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The Victims

 

 

Date

Name

Age

1

30th December 1978

Stephen Holmes

Met in a gay bar, strangles then drowned in a\ bucket of water.

Nilsen was NOT charged for this murder

14

2

3rd December 1979

Kenneth Ockenden

Nilsen strangled him with the cord of his headphones whilst Ockendon was listening to music.

23

3

13th May 1980

Martyn Duffey

Nilsen strangled and then drowned Duffey in the kitchen sink

16

4

August 1980

Billy Sutherland

Nilsen could not remember how he murdered Sutherland; it was later discovered that Sutherland had been strangled by bare hands.

27

5  

Unidentified

A man who worked as a prostitute; this man was never identified

 
6  

Unidentified

A young Irish labourer who Nilsen had met in the Cricklewood Arms pub. never identified

 
7  

Unidentified

A man found sleeping in a doorway in Charing Cross. never identified

 
8  

Unidentified

Nilsen could not remember much, except that he kept the man's body under the floorboards of his flat, until he removed the corpse and cut it into three pieces then put it back again. He burned the corpse one year later.never identified

 
9 January, 1981

Unidentified

A young Scottish man who Nilsen met in the Golden Lion pub in Soho,never identified

 
10  

Unidentified

Another young Scottish man. Nilsen strangled him and placed the body under the floorboards.

 
11  

Unidentified

A skinhead picked up in Piccadilly Circus. The man boasted to Nilsen about how tough he was and how he liked to fight. Once he was drunk, he proved no match for Nilsen, who hung the man's naked torso in his bedroom for a day, before burying the body under the floorboards.

 
12

18 September 1981

Malcolm Barlow

Nilsen found Barlow in a doorway took him in, he was pleased to be invited in for a meal and a few drinks. Nilsen murdered Barlow that night.

Barlow was the final victim to be murdered at Melrose Avenue.

24

13

March 1982

John Howlett

John Howlett was the first victim to be murdered in  Muswell Hill. Nilsen drowned him, holding his head under water for five minutes. Nilsen then dismembered the body, and hid some of Howlett's body parts around the house and flushed others down the toilet.

 

14

September 1982

Graham Allan

Nilsen crept up on Allen while he was eating and strangled him.. After murdering Allen, Nilsen left the body in the bath, unsure how to dispose of it. After three days, he dismembered it, like his previous victim. Parts of Allens' remains were what led to the drains being blocked at the flats where Nilsen lived.

 

15

23 January 1983

Steven Sinclair

Sinclair drank alcohol and used heroin at Nilsen's house, Nilsen strangled him and dismembered the body. Nilsen recalled that the mans wrists were covered in slash marks from where Sinclair had recently tried to kill himself.

20

 

Nilsen was charged with six counts of murder, but admitted to killing 15 victims in total, between December 1978 and February 1983.

 

Back to Dennis Nilsen Factfile; here >>

 

Nilsen is one of the prisoners on the Home Office list of prisoners Never to be released,  see list here >>

 

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