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Dennis Nilsen

Scottish serial killer and necrophile

Died when: 72 years 160 days (869 months)
Star Sign: Sagittarius


Dennis Nilsen

Dennis Andrew Nilsen (23 November 1945 – 12 May 2018) was a Scottish serial killer and necrophile who murdered at least twelve young men and boys between 1978 and 1983 in London.

Convicted at the Old Bailey of six counts of murder and two of attempted murder, Nilsen was sentenced to life imprisonment on 4 November 1983, with a recommendation that he serve a minimum of twenty-five years.

This recommendation was later changed to a whole life tariff in December 1994.In his later years, Nilsen was imprisoned at Full Sutton maximum security prison.

All of Nilsen's murders were committed at the two North London addresses where he lived between 1978 and 1983.His victims would be lured to these addresses through deception and killed by strangulation, sometimes accompanied by drowning.

Following each murder, Nilsen would observe a ritual in which he bathed and dressed the victim's body, which he retained for extended periods of time, before dissecting and disposing of the remains by burning them in a bonfire or flushing them down a toilet.

Nilsen became known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, as he committed his later murders in the Muswell Hill district of North London.

He died at York Hospital on 12 May 2018 of a pulmonary embolism and a retroperitoneal haemorrhage, which occurred following surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

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