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Serial killer Dennis Nilsen dies 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.

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
Serial killer Dennis Nilsen dies in prison
Serial killer Dennis Nilsen dies in prison

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.

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

After luring his victims to their death, Nilsen would often sit with their corpses for days before dismembering them.

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

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.

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

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.”

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