Serial killer Dennis Nilsen dies in prison


Serial killer Dennis Nilsen, who killed at least 12 men between 1978 and 1983, has died in prison.

The 72-year-old former civil servant from Aberdeenshire is believed to have died from natural causes.

He was convicted of the murders in 1983 and was imprisoned at HMP Full Sutton maximum security prison in Yorkshire.

Nilsen died in prison on Saturday, 34 years into his life sentence, according to the Ministry of Justice.

He was named the Muswell Hill Murderer because a number of his murders were committed at his home in Muswell Hill in north London.

He is known to have attempted to kill seven other men and boys. He initially confessed in 1983 to having killed 15 victims.

Dennis Nilsen (L) leaving Highgate Magistrates Court after he was charged with the murder of Stephen Sinclair.
Image: Nilsen (L) in 1983 after he was charged with the murder of Stephen Sinclair

The majority of his victims were vulnerable boys or men, many of whom were homeless or homosexual.

After strangling them, he would bathe their lifeless remains and dress them up; placing them around his home and sleeping at their side.

When this grotesque illusion of intimacy drew to a close, he would stow the bodies under floorboards, eventually dismembering and burning them.

His crimes were only detected by chance – when a drain outside his home became blocked by the human remains he had tried to flush away.

A controversial Central TV documentary Murder in Mind featured extracts from an interview Nilsen gave in Albany Prison, Isle of Wight, in 1993.

He described how he liked to dress the bodies in pants and vests, then undress them, and enjoyed the feeling of power when he carried their “limp” bodies.

Nilsen (R) after he was sentenced to life after being convicted of six murders and two attempted murders
Image: Nilsen (R) after he was sentenced to life after being convicted of six murders and two attempted murders

Nilsen said: “It was an expression of my power to lift and carry him and have control.

“The dangling elements of his limp limbs was an expression of his passivity. The more passive he could be, the more powerful I was.”

In the final section of the interview, he said: “The bodies all gone. Everything’s gone, there’s nothing left. But I still feel spiritual communion with these people.”

Nilsen was jailed for life with a recommendation he serve a minimum of 25 years, on six counts of murder and two of attempted murder.

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A Prison Service spokesman said: “Dennis Andrew Nilsen, date of birth November 23 1945, died in custody at HMP Full Sutton on Saturday, May 12 2018.

“As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.”

From – SkyNews


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