Dennis Nilsen

The Muswell Hill Murderer, the Kindly Killer

  Active for 6 years
(1978-1983) in United Kingdom

12

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

16

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  1. Summary
  2. Serial Killer Profile
  3. Serial Killer Type
  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 12 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 12 Books About Dennis Nilsen
  14. 7 External References
  15. Internal References

Dennis Nilsen a Scottish serial killer and necrophile known as The Muswell Hill Murderer and the Kindly Killer. Nilsen murdered and dismembered young men in London between 1978 and 1983. Nilsen observed a ritual in which he bathed and dressed the victims' bodies before dissecting and disposing of the remains. He kept various body parts around his home for an extended amount of time. Nilsen died at York Hospital in 2018 while still in custody. He had been transferred to the hospital after complaining of stomach pains, during surgery a blood clot ended his life.

Dennis Nilsen Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen (aka) The Muswell Hill Murderer, the Kindly Killer, was active for 6 years between 1978-1983, known to have ( 12 confirmed / 16 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United Kingdom

Dennis Nilsen was born (Dennis Andrew Nilsen) on November 23rd 1945 in Fraserburgh, town in Aberdeenshire, Britain. He was born 2nd of 3 children and raised by both parents until divorce, Dennis (Age 10/11), his mother and step-father Andrew Scott until adulthood. Nilsen was raised as a middle child and had two sisters Olav Jr. and Sylvia, his mother had four more children with Andrew Scott. His father, Olav Magnus Moksheim, a Norwegian soldier. His mother, Elizabeth Duthie Whyte.

Nilsen a homosexual male citizen of the United Kingdom, with religious ties and/or beliefs connected with the Apostasy in Catholicism religion, organization or belief system. Nilsen completed 12 years of school, received a high school diploma. Nilsen married Elizabeth Whyte in 1942, divorced in 1948. He had no children. He had a medical condition: borderline personality disorder.

He was known to abuse alcohol.

In 1978 (Age 32/33) Dennis Nilsen started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to commit acts of necrophilia, strangle, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. He was known to kill victims at his own home. He would keep parts of the victims body after the crime. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone at a house on Melrose Avenue, London, England, where Nilsen was known to work as a serial killer, trade unionist.

He was arrested on February 9th 1983 (Age 37), convicted on November 4th 1983 (Age 37), sentenced to life imprisonment at HMP Full Sutton in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Nilsen was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Dennis Nilsen died on May 12th 2018 (Age 72), cause of death: natural causes, taken to the hospital after complaining of stomach pains, suffered a blood clot as a result of surgery complications at York Hospital in York, England.

Profile Completeness: 94%
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Dennis Nilsen has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 9 months ago.

Dennis Nilsen a known:

Dennis Nilsen
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-02-17 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Dennis Nilsen
Nickname: The Muswell Hill Murderer, the Kindly Killer
Victims: 12 - 16
Years Active: 1978 - 1983
Ages Active: 32/33 - 37/38
Active Countries: United Kingdom
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1945 - 2018
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United Kingdom
Sexual Preference: homosexual
Religious Affiliation: Apostasy in Catholicism
Medical Condition: borderline personality disorder
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Nov 22 - Dec 22
Birth Month: November
Marital Status: married Elizabeth Whyte in 1942, divorced in 1948
Children: no children
Living With: himself, alone at a house on Melrose Avenue, London, England
Occupation: serial killer, trade unionist
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Nov 23, 1945
Birth Name: Dennis Andrew Nilsen
Family Name: Nilsen
Given Name: Dennis
Birth Location: Fraserburgh, town in Aberdeenshire, Britain
Birth Order: 2nd of 3
Siblings: two sisters Olav Jr. and Sylvia, his mother had four more children with Andrew Scott
Raised By: both parents until divorce, Dennis (Age 10/11), his mother and step-father Andrew Scott until adulthood
Birth Category: middle child
Mother: Elizabeth Duthie Whyte
Father: Olav Magnus Moksheim, a Norwegian soldier

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: 12 years of school
Highest Degree: high school diploma

Incarceration
Arrested: Feb 9, 1983 (Age 37)
Convicted: Nov 4, 1983 (Age 37)
Sentence: life imprisonment
Prison Location: HMP Full Sutton in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: FALSE
Previous Jail: FALSE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: May 12, 2018 (Age 72)
Cause of Death: natural causes, taken to the hospital after complaining of stomach pains, suffered a blood clot as a result of surgery complications
Death Location: York Hospital in York, England
Killed In Prison: FALSE
Suicide: FALSE
12 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Dennis Nilsen

The 12 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Dennis Nilsen. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Nov 23 1945Dennis Nilsen was born in Fraserburgh, town in Aberdeenshire, Britain.  #19451123
Nov 23 1965
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Nov 23 1975
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
1978
(Age 32/33)
Dennis Nilsen started his serial killing spree. #1978
1983
(Age 37/38)
Dennis Nilsen ended his serial killing spree. #1983
Feb 09 1983
(Age 37)
Dennis Nilsen arrested. #19830209
Nov 04 1983
(Age 37)
Dennis Nilsen was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment at HMP Full Sutton in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.  #19831104
Nov 23 1985
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Nov 23 1995
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Nov 23 2005
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
Nov 23 2015
(Age 70)
70th Birthday
May 12 2018
(Age 72)
Dennis Nilsen died. cause of death: natural causes, taken to the hospital after complaining of stomach pains, suffered a blood clot as a result of surgery complications at York Hospital in York, England. #20180512

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Serial Killer
Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
alcohol abuse TRUE 222
kill at killers home TRUE 315
rape TRUE 447
bound TRUE 401
strangle TRUE 437
sex with body TRUE 426
mutilated TRUE 440
totem body part TRUE 361
living with children FALSE 267
suicide FALSE 216
killed in prison FALSE 210
problems in school FALSE 218
teased in school FALSE 215
physically defect FALSE 298
speach defect FALSE 298
head injury FALSE 297
physically abused FALSE 228
psychologically abused FALSE 221
sexually abused FALSE 223
drug abuse FALSE 223
psychologist FALSE 256
forensic hospital FALSE 255
previous crimes FALSE 363
previous jail FALSE 347
previous prision FALSE 332
kill at victims home FALSE 318
used weapon FALSE 448
used gun FALSE 447
torture FALSE 421
stalk FALSE 413
blindfold FALSE 359
ate part of body FALSE 445
drank blood FALSE 436
posed body FALSE 360
totem personal item FALSE 350
robbed FALSE 414


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1733630600 Serial Killer Stranglers 164
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
1439136408 Exquisite Corpse 2
0759528306 The Last Victim 25
1446428737 Killing For Company 1
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022600368x The Subject of Murder 2
1982908254 Boy Under Water 1
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1906534411 Serial Killers 3
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1613097891 The Most Toys 1

Dennis Andrew Nilsen (23 November 1945 – 12 May 2018) was a Scottish serial killer and necrophile, who murdered at least 12 young men in a series of killings committed between 1978 and 1983 in London, England. Convicted of six counts of murder and two of attempted murder at the Old Bailey, Nilsen was sentenced to life imprisonment on 4 November 1983, with a recommendation that he serve a minimum of 25 years.

Wikipedia
External References
  1. Dennis Nilsen on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Dennis Andrew NILSEN on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  3. Kristin Elink-Schuurman-Laura, Nilsen, Dennis Andrew on skdb.fgcu.edu, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  4. Q285374 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 17, 2018.
  5. Dennis Nilsen on www.biography.com, Retrieved on Dec 14, 2018.
  6. Serial killer, Dennis Neilson on disturbinghorror.com, Retrieved on Feb 2, 2019.
  7. Dennis Nilsen on www.serienkillers.de, Retrieved on Feb 17, 2019.
Internal References

Dennis Nilsen is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #7 of 62 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in the United Kingdom
  2. #8 of 43 [ Page 1 ] of Sagittarius Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #10 of 49 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in November
  4. #18 of 60 [ Page 2 ] of Serial Killer Necrophiliacs sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #54 of 249 [ Page 4 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #71 of 305 [ Page 5 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #79 of 649 [ Page 6 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  8. #138 of 649 [ Page 10 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  9. #262 of 649 [ Page 18 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  10. #428 of 649 [ Page 29 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
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