Dennis Nilsen: Serial killer dies in prison aged 72

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Serial killer Dennis Nilsen, who admitted killing at least 15 people in the 1970s and 1980s, has died in prison.

Nilsen, 72, was jailed in 1983 with a recommendation he serve at least 25 years.

The former civil servant murdered and dismembered several of his victims, most of them homeless young gay men, at his home in Muswell Hill, north London.

He was convicted of six counts of murder and two of attempted murder.

The Prison Service said Nilsen died at HMP Full Sutton near York.

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

Nilsen lured his victims to his flat and, on many occasions, would sit with their bodies for days before he dismembered them.

His crimes were only discovered after a neighbour noticed nearby drains were blocked. An inspection found pipes packed with human flesh.

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