“Dennis Andrew Nilson, 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 Probate Ombudsman.”
Prison Service Spokesman, 13 May 2018
The Muswell Hill Murderer was thirty four years into his whole life sentence when he died. He murdered his first victim, Stephen Holmes, who was only 14 years old, on 29 December 1978. Nilson then murdered a further fourteen young men in acts which the trial judge described as “almost unequalled savagery” at his home, ending with the murder of his last victim, Steve Sinclair, who was 20 years old, on 26 January 1983.
Nilson would sit with their corpses for days. He slept with their corpses, dressing and undressing them, moving them around his home and placing them in different positions, hide the bodies under the floorboards, then he would dismember them, burning the body parts and flushing them down the toilet to dispose of them.
His victims are all thought to be homosexual men he had picked up. They were:
Stephen Dean Holmes, age 14, died on 29.12.78
Kenneth Ockenden, age 26, died 3.12.79
Martyn Duffy, age 16, died 17.5.80
William Sutherland, age 26, died ?.8.80
Seven other men who have never been identified who died between 9.80 and 4.81
Malcolm Barlow, age 23, died 17.9.81
John Howlett, age 23, died ?.3.82
Graham Allen, age 27, died ?.9.82
Steve Sinclair, age 20, died 26.1.83.
We will always remember his victims.