He was a former police officer and civil servant who previously worked as a butcher, and he used his experience to become one of the most prolific serial killers operating in London. Dennis Nilsen, who died in prison yesterday aged 72, lured gay men to his home, then killed them to prevent them leaving in the morning. He would then dismember their bodies, hacking off their heads and hands, and keep them beneath the floorboards of his home. For him these bodies allowed him to be close to his victims and stop being the lonely figure he had been since childhood. It also finally gave him the power he had craved, authority over the young men he had sought to overpower who he would then hack to pieces, boil and bury. Even his disposal of the victims was calculating. When the remains got too smelly in his London flat Nilsen would move them to the garden, hiding his crimes in a grim makeshift cemetery where he could retain his physical closeness and the “spiritual communion” he felt he had with the dead. As he explained his twisted fantasies he told police about how he would make the men he killed… Read full this story
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