Serial killer Dennis Nilsen spent his final hours in ‘excruciating pain’

BLACK AND WHITE ONLY File photo dated 04/11/83 of mass murderer Dennis Nilsen (right), with a prison warden at his side, after he was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years imprisonment after being convicted of six murders and two attempted murders at the Old Bailey. Infamous serial killer Nilsen spent his final day in prison lying in his cell suffering from internal bleeding, an inquest has heard. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 23, 2019. The 72-year-old, known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, died at HMP Full Sutton last May, 34 years into his life sentence for carrying out a murderous spree in the late 1970s and early 1980s. See PA story INQUEST Nilsen. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire
Dennis Nilsen (proper) after he was jailed for not less than 25 years on the Old Bailey in 1983 (Picture: PA)

Notorious serial killer Dennis Nilsen spent his final hours in ‘excruciating pain’ and mendacity in his personal filth earlier than dying behind bars.

Nilsen, 72, was 34 years right into a life sentence earlier than his demise at HMP Full Sutton final May.

An inquest at Hull Coroner’s Court was informed he suffered a ruptured stomach aortic aneurysm inflicting huge inner bleeding.

Despite profitable emergency surgical procedure Nilsen died on May 12 having been unable to deal with the blood loss and stress of the prolonged surgical procedure.

Known because the Muswell Hill Murderer, he is believed to have killed as many as 15 males, most of them homosexuals, after luring them again to his north London house.

FILE PICTURE - Dennis Nilson, a civil servant and former policeman who murdered and dismembered 15 young men at his homes in North London. See SWNS story SWLEnilsen. An inquest into his death will take place at Hull Coroners Court today , October 23, 2019. Dennis Nilsen died in hospital from a burst artery after surgery to remove a blood clot. The 72-year-old, who murdered 15 men and hid their bodies, died two days after waking and complaining of stomach pains. Nilsen was an inmate at Full Sutton Prison in East Yorkshire and pronounced dead was on May 12, 2018.
The civil servant and former policeman murdered and dismembered as many as 15 younger males at his houses in North London (Picture: SWNS)
Nilsen’s killing spree was found by likelihood after he blocked the drains flushing away stays (Picture: PA)

During his killing spree in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Nilsen would befriend his victims in pubs and bars in London earlier than bringing them into his flat.



After killing them, both by strangling or drowning, he would bathe, costume and sit with their corpses, typically finishing up intercourse acts with them, earlier than dismembering the our bodies.

His crimes had been found by likelihood when a drain outdoors his house on Cranley Gardens grew to become clogged with human stays he had tried to flush away.

Nilsen was jailed for all times in 1983 with a suggestion he serve a minimal of 25 years on six counts of homicide and two of tried homicide.

The sentence was later upgraded to a whole-life tariff.

Nilsen’s medical explanation for demise was given as a pulmonary embolism and retroperitoneal haemorrhage, linked to the ruptured aneurysm.

Coroner Paul Marks recorded his verdict merely as: ‘Dennis Andrew Nilsen died of natural causes.’

The coroner mentioned: ‘Although he would not often talk to staff and he did not appear to have any close inmates or associates, he got on well and appeared to be a good prisoner.’

Suzanne Birch, a jail officer, mentioned Nilsen would spend his time wandering across the wing and typing letters on his typewriter.

‘He had no close friends that he would talk to in the prison,’ she added.

Recalling the morning he was taken in poor health, Ms Birch mentioned: ‘His cell bell sounded, he had never used it in the time I’d been working there.



‘He was hunched over and said he was in excruciating pain in his stomach.’

BLACK AND WHITE ONLY File photo dated 18/02/83 of Dennis Nilsen (left) leaving Highgate Magistrates Court where he was remanded in custody, charged with the murder of Stephen Sinclair in London. Serial killer Dennis Nilsen has died in prison, the Ministry of Justice has said.
Nilsen (left) leaving Highgate Magistrates Court (Picture: PA)
Civil Servant Dennis Nilsen, right, charged with murdering fifteen men, arrives at Highgate Magistrates Court.
Nilsen’s sentence was later upgraded to an entire life tariff (Picture: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Archive)

His situation was not initially deemed severe sufficient to ship him to hospital and he returned to his cell.

But paramedics had been known as at 5pm. They discovered him wanting ashen-faced and found a ‘pulsing abdominal mass’.

It additionally said that Nilsen had been left to ‘lay in his own faeces, deteriorating for two-and-a-half hours’ after rejecting the chance to be seen for longer in the healthcare wing on the morning of May 10 final yr.

Lisa Noble, the pinnacle of healthcare at Full Sutton, mentioned Nilsen had been reluctant to interact beforehand with healthcare assistants in the jail.

‘He did not particularly like healthcare, and he did not particularly like healthcare staff,’ she informed the day-long listening to.

The inquest heard how, like all males over the age of 65, Nilsen was supplied an stomach aortic aneurysm screening on the NHS, however turned it down.

Professor Marks was informed how the possibilities of the aneurysm being deadly would have been considerably lowered had it been found at a screening earlier than it had ruptured.



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