People kill for many different reasons, passion, money, love… you name it. These reasons might seem understandable due to the fickleness of human emotions and whatnot.
However, there are people on the other side of the divide who kill for outrightly weird and twisted reasons – these people we call psychopaths.
They are incapable of feeling and having affection and will kill for even the most unimaginable reasons.
One such person is Nilsen Andrews Dennis (Des), known by different aliases, including The Kindly Killer, The British Jeffery Dahmer, and The Muswell Hill Killer.
The Scottish killer was a necrophile and an ephebophile(one attracted to post-adolescent and teenagers quite advanced in sexual maturity).
He, with time, summed up his resume with the “serial killer” title, having killed no less than 15 young men and boys by strangulation and drowning followed by dismemberment.
Without much ado, let’s get you introduced to Des.
10 Life And Death
Nilsen was born in 1945 in Scotland to a Norwegian dad and a Scottish mom. Typical of some serial killers, he had an unhappy childhood characterized by an absentee father whose marriage to his mother was merely hanging on a thin rope.
His parents later divorced, and Nilsen’s only father figure became his maternal grandfather, with whom he developed a very close relationship.
Shortly before he turned 6, his grandfather passed away from a heart attack while out at sea fishing.
Nilsen got to see his grandfather’s corpse, which significantly affected his psychology, making him somewhat of a recluse, refusing affection from other adults, and throwing him into an eternal pit of loneliness.
9 It All Started With
His fear of being alone and needing what one may describe as “New Year’s eve company.” Nilsen’s first murder victim was a 14-year-old named Stephen Holmes, whom he murdered in 1978.
He met Holmes in a pub, and they both went back to Nilsen’s apartment (at Melrose Avenue) and drank themselves to sleep.
Upon waking, Nilsen couldn’t let Holmes leave just yet, and so he strangled him with a necktie and drowned him in a bucket of water; don’t cringe yet; there’s more.
He later hid the body under the floorboards after masturbating twice over the corpse. Eight months later, he burnt the body in a bonfire built behind his flat.