He is portrayed by Barry Ward (White Lines, Save Me). "It certainly would seem that those who worked with him at the job office found him pleasant enough. The Real ‘Des’: The Dennis Nilsen Story is on ITV on Friday 17th September at 9pm . He phoned up and said, 'I can't get to court, I haven't got any money'. Following a brief period of time with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Inverness, Nilsen was selected to cook for the Queen’s Royal Guard before being reassigned to serve as a cook for a different regiment in the Shetland Islands. David Tennant Plays the Scottish Serial Killer in 'Des' on Sundance Now | Culture. He was convicted of all six counts and sentenced to life imprisonment. Nilsen was initially sent to Wormwood Scrubs but was later moved to HMP Full Sutton, where he remained until his death on 12 May 2018. In other footage from before his killing sprees, the murderer could be seen reclining on a bed as he relaxed at home, which would later become the last places some of his victims ever saw. He was understood to have been a lonely person. Des premieres on ITV on Monday 14 September at 9pm. ITV viewers have been left horrified by The Real Des: The Dennis Nilsen story, after it showed chilling real-life footage of the killer from a past interview and before he was arrested.. All rights reserved. Here’s everything you need to know about the real Nilsen and his crimes, and how the case inspired the TV show. He was absolutely shaking the whole way.". The plumber who made the eerie discovery notified the police, and Nilsen then admitted to killing 15 to 16 people in excruciating detail. He would hide the bodies for some time in his home, according to Biography, and would sometimes interact with them as if they were still alive, for example sharing a bed with them, undressing and redressing them, and having conversations with them. He would hide the bodies in his flat, choosing to wash them and redress them after death. Nilsen died in prison in 2018. The killer left investigators perplexed as his motives were unclear and there was a lack of forensic evidence because Nilsen had disposed of most of the bodies of his victims. ", He also noted how average Nilsen seemed. The identified victims were Stephen Holmes, Kenneth Ockendon, Martin Duffey, William Sutherland, Malcolm Barlow, John Howlett, Graham Allen and Stephen Sinclair. It ends with Nilsen saying: “It’s nice to be listened to. He saw his dad leave his mother when he was just four years old, after a rocky marriage, and became close to his grandfather instead, but he died when Nilsen was a child. ", "Of the few people I met who had personally known him, one of the most frequent descriptions seems to be that he was actually rather boring," he said, via the BBC. Based on the 1985 non-fiction book Killing for Company by Brian Masters, the miniseries follows Nilsen's arrest, along with Masters, his biographer (Jason Watkins) who grew obsessed with him.
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