I live in Melrose Avenue for just over a year now and only today I discovered this fact about my neighbor.
Dennis Nilsen know as Muswell Hill or Kindly Killer committed the murders of a minimum of 12 young men in a series of killings committed between 1978 and 1983.
His victims would be lured to these addresses through guile and all were murdered by strangulation, sometimes accompanied by drowning. Following the murder, Nilsen would observe a ritual in which he bathed and dressed the victims’ bodies, which he would retain for extended periods of time, before dissecting and disposing of the remains via burning upon a bonfire, or flushing the remains down a lavatory.
“I eased him into his new bed [beneath the floorboards] … A week later, I wondered whether his body had changed at all or had started to decompose. I disinterred him and pulled the dirt-stained youth up onto the floor. His skin was very dirty. I stripped myself naked and carried him into the bathroom and washed the body. There was practically no discoloration and his skin was pale white. His limbs were more relaxed than when I had put him down there”.
Nilsen’s written recollections of the ritual he observed after the murder of his first victim.