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Extra resources for Dennis Nilsen
A more liberal and rationalist approach, however, might be to say that Nilsen and others like him represent a problem that society has to confront. ’ That much is true. And if his evil-doing stemmed from psychological disorders that went unnoticed, we surely need to know as much as we can about their origin and nature. Despite all the interest in serial killers over the past 30 years, little is understood about how their internal world drives their exterior behaviour. We need to know more. In addition to looking at Nilsen’s explanations for his crimes, this book is also concerned with the way in which he has tried to tell his story.
Betty was won over by his gallant act and, afterwards, they walked off down the street together, hand in hand. It was March 1942 and she was 21. They got married a couple of months later on 2 May. Things almost immediately started to go wrong. Olav soon left in search of more excitement and, no doubt, other women. And whatever military value he might have had – no one seems to know – quickly expired. He ended up in a tobacco factory. This was entered as his profession on Dennis’s birth certificate.
He was the sort whose story interests no one, and the kind of young man that Nilsen felt he could take under his wing. Sinclair was 20 years old and only 5ft-5in tall. He had come down from Scotland, travelling without a ticket on the InterCity Express from Edinburgh to London’s King’s Cross. Like many of the runaways who arrived at that station, he had come with little more than a vague feeling that the big city had something for everyone, even him. Sinclair met his killer on Wednesday, 26 January.