Dennis Nilsen, who died in May 2018, admitted to killing at least fifteen people before his arrest in 1983.
His victims, mostly young gay men at a time when society cared little for them, had never been missed. Brian Masters’ study of these killings was written with Nilsen’s full co-operation, resulting in a fascinating – and horrifying – portrait of a murderer’s mind.
Winner of The Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award for non-fiction.
‘[Brian Masters] has managed, God knows how, to treat his material with such objectivity and restraint that what we have is not a penny dreadful from the Hammer House of Horror, but a bloody masterpiece.’ Beryl Bainbridge
A Strangulation of the Soul
It was dusk on a winter’s day, many years ago now, when I settled down to read the prison letters of Dennis Nilsen, the most prolific murderer in British history. They had been donated to the Royal...Read more