Tragic story of Kenneth Ockenden and how he fell into Dennis Nilsens clutches
A new Netflix series called Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes gives viewers an insight into the mind of the notorious serial killer Dennis Nilsen.
This comes after ITV aired a three-part drama starring David Tennant about the serial killer's twisted crimes last year.
But this time the show is narrated by none other than Nilsen himself, through a series of chilling audio tapes made from his prison cell.
Nilsen, one of Britain's most notorious serial killers, murdered at least 15 men in London in the 1970s and 80s.
Nilsen first murdered 14-year-old Stephen Holmes, after which he embarked on a killing spree which would last five years.
The Scottish killer’s second victim was Canadian tourist Kenneth Ockenden.
The 23-year-old was touring England while visiting relatives before he fell into Nilsen’s depraved clutches.
He met Nilsen at a pub in the West End of London on December 3, 1979.
After learning he was a tourist, Nilsen offered to show him the sights.
Nilsen spent the whole day with him, taking in the sights of London and drinking.
The day ended at Nilsen’s apartment at Melrose Avenue in North London.
They continued drinking and Nilsen showed Kenneth some of his records.
Fearing that Kenneth would leave him, he instead strangled him with the cord of his headphones.
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Nilsen cleaned Kenneth’s dead body before sharing a bed with it overnight.
He eventually hid the corpse under the floorboards, taking them out occasionally to engage in conversations with it.
Kenneth was one of the few victims of the killer who was reported a missing person.
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But Nilsen's crimes continued to go undiscovered until 1983, when police were alerted about a blocked drain.
A drainage worker found a human knuckle in the drain.
Nilsen had recently killed Stephen Sinclair, who became his final victim.
Nilsen was eventually sentenced to life imprisonment on November 4, 1983.
He was convicted of six counts of murder and two of attempted murder, due to the difficulty in identifying his victims.
Nilsen died on May 12 2018 in prison.
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