Hardy is born in Staffordshire
He marries Judith Dwight and has four children. The family move to Australia

Hardy is arrested for trying to drown his wife. Charges are later dropped

The marriage breaks down and Hardy returns to London alone

Hardy moves between hostels

Hardy is sent to a psychiatrist hospital

Hardy is arrested for an assault on a prostitute. The charges are dropped

Hardy moves into a flat in Royal College Street in Camden, north London

Jan 2002
Police are called in to investigate an attack at Hardy’s neighbour flat. They find the body of prostitute Sally White. The pathologist deems the cause of death as natural causes.

March 2002
Hardy is sent to St Luke’s psychiatric hospital in north London after a dispute with a neighbour

Nov 2002
Hardy is released is from hospital when doctors say he is no danger to public.

Dec 2002
The dismembered body parts of Bridgette MacClennan and Elizabeth Valad are discovered

Dec 2002
Police find Elizabeth Valad’s torso in Hardy’s London flat

Jan 2003
Police arrest Hardy at Great Ormond Street hospital in London

Nov 2003
Hardy’s trial begins. He changes his plea to guilty for all three murders
24 Nov 2003
Hardy is found guilty on all charges and given a life sentence

May 2010
Mr Justice Keith orders that Hardy will die in prison

August 2012
Freddy Patel, the pathologist who examined the body of Sally White, is struck off by the GMC