Dennis Nilsen’s final victim Stephen Sinclair led to serial killer being caught

Dennis Nilsen is the focus of ITV’s new three-part series Des, starring David Tenant.

Nilsen, who confessed to killing 15 men in London during the 1970s and 1980s, is one of the UK’s most notorious serial killers.

The killer would befriend the men, who were often homeless, before offering them food or lodgings for the evening.

Once back at his North London flat he would strangle them to death.

His killing spree went on from 1978 until 1983 – when he was finally arrested.

Nilsen’s final victim was Stephen Sinclair, 20, a heroin addict who he met on January 26, 1983.

The killer wanted Stephen to listen to his records through headphones.

Stephen eventually fell asleep in an alcohol and drug induced stupor in Nilsen’s armchair, which is when he strangled him with a tie and rope.

Afterwards Nilsen bathed the body, before falling asleep beside the victim.

Then Stephen’s body was dissected and put in plastic bags.

He also tried to dispose of the flesh, internal organs and smaller bones of his last three victims by flushing them down the toilet.

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Nilsen was caught after some of his neighbours complained about a blocked drain.

This was caused by the human remains why had tried to flush away.

Nilsen initially said the body parts were remnants of a KFC meal.

But law enforcement was alerted after a drainage worker found what was eventually identified as a human knuckle.

Nilsen acted horrified when he was confronted by police, saying; "Good grief, how awful!"

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But after being asked where the rest of the body was hidden, he immediately confessed.

He said there were two plastic bags in the wardrobe, and added: "It’s a long story… I’ll tell you everything. I want to get it off my chest."

A police search of his flat in Cranley Gardens, Muswell Hill, revealed the human remains of some of his victims, including Stephen.

Nilsen died in prison on May 12, 2018.

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