I’ve stared into the eyes of Britain's most notorious serial killers & rapists – John Sweeney was a cold-blooded psycho | The Sun
AN ex-policeman has described what it was like to stare into the eyes of some of Britain's most notorious serial killers and rapists.
Throughout his 30-year career, Mick Jones has faced down the likes of Levi Bellfield and David Smith – even reducing one of them to tears.
But the worst of them all, he says, was "scalp hunter" killer John Sweeney, who murdered and dismembered two former girlfriends before dumping their remains in canals.
The monster is behind bars for life for the horrific crimes. But before he was locked up, Mick had to quiz him.
He told WalesOnline: "He is probably one of the most terrifying men I have ever interviewed.
"He was a complete psychopath and a cold-blooded murderer. He was cold about everything.
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"He showed no remorse and was matter of fact about the fact he cut people up and murdered them."
Mick's policing career began in 1976 when he joined The Met in London.
It was there he worked on high-profile missing person and murder cases and came face to face with Bellfield, Smith and Sweeney.
His first murder investigation was that of 14-year-old schoolgirl Patsy Morris, who vanished while at school in 1980.
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Her body was discovered in undergrowth near her home two days later.
Decades on, it transpired the youngster was childhood pals with serial killer and rapist Bellfield.
Although links between the pair were investigated, he has never been formally charged in connection with her death.
He is, however, banged up for the murders of Marsha McDonnell and Amelie Delagrange, and the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy.
Mick said of Bellfield: "He was a control freak and always aggressive.
"What I knew of him beforehand fitted [with his crimes].
"He was a very arrogant and full of himself – the kind of person who thought he was bigger and better than anyone else.”
John Sweeney was a complete psychopath and a cold-blooded murderer.
Mick, from Brynamman, South West Wales, later became a CID officer, which saw him visit the house of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, who was reported missing in 1986.
She was declared dead and presumed murdered in 1993, but no one has ever been convicted.
John Cannan, responsible for the murder of Shirley Banks in 1987 and a string of other rapes and abductions, is believed to be behind it – but the CPS decided in 2002 there was insufficient evidence to charge him.
After the CID, Mick completed a short stint in the domestic violence unit before joining the murder squad.
There, he met rapist and murderer Smith, who attacked and killed sex worker Amanda Walker in 1999.
Mick described him as a "cold-blooded honey monster", who, when he arrived to charge him, broke down and cried before calling for his mum.
Reflecting on his dark and difficult career now he has retired, Mick said it "certainly affected his personal life".
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The dad-of-two and grandad-of-four was married twice and found himself "hardly home" as he worked "really long hours".
But it was all worth it to "get justice for the families" who were "ripped apart by the most unimaginable grief", he said.
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