A British killer convicted in a gay-bashing murder will marry a fellow murderer in a first for that nation’s prison system. Via the Daily Mail:
Mikhail Ivan Gallatinov, 40, who was jailed in 1997 for what a judge labelled a ‘callous, chilling killing’, is to marry fellow prisoner Marc Goodwin. Goodwin, 31, was the leader of a gang that roamed the streets of Blackpool looking for homosexuals to attack. He was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years in 2007 after being found guilty of murdering Malcolm Benfold, 57, who was beaten to death. His trial heard that he and two friends had agreed to go ‘gay bashing’. Goodwin and Gallatinov – who strangled 28-year-old gay man Adrian Kaminsky – met while behind bars, according to the Daily Mirror. They have been given official permission for the ceremony at HMP Full Sutton, Yorkshire. No details of the wedding have been revealed, although a notice of the marriage has reportedly been posted at the register office in the nearest town, Beverley. On the notice, both men give their occupation as bar staff.
Other British killers have been permitted to marry women while behind bars. (Tipped by JMG reader Kent)