DENNIS Nilsen remains one of the UK's worst serial killers, murdering at least 12 young boys and men in North London over a five year period.
A new ITV drama, Des, will delve into the twisted psycho's life and his trail of evil in the late 70s and early 80s. But who is Nilsen and is he still alive?
Is Dennis Nilsen still alive?
Dennis Nilsen remains one of the UK's most notorious serial killers and is thought to have killed up to 15 people between 1978 and 1983.
His gruesome murders were committed in the two North London addresses where he resided between 1978 and 1983.
According to reports from the time, following each murder, Nilsen would bathed and dress the body of his victim, which he retained for extended periods of time.
He would then dissect and dispose of their remains on a bonfire or flushing them down a lavatory.
Nilsen confessed his crimes to police in February 1983 after a visit by police to his home at 23 Cranley Gardens in Muswell Hill, north London.
Cops were investigating fragments of human bone and flesh clogging up drains in the area.
Nilsen was later convicted at the Old Bailey of six counts of murder and two of attempted murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
But two years ago, Nilsen died in May 2018 at the age of 72 at HMP Full Sutton in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
How did Dennis Nilsen die?
Nilsen was taken from Full Sutton prison to York Hospital on May 10, 2018, after complaining of severe stomach pains.
Doctors found the killer to have a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm which was repaired.
But he subsequently suffered a blood clot as a complication of the surgery and died two days later on May 12.
A post-mortem revealed showed Nilsen’s immediate cause of death was a pulmonary embolism and retroperitoneal haemorrhage
How long was he in prison for?
Nilsen was sentenced to life imprisonment, but his sentence was upgraded to whole life in 1994 – meaning he would never be released.
The Scottish killer served 34 years of his whole life sentence before he died from a pulmonary embolism and retroperitoneal haemorrhage.
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