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Serial killer Dennis Nilsen dies in prison, aged 72

PUBLISHED: 07:47 13 May 2018 | UPDATED: 07:47 13 May 2018

Murderer Dennis Nilsen (right), with a prison warden at his side, after he was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years imprisonment for six murders and two attempted murders at the Old Bailey. Picture: PA WIRE

Murderer Dennis Nilsen (right), with a prison warden at his side, after he was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years imprisonment for six murders and two attempted murders at the Old Bailey. Picture: PA WIRE

One of Britain's most infamous serial killers has died behind bars at the age of 72.

The Prison Service confirmed that Dennis Nilsen, who became known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, had died at HMP Full Sutton on Saturday 34 years into his life sentence.

It is believed Nilsen, who is thought to have killed as many as 15 young men during the late 1970s and early 1980s, died from natural causes.

His crimes were detected by chance when a drain outside his home on Cranley Gardens, Muswell Hill, became blocked by the human remains he had tried to flush away.

He was jailed for life with a recommendation he serve a minimum of 25 years in 1983, on six counts of murder and two of attempted murder.

The sentence given to him in 1983 was later upgraded to a whole-life tarriff.

A spokesman for the Prison Service said: “Dennis Andrew Nilsen, date of birth November 23 1945, died in custody at HMP Full Sutton on Saturday, May 12 2018.

“As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.”

Nilsen would often befriend his victims in the pubs and bars of London, before offering to entertain them at his flat.

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