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Unfolding Dennis Nilsen And His Saga Of Crime And Serial Killing

The world has witnessed many destructive personalities. Among which was Dennis Nilsen, one of United Kingdom’s most dreadful serial killer.

Dennis Nilsen- The Dreadful Serial Killer

It was the period between 1978 to 1983, where Dennis Nilsen became a name for terror in the United Kingdom. Said to be born in Fraserburg, he was of Scottish origin. As for his early life he was born to a solider father and his mother was a homemaker. Although his parents separated just a few years after his birth, but he didn’t really have a troubled childhood.

Dennis Nilsen
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Recalling his childhood days Nilsen had stated that he had many good memories with his siblings and other members of his family. But it was the death of his grandfather from a heart attack which actually disturbed him. And he started detaching himself from everyone.

But nonetheless growing up he started discovering many facts about himself which in turn disturbed him.

Drastic Turn In Nilsen’s Life

There were certain reasons that actually affected Nilsen’s life as a teenager. He met with a fatal encounter where almost drowned into the sea, it not for a stranger who immediately saved him. Nilsen felt as if he was being pulled by his grandfather under the water.

Dennis Nilsen
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Also his mother remarried , but Nilsen eventually got along with his step father. But as he stepped into puberty he started releasing that he is sexually attracted to men i.e is homosexual. And during those days same-sex relationships were seen as crime. So when Nilsen discovered that he is inclined towards men and started having feelings for his male friends, he got more disturbed.

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Because he couldn’t express his desires or feelings. And this had an adverse effect on him. Later he joined the army and served well for quite a few years. But his struggle with his identity was still there and with time his same sex sexual fantasies overpowered him.

Gruesome Murders

Nilsen was transferred to London and after which he had some sort of homosexual relationships with some man.  But they never lasted long. Maybe that is the reason that gave raise to the inner demon in him.

Dennis Nilsen
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Therefore he started killing men especially teenage boys. His first victim was a 14 year old boy he met at pub. He befriended the boy and lured him to visiting him at his residence. After which they spent the night together. But in the morning Nilsen woke up with a bizarre thought.

And it was what if the boy leave him like all other men. Therefore he strangled the boy and engaged himself in a sexual activity with the corpse. Thus proving that he was a necrophiliac as well. And after this murder there was no looking back for him.

He turned into a serial killer. Thus luring men to his residence and killed them. Within a period of five years he murdered almost 15 men.

Later in 1983, he confessed his crimes and was sentenced to 25 years of jail. After which in 1994 it was changed to lifetime imprisonment. Nilsen passed away in 2018 due to retro-peritoneal hemorrhage.

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Pratibha Bhattacharjee is pursuing her Masters in Mass Communication & Journalism and has keen interest in writing political as well as entertainment related content. She is also an avid reader and spends her leisure time in reading. Apart from that she loves photography. Being an aspiring journalist she has a nose for news and is always in her quest to find new stories!