Dennis Nilsen confesses to sick crimes ‘from beyond the grave’ sparking fury

Dennis Nilsen has confessed to horrific crimes from “beyond the grave” in a new book based on notes he penned in jail.

Family members of the murderer’s victims have reacted with fury that details of his crimes have been published.

The Government blocked Nilsen’s bid to publish an autobiography in the 1990s.

But the controversial book, History of a Drowning Boy, is now set to be published by RedDoor Press this week, and claims to uncover the motives for Nilsen’s killing spree.

One bereaved relative said it was as if the serial killer is “still laughing at us from beyond the grave”.

Nilsen murdered at least 12 men in North London, and chopped up the bodies of his victims before burying them or stuffing their remains down drains.

In the book, Nilsen posthumously admits a string of new crimes, including a sex attack on a drunken soldier several years before he committed his first murder and the strangulation of at least two previously unknown male victims.

Nilsen denies being a cannibal but did reflect on the “culinary possibilities” of those he killed, describing one part of the anatomy as like “beef rump steaks”, and toyed with feeding his dog Bleep “a small chunk” of human flesh.

The serial killer also writes that he wishes he had died as a child after allegedly being molested by his grandfather aged five.

The book has been compiled using thousands of pages of notes that Nilsen made in jail that were passed to a close friend when he died.

The sister of Carl Stottor, who survived a murder attempt by Nilsen but died in 2013, said the book was “morally wrong”.

“Carl fought all his life to have those memoirs stopped,” said Julie Bentley. “When that evil man died, I thought it was over. Why should he have his say when the victims can’t have their word?”

A friend of another bereaved relative told the Sunday Times: “It’s as if he’s still laughing at us from beyond the grave.”

Most of Nilsen’s victims were homeless or jobless and he picked them up in pubs before luring them to one of two North London flats where he lived between 1978 and 1983.

His horrific crimes were uncovered when human flesh was discovered in a drain at his home in Muswell Hill.

Nilsen was given a whole life tariff after he was convicted for six murders and two attempted murders at the Old Bailey in 1983.

The monster died in custody, aged 72, in 2018 of natural causes.

Only seven of his victims were ever identified.

Nilsen’s horrific crimes last year featured in ITV drama Des, where the serial killer was played by David Tennant.