NAME: Dennis Nilsen
SPAN OF KILLINGS: 1978 - 1983
NUMBER OF VICTIMS: 16
SENTENCE: Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1983
DATE OF BIRTH: 23/11/1945
CURRENT STATUS: Life in prison
MORE INFO: Nilsen killed at least fifteen men and boys in gruesome circumstances between 1978 and 1983 and was known to retain corpses for sex acts. He was eventually caught after his disposal of dismembered human entrails blocked his household drains: the drain cleaning company found that the drains were congested with human flesh and contacted the police. All his victims were students or homeless men whom he picked up in bars and brought to his house either for sex or just for company. Nilsen strangled and drowned his victims during the night, waking with little memory of what he had done. He used his butchering skills, learned in the army, to help him dispose of the bodies. Nilsen had access to a large garden and was able to burn many of the remains in a bonfire. Due to the similarities between their crimes, sexuality and lifestyle, Nilsen has been referred to as the "British Jeffrey Dahmer".
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