Case 144

The Muswell Hill Murderer

(Part 2)

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Case 144

The Muswell Hill Murderer

(Part 2)

[Part 2 of 3]

When Dennis Nilsen moved out of his flat at 195 Melrose Avenue in Cricklewood, he had already taken the lives of twelve victims. By Monday, November 23 1981, he had been living in his new flat at 23 Cranley Gardens in Muswell Hill for seven weeks and was eager to put the past behind him and start afresh.

________

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched by Holly Boyd

Episode written by Elsha McGill 

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska 

 

RESOURCES

 

DOCUMENTARIES:

Murders That Shocked the Nation: John Christie and 10 Rillington Place

 

BOOKS:

Killing for Company: The Case of Dennis Nilsen – by Brian Masters

Dennis Nilsen: Conversations with Britain’s Most Evil Serial Killer – by Russell Coffey

Murder in Mind: Dennis Nilsen – by Raj Persaud, Brian Masters, and Colin Wilson

The Black Museum: New Scotland Yard – by Bill Waddell

London: from Plunk to Blair (a selection of essays): Gay London – by Mark W Turner (from page 50)

 

VIDEOS:

Interview with Dennis Nilsen (shown in the programme “Murder In Mind”, Carlton TV, 1993) conducted by Paul Britton (October 1992)

Killing For Company BBC 2 1991 Dennis Nilsen Documentary with Brian Masters

Real Crime: A mind to murder: Dennis Nilsen (S03E04) 2003 (Full Documentary)

Born to Kill? Dennis Nilsen: The Kindly Killer – Documentary 2005, Season 3, Episode 5

Dennis Nilsen Home Movie Clips (mid-1970s)

Britain’s Most Evil Killers, “Dennis Nilsen” (Season 1, Episode 8), 21 April 2017

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES:

Brittain, R. P. (1970). The Sadistic Murderer. Medicine, Science and the Law, 10(4), 198–207.

MacCulloch, M. J., Snowden, P. R., Wood, P. J. W. and Mills, H. E. (1983) ‘Sadistic Fantasy, Sadistic Behaviour and Offending’. British Journal of Psychiatry 143: 20–9.

MacCulloch M, Gray, N & Watt, A (2000) Brittain’s Sadistic Murderer Syndrome reconsidered: an associative account of the aetiology of sadistic sexual fantasy, The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 11:2, 401-418.

 

ARTICLES:

Dennis Nilsen: I have no tears for these victims – The Guardian (26 October 1983)

Defence psychiatrist probes Nilsen’s mind and motives – The Guardian (27 October 1983)

The nameless disorder of Dennis Nilsen – The Guardian (28 October 1983)

“Killings had no normal motive” – Psychiatrist – The Guardian (29 October 1983)

Psychiatrist backs Crown Case that Nilsen is not mentally ill – The Guardian (1 November 1983)

Crown press for murder verdict as Nilsen trial comes to its end – The Guardian (2 November 1983)

Nilsen convicted of murder and jailed for life – The Guardian (5 November 1983)

‘Living nightmare’ baffled by his own success – The Guardian (November 5 1983) – Accessed via Newspapers.com

Marketing horror at Nilsen’s flat – The Guardian (28 November 1983)

Nilsen TV interview banned – The Independent (20 January 1993)

Nilsen interview broadcast after appeal is rejected – The Independent (27 January 1993)

Interview: Empathy for the devil: Brian Masters… – The Independent (31 January 1993)

Killer’s book challenge can proceed – BBC News (25 October 2001)

Woman living in Dublin told her brother was first victim of killer – The Irish Times (13 January 2006)

Dennis Nilsen’s extraordinary letter – Daily Mail (9 November 2006)

Met Police’s infamous Black Museum of chilling evidence could become a tourist attraction – The Mirror (7 August 2013)

‘This man is a monster, he should not be allowed a voice’: Murder victim’s brother makes desperate plea to stop Dennis Nilsen’s memoirs being published – Daily Mail (10 November 2013)

Buyer found for serial killer Dennis Nilsen’s London flat as its gruesome history cuts price to £300k – The Mirror (6 June 2015)

Dennis Nilsen: ‘Why I will never fight for my freedom’ – The Press and Journal (16 November 2016)

Why I wrote to serial killer Dennis Nilsen…And see his letters for the first time – The Press and Journal (18 November 2016)

Serial killer Dennis Nilsen dies in prison aged 72 – The Guardian (13 May 2018)

Fiend’s boiling in hell: Dennis Nilsen dead at 72… dies after crippling gut pains in prison – The Scottish Sun (12 May 2018)

Made a killing: We bought Dennis Nilsen’s murder home… – The Scottish Sun (17 May 2018)

The secret funeral and cremation of north-east killer Dennis Nilsen cost the taxpayer £3,300 – The Press and Journal (2 July 2018)

Dennis Nilsen: Serial killer died in ‘excruciating pain’ – The BBC (23 October 2019)

Dennis Nilsen: Serial killer ‘lay dying in his own filth’ in prison cell inquest hears – The Independent (24 October 2019)

Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen thought he was a sick genius…but he was a deluded psychopath and his letters still make my blood run cold (Russ Coffey) – Daily Mail (14 May 2018)

ITV commissions three-part drama, Des – with David Tennant as Dennis Nilsen – ITV (22 November 2019)

ITV series about killer Dennis Nilsen angers victims families – The Daily Mail (28 December 2019)

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

R (Nilsen) v Governor of HMP Full Sutton & Secretary of State for the Home Department [2003] EWHC 3160 (Admin)

[Appeal] R (Nilsen) v Governor of HMP Full Sutton & Secretary of State for the Home Department [2004] EWCA Civ 1540

Dennis Andrew NILSEN v the United Kingdom – 36882/05 [2010] ECHR 470

 

PRISON RECORDS:

Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Fatal Incident Report – Independent Investigation into the death of Dennis Nilsen a prisoner at HMP Full Sutton on 12 May 2018, published 24 October 2019

 

HANSARD:

Parliamentary Debate, House of Lords (in Committee and in Chambers) (9 February 2012)
https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201212/ldhansrd/text/120209-0001.htm
https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2012-02-09/debates/bb8965f0-f5bd-45bd-a874-96ccbd94b9c3/LordsChamber
https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2012-03-20/debates/12032057001221/LegalAidSentencingAndPunishmentOfOffendersBill

Hansard 1985, Written Questions and Answers (Commons), Attorney General
https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/written-answers/1985/mar/11/killing-for-company-the-case-of-dennis
https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/written-answers/1985/jun/06/killing-for-company
Referring to the Obscene Publications Act 1959

Human Rights Act – Reporting in the Media (HC 1049 UK Bill of Rights Commission) (Session 2010-12), Written evidence submitted by Helen Wildbore, Human Rights Futures Project (14 July 2011)

 

MAGAZINES:

Memoirs of a Serial Killer – Sunday Time Magazine Cover Story (Crosseyed Cat; Russ Coffey) (7 September 2003)

QX Magazine Feature – West End Boys

A timeline of LGBTQ communities in the UK

 

BLOGS:

Dennis Nilsen’s Autobiography – Blog (has a short extract from Nilsen’s unpublished manuscript Nilsen’s History of a Drowning Boy, regarding the death of his grandfather)

Shane Levene

“Hero” Serial Killers – Psychology Today (26 June 2016)

 

WEBSITES:

Legislation.gov.uk

Pound Sterling Live

XE

Zoopla

 

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[Part 2 of 3]

When Dennis Nilsen moved out of his flat at 195 Melrose Avenue in Cricklewood, he had already taken the lives of twelve victims. By Monday, November 23 1981, he had been living in his new flat at 23 Cranley Gardens in Muswell Hill for seven weeks and was eager to put the past behind him and start afresh.

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched by Holly Boyd

Episode written by Elsha McGill 

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska 

 

RESOURCES

 

DOCUMENTARIES:

Murders That Shocked the Nation: John Christie and 10 Rillington Place

 

BOOKS:

Killing for Company: The Case of Dennis Nilsen – by Brian Masters

Dennis Nilsen: Conversations with Britain’s Most Evil Serial Killer – by Russell Coffey

Murder in Mind: Dennis Nilsen – by Raj Persaud, Brian Masters, and Colin Wilson

The Black Museum: New Scotland Yard – by Bill Waddell

London: from Plunk to Blair (a selection of essays): Gay London – by Mark W Turner (from page 50)

 

VIDEOS:

Interview with Dennis Nilsen (shown in the programme “Murder In Mind”, Carlton TV, 1993) conducted by Paul Britton (October 1992)

Killing For Company BBC 2 1991 Dennis Nilsen Documentary with Brian Masters

Real Crime: A mind to murder: Dennis Nilsen (S03E04) 2003 (Full Documentary)

Born to Kill? Dennis Nilsen: The Kindly Killer – Documentary 2005, Season 3, Episode 5

Dennis Nilsen Home Movie Clips (mid-1970s)

Britain’s Most Evil Killers, “Dennis Nilsen” (Season 1, Episode 8), 21 April 2017

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES:

Brittain, R. P. (1970). The Sadistic Murderer. Medicine, Science and the Law, 10(4), 198–207.

MacCulloch, M. J., Snowden, P. R., Wood, P. J. W. and Mills, H. E. (1983) ‘Sadistic Fantasy, Sadistic Behaviour and Offending’. British Journal of Psychiatry 143: 20–9.

MacCulloch M, Gray, N & Watt, A (2000) Brittain’s Sadistic Murderer Syndrome reconsidered: an associative account of the aetiology of sadistic sexual fantasy, The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 11:2, 401-418.

 

ARTICLES:

Dennis Nilsen: I have no tears for these victims – The Guardian (26 October 1983)

Defence psychiatrist probes Nilsen’s mind and motives – The Guardian (27 October 1983)

The nameless disorder of Dennis Nilsen – The Guardian (28 October 1983)

“Killings had no normal motive” – Psychiatrist – The Guardian (29 October 1983)

Psychiatrist backs Crown Case that Nilsen is not mentally ill – The Guardian (1 November 1983)

Crown press for murder verdict as Nilsen trial comes to its end – The Guardian (2 November 1983)

Nilsen convicted of murder and jailed for life – The Guardian (5 November 1983)

‘Living nightmare’ baffled by his own success – The Guardian (November 5 1983) – Accessed via Newspapers.com

Marketing horror at Nilsen’s flat – The Guardian (28 November 1983)

Nilsen TV interview banned – The Independent (20 January 1993)

Nilsen interview broadcast after appeal is rejected – The Independent (27 January 1993)

Interview: Empathy for the devil: Brian Masters… – The Independent (31 January 1993)

Killer’s book challenge can proceed – BBC News (25 October 2001)

Woman living in Dublin told her brother was first victim of killer – The Irish Times (13 January 2006)

Dennis Nilsen’s extraordinary letter – Daily Mail (9 November 2006)

Met Police’s infamous Black Museum of chilling evidence could become a tourist attraction – The Mirror (7 August 2013)

‘This man is a monster, he should not be allowed a voice’: Murder victim’s brother makes desperate plea to stop Dennis Nilsen’s memoirs being published – Daily Mail (10 November 2013)

Buyer found for serial killer Dennis Nilsen’s London flat as its gruesome history cuts price to £300k – The Mirror (6 June 2015)

Dennis Nilsen: ‘Why I will never fight for my freedom’ – The Press and Journal (16 November 2016)

Why I wrote to serial killer Dennis Nilsen…And see his letters for the first time – The Press and Journal (18 November 2016)

Serial killer Dennis Nilsen dies in prison aged 72 – The Guardian (13 May 2018)

Fiend’s boiling in hell: Dennis Nilsen dead at 72… dies after crippling gut pains in prison – The Scottish Sun (12 May 2018)

Made a killing: We bought Dennis Nilsen’s murder home… – The Scottish Sun (17 May 2018)

The secret funeral and cremation of north-east killer Dennis Nilsen cost the taxpayer £3,300 – The Press and Journal (2 July 2018)

Dennis Nilsen: Serial killer died in ‘excruciating pain’ – The BBC (23 October 2019)

Dennis Nilsen: Serial killer ‘lay dying in his own filth’ in prison cell inquest hears – The Independent (24 October 2019)

Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen thought he was a sick genius…but he was a deluded psychopath and his letters still make my blood run cold (Russ Coffey) – Daily Mail (14 May 2018)

ITV commissions three-part drama, Des – with David Tennant as Dennis Nilsen – ITV (22 November 2019)

ITV series about killer Dennis Nilsen angers victims families – The Daily Mail (28 December 2019)

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

R (Nilsen) v Governor of HMP Full Sutton & Secretary of State for the Home Department [2003] EWHC 3160 (Admin)

[Appeal] R (Nilsen) v Governor of HMP Full Sutton & Secretary of State for the Home Department [2004] EWCA Civ 1540

Dennis Andrew NILSEN v the United Kingdom – 36882/05 [2010] ECHR 470

 

PRISON RECORDS:

Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Fatal Incident Report – Independent Investigation into the death of Dennis Nilsen a prisoner at HMP Full Sutton on 12 May 2018, published 24 October 2019

 

HANSARD:

Parliamentary Debate, House of Lords (in Committee and in Chambers) (9 February 2012)
https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201212/ldhansrd/text/120209-0001.htm
https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2012-02-09/debates/bb8965f0-f5bd-45bd-a874-96ccbd94b9c3/LordsChamber
https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2012-03-20/debates/12032057001221/LegalAidSentencingAndPunishmentOfOffendersBill

Hansard 1985, Written Questions and Answers (Commons), Attorney General
https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/written-answers/1985/mar/11/killing-for-company-the-case-of-dennis
https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/written-answers/1985/jun/06/killing-for-company
Referring to the Obscene Publications Act 1959

Human Rights Act – Reporting in the Media (HC 1049 UK Bill of Rights Commission) (Session 2010-12), Written evidence submitted by Helen Wildbore, Human Rights Futures Project (14 July 2011)

 

MAGAZINES:

Memoirs of a Serial Killer – Sunday Time Magazine Cover Story (Crosseyed Cat; Russ Coffey) (7 September 2003)

QX Magazine Feature – West End Boys

A timeline of LGBTQ communities in the UK

 

BLOGS:

Dennis Nilsen’s Autobiography – Blog (has a short extract from Nilsen’s unpublished manuscript Nilsen’s History of a Drowning Boy, regarding the death of his grandfather)

Shane Levene

“Hero” Serial Killers – Psychology Today (26 June 2016)

 

WEBSITES:

Legislation.gov.uk

Pound Sterling Live

XE

Zoopla

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

SimpliSafe – Protect your home and your family today. Free shipping and 60 days risk-free trial

Article – Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more

Noom – The last weight loss program you’ll need. Start your trial today

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