Dennis Nilsen

Police find human remains

The Guardian, February 16 1983

Police searching for human remains at a house in north London yesterday found a large quantity of bones, men's clothing and an old cheque book scattered on waste ground behind the house.

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Nilsen denies murder as his trial opens

The Guardian, October 1 1983

A civil servant who was arrested in February after human remains were found in the drains outside his home in Muswell Hill, north London, confessed to police that he had killed 15 or 16 people and tried to kill about seven others.
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Nilsen confessed to police he had killed up to 16 men

The Guardian, October 25 1983

A civil servant who was arrested in February after human remains were found in the drains outside his home in Muswell Hill, north London, confessed to police that he had killed 15 or 16 people and tried to kill about seven others.
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Nilsen's murders, in his own words to police

The Guardian, October 25 1983

A bespectacled civil servant from North London sat silently in the dock at the Old Bailey yesterday while a Crown barrister described how he had killed at least 15 people and attempted to kill seven more.
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Nilsen wrote to police debating the motive for his killings

The Guardian, October 26 1983

Dennis Nilsen wrote a series of notes and letters from his prison cell to police officers who were working on his case, outlining his feelings about his killings and about his life.
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Defence psychiatrist probes Nilsen's mind and motives

The Guardian, October 27 1983

A forensic psychiatrist spent two hours at the Old Bailey yesterday explaining why he believes that Dennis Nilsen is suffering from a personality disorder which diminishes his responsibility for his killings.
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The nameless disorder of Dennis Nilsen

The Guardian, October 28 1983

Dennis Nilsen is suffering from a severe personality disorder which has no name, but which includes paranoid, schizoid, hysterical and sociopathic tendencies, an Old Bailey jury was told yesterday.
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"Killings had no normal motive" - psychiatrist

The Guardian, October 29 1983

Dennis Nilsen clung to normality "like a man drowning in nightmares" before succumbing to periods of fantasy when he would kill people as if they were mere objects, a psychiatrist told an Old Bailey jury yesterday.
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Psychiatrist backs Crown case that Nilsen is not mentally ill

The Guardian, November 1 1983

A Crown psychiatrist yesterday told an Old Bailey jury that Dennis Nilsen murdered his victims out of an overwhelming desire to kill and not because of any mental disorder which might have diminished his responsibility.
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Crown press for murder verdict as Nilsen trial comes to its end

The Guardian, November 2 1983

The trial of Dennis Nilsen yesterday moved into its final stages at the Old Bailey, with the Crown suggesting in its closing speech that Nilsen killed for fun and then used great cunning and bluff to cover his tracks.
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Nilsen is convicted of murder and jailed for life

The Guardian, November 5 1983

Dennis Nilsen was sent to prison with eight life sentences yesterday, leaving Scotland Yard to explain why it had failed to interrupt his catalogue of at least 15 killings despite a series of warnings from victims who survived his assaults.
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Nilsen - the invisible murderer

The Guardian, November 5 1983

Dennis Nilsen was baffled by his own success. Constantly expecting to be caught, he could not understand why he was still at liberty. "I was in a quasi- Godlike role," he reflected later. "I thought I could do anything I wanted. While this was going on, there were people upstairs and people next door, and nobody knew."
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Inside the mind of the kaleidoscopic killer

The Guardian, November 5 1983

Dennis Andrew Nilsen was born on November 23 1945 in the harbour town of Fraserburgh in north east Scotland. He left school when he was 15, spent 11 years in the army as a cook, and joined the police for a year before becoming a clerk with the Manpower Services Commission, where he has worked since May 20 1974.
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Marketing horror at Nilsen's flat

The Guardian, November 28 1983

An open day was staged at Dennis Nilsen's old home yesterday for neighbours, passers-by and would-be buyers who had seen it beguilingly advertised in the local paper as "the house of horrors."

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