SERIAL Killer Dennis Nilsen’s sick police recordings will air for the first time in a new Netflix true-crime documentary later this year.
The twisted murderer can be heard confessing to brutally killing 15 young men in the trailer for Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes.
Nilsen, who died in 2018 aged 72, went on a murder spree spanning five years in 1983, becoming one of Britain’s most notorious murderers.
He admitted to luring his victims back to his home before strangling them to death or drowning them before disposing of their bodies.
The horrific killer hid multiple victims under his floorboards – and when he ran out space, dismembered them and forced them down the drain.
Nilsen confessed to the 15 killings on his arrest, but went on to document them in a detailed autobiography and more than 250 hours of audio tapes.
Now, some of those tapes will air for the first time in the new Netflix true-crime documentary, which has released its first look.
The chilling voice of Nilsen can be heard detailing how he became the murderer he was, describing himself as “demonic” and the “harbinger of death”.
He coldly can be heard justifying his killings in the tapes, saying: “Well, we’ve all got to die of something, haven’t we?”
I am not a monster. I am a man
Dennis Nilsen, The Nilsen Tapes
Nilsen, who was 37 when he began committing the murders, adds: “It’s a great hurt to be considered monstrous, I am not a monster. I am a man.”
The new documentary, released next month, shows viewers Nilsen’s perspective on the killings and how he got away with it for five years without any suspicions.
Alongside the tapes, the film involves journalists who covered the case at the time, as well those who managed to survive Nilsen’s horrific attacks.
It also speaks to detectives involved in solving the case, who found themselves identifying his victims after finding the hidden bodies.
Many of the victims were decomposed beyond recognition, with DNA testing at the time unable to identify all of those killed.
Nilsen admitted he had befriended most of them in the local area – mainly homeless or gay man in pubs in clubs, offering them a place to stay.
He would then strangle or drown them to death, before keeping the bodies for weeks to commit sexual acts with the corpses.
The killer also admitted to boiling the heads of three of the men in a stovetop – and disposed of some of the remains down the drain.
He was eventually caught when a neighbour complained their drains were blocked and human remains were found stuck under the home.
Nilsen was sentenced to life in prison, and died in May 2018 at HMP Full Sutton in East Yorkshire from a blood clot after an operation.
Following his death, his autobiography – History Of A Drowning Boy – was released, having been banned from publication until his death.
In it, he reveals he was also behind a string of sex attacks before the murders, and denies being a cannibal despite dismembering bodies.
In 2020, he was portrayed by David Tennant in a gripping ITV drama, Des, which retold the investigation behind the murders.
The new Netflix documentary, Memories Of A Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes, launches on August 18th on Netflix.