Serial killer Dennis Nilsen’s ‘secret fling’ with fellow prisoner uncovered
Dennis Nilsen enjoyed a secret relationship with a fellow lag, it has been revealed.
The notorious serial killer, who was the centre of ITV's Des drama this week, with David Tennant playing the lead role, was jailed after going on a murderous rampage between the 1970s and 1980s, killing up to 15 men in London.
Dennis, who died in 2018 aged 72, detailed his relationship with "Jimmy" in a series of letters while behind bars at maximum-security prison, HMP Whitmoor, Cambs.
In the letters, he complained that Home Office officials presented Jimmy from visiting his lover after being released from the jail.
Nilsen famously performed vile sex acts on his victims before chopping them up, burning them and hiding them at his home.
His despicable crimes were only discovered following reports of human flesh and bones clogging up the drains.
Dennis later confessed to his killing spree but admitted he couldn't remember the names of his victims.
In newly emerged letters, he wrote: "My affair was called Jimmy. We were companions.
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"The Home Office banned him from visiting me for the rest of our lives. They don't like ex-cons and they like ex-con p***s even less."
The chilling killer added: "The prison dept is run by a load of s***s. Prior to Jimmy's release they confronted [stole] all 200 of my letters to him. That's the sort of trash they are when dealing with people's most private property."
He later admitted to coming to "terms" with the "isolation and homophobia one feels in prison."
"Nobody likes to be seen associating with a known gay.
"I am the only man in this s***hole who admits openly to being gay – there are others who are firmly locked inside the closet of their heads," he confessed.
ITV drama Des which airs on Monday, September 14 tells Nilsen's story through the eyes of himself, Chief Inspector Peter Jay and biographer Brian Masters.
A spokesperson for the network said the series explores the personal and professional consequences of coming into contact with a man like Nilsen.
They said: "Des will explore how a man like Nilsen was able to prey on the young and vulnerable in 1980s Britain.
"The series will not only highlight the police investigation and trial but also the effect of the media coverage on public perceptions of the victims at the time, raising questions of just how far have we really come since then."
He is widely known as one of the UK's most prolific serial killers, closely followed by Harold Shipman.
ITV's Des, which aired from Monday-Wednesday this week, has become ITV's biggest drama of the year, pulling in 5.4million viewers on average.
The broadcaster is also airing a documentary – The Real 'Des': The Dennis Nilsen Story – on Thursday (September 17) evening.
This gives viewers the chance to see and hear Nilsen himself.
There’s an interview Nilsen did in prison, which gives a degree of insight into whatever it was that existed inside his mind, as he says: “The most exciting part of the little conundrum was when I lifted the body.”
The programme also features interviews with victim’s families.
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