A homeless drifter will die in prison after being convicted of the murders of a vicar and a retired teacher.
Stephen Farrow, 48, was found unanimously guilty of the murder of the Rev John Suddards, 59, and guilty by a majority of 11-1 of the murder of Betty Yates, 77.
Both were viciously attacked in their own homes six weeks apart by Farrow.
Farrow, who showed no emotion as the verdicts were returned, was told by a judge at Bristol Crown Court that he had committed two "horrific" murders and would never be released.
Mr Justice Field told Farrow, who was surrounded by security guards: "Stephen Farrow, you have been found guilty of two horrific murders.
"On January 2 this year you somehow got into Betty Yates's home in the afternoon or early evening. Mrs Yates lived in a remote spot at the banks of the River Severn. She was 77 years old but she led an active life.
"You struck Mrs Yates from behind with a heavy walking stick, hitting her hard at least twice to the back of the head with the rounded, bulbous handle. You hit her with such force that the walking stick splintered.
"I am quite satisfied on the evidence that has been presented that Mrs Yates fell unconscious, hitting her face on the floor. You then arranged her body and you put a pillow under her head. I am quite sure that having done that, you then inflicted the four stab wounds which you inflicted."