Killer dubbed the 'mad scientist' after he hacked his own mother and father to death escaped from mental health hospital

  • Daniel Rosenthal, 58, escaped from Tatchbury Mount Hospital, Totton
  • Paranoid schizophrenic was last seen at 2.30pm yesterday
  • He was dubbed the ‘mad scientist’ when he was jailed for life in 1981
  • Hacked his father to death before dismembering his mother’s body
  • Police found the killer in Southampton this morning
  • Local MP said it is 'disturbing' that he was allowed on unsupervised walks

By Anthony Bond

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Hunt: Paranoid schizophrenic and convicted murderer Daniel Rosenthal, 58, has been found in Southampton this morning after going missing from a mental health hospital

Hunt: Paranoid schizophrenic and convicted murderer Daniel Rosenthal, 58, has been found in Southampton this morning after going missing from a mental health hospital

One of Britain’s most brutal murderers who hacked both his mother and father to death has been found in Southampton today after he escaped from a mental health hospital.

Paranoid schizophrenic Daniel Rosenthal, 58,  was last seen at 2.30pm yesterday taking 'a routine unsupervised walk around the gardens' of Tatchbury Mount Hospital, Totton.

His disappearance sparked a huge police manhunt with members of the public warned not to approach him.

But Hampshire Police said today that the killer was found in Southampton this morning.

A police spokesman said: 'Daniel Rosenthal was located in Southampton around 11am this morning and has returned to Tatchbury Mount Hospital.

'Police would like to thank members of the public and the media for their assistance with enquiries into his whereabouts.'

Rosenthal, 58, was dubbed the ‘mad scientist’ when he was jailed for life in 1981 after dismembering his mother’s body with a hacksaw.

A court heard he hacked his father to death in France and dumped his body near Paris before returning to the family home in Hampshire to kill his mother.

Rosenthal is a patient at Tatchbury Mount Hospital which is on the edge of the New Forest in Totton, near Southampton.

The hospital, run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, is just 15 miles from the family home in Hedge End, near Southampton, where he brutally killed his mother.

After he was found this morning, Dr Julian Lewis, Tory MP for New Forest East, questioned why Rosenthal was given the freedom of taking unsupervised walks.

 

He said: 'Whilst it is a relief that this man has been found, it is disturbing that someone regarded as a danger to the public - who should not be approached - was allowed to go for unsupervised walks.'

Rosenthal was locked up after Winchester Crown Court heard he hacked his father Milton to death in Paris, then hid the body in a British bin bag in a forest 100 miles from the French capital.

He then returned to England and killed his 60 year old mother, Leah Rosenthal, cutting up her body with a hacksaw at their house.

Missing: Rosenthal, 58, was last seen at 2.30pm yesterday taking 'a routine unsupervised walk around the gardens' of Tatchbury Mount Hospital, Totton, pictured

Missing: Rosenthal, 58, was last seen at 2.30pm yesterday taking 'a routine unsupervised walk around the gardens' of Tatchbury Mount Hospital, Totton, pictured

Her body was never found and police believe her remains were unwittingly carted off by dustmen. He could not be charged with the murder of his father.

Rosenthal was dubbed ‘the mad scientist’ because of weird experiments he carried out on chicken eggs and embryos in a ‘lab’ he built in the living room.

He claimed to be a ‘genius’ and would leave bloodied feathers and chicken remains - the remnants of his bizarre experiments - in bags for the dustmen.

The home in Hedge End was finally sold for £50,000 in 1994 and Rosenthal collected a sum of £16,000 despite serving a life sentence.

At the time a spokesman for the solicitors’ firm dealing with his mother’s will said they hoped he would never be able to spend the money.

She added: 'Our worst nightmare is of Daniel Rosenthal on the streets again.'

Killer: Rosenthal, 58, was dubbed the ¿mad scientist¿ when he was jailed for life in 1981 after dismembering his mother¿s body with a hacksaw. He also hacked his father to death

Killer: Rosenthal, 58, was dubbed the 'mad scientist' when he was jailed for life in 1981 after dismembering his mother's body with a hacksaw. He also hacked his father to death

Speaking earlier today, Hampshire Police spokesman Julie Knight said today: 'We are conducting an ongoing, extensive search for Daniel Rosenthal.

'He is considered potentially dangerous and a risk to the public.

'Police are urging members of the public to report any sightings of him by calling 999 and should not approach him.

'He is a patient from Tatchbury Mount Hospital, Totton, and has been missing since around 2.30pm on August 10.

Dead: This shows the bungalow where the killer's 60 year old mother, Leah went missing from

Dead: This shows the bungalow where the killer's 60 year old mother, Leah went missing from

Vicious: Rosenthal killed his 60 year old mother by cutting up her body with a hacksaw at their house

Vicious: Rosenthal killed his 60 year old mother by cutting up her body with a hacksaw at their house


'Rosenthal, who is 58-years-old, is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and is a convicted murderer.

'He was last seen at about 2.30pm, when he went for a routine, unsupervised walk around the gardens of the hospital.

'Police have carried out initial searches in the hospital, its grounds and the surrounding areas. Other enquiries are progressing.

'Rosenthal has been known to visit various areas of the New Forest and Southampton.'

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"He could not be charged with the murder of his father."..........why was this?

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live 5 doors away from the old house, alot of people here thought he may try to come back

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"His disappearance sparked a huge police manhunt with members of the public warned not to approach him." Funny thing is, I was visiting my parents yesterday who live a mile away from the hospital, heard on the radio on the way down this man was missing from 'near Totton', knew damn well it was Tatchbury Mount, yet didn't see any sign of police presence in the neighbourhood. Just how big was this HUGE manhunt and where were they searching exactly? The surrounding area is quite rural, I know it very well growing up around there yet there were no police patrol vehicles, no helicopter overhead, no visits from the police to ask if we had seen this individual. I honestly didn't see any sign of any police. What's the truth DM or are you using artistic licence in your journalism again?

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What bonehead allowed this mental midget to go for unsupervised walks? Another case of British justice at its finest.

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This is rather scary to be honest.

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i think southampton just lets their mentally ill people wander anywhere....i had an unfortunate meeting with a psychiatric patient at the local psychiatric hospital that also has an outpatients dept for other problems.... he was holding clipboard and tried to help me to park by trying to direct me reversing into a space....only when i got out of the car and he kept shouting at me to shut and lock the door, even when i had done it did i realise he was a 'care in the community' patient on a visit to the hospital....he followed me and continued to shout out about locking my car.....scared me to death....

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Broken Britain indeed. Locked up should mean exactly that.

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If he's that dangerous he should be in one of the Special Hospitals like Broadmoor, Rampton etc which are secure.

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My wife and I looked at the bungalow in Nordic Gardens, Hedge End, Southampton in 1981, It was worth about 85k at the time, was told the family would accept any offer on the property, Estate Agent had to tell us the reason why the place would not sell, they would probably accept our offer of 40k. After considering the fact that this chap had murdered his parents for the property we had the idea that one day he would turn up on the doorstep real`y miffed off at finding us living there in `his` house. The lathe he turned his mums zimmer frame into bits was in the middle of the lounge, the patio and garden had been dug up by the police and the bathroom suite renewed, so we knew where mum had gone, needless to say my wife was out of there like Linford Christie, closely followed by me, so our fear at the time was well placed it seems.

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It's sad that a mentally ill man is being targeted by the daily mail. He's ill. He was lost and found. These things happen. What surprises me is the lack of concern for this mans wellbeing And using his personal records of ill health to sensationalise and scaremonger people into more ignorance of mental health illnesses .

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