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May 12, 2022

"The Muswell Hill Murderer" Dennis Nilsen Pt. 2: The Murders


In the season 5 special of British Murders, I'm telling the story of "The Muswell Hill Murderer" Dennis Nilsen.

 

Nilsen was arrested on suspicion of murder in February 1983 after some of the other tenants at 23 Cranley Gardens called in a plumber to deal with their blocked drains.

 

The plumber found pieces of human flesh and bones in an outside maintenance hole and the waste pipe leading out of Nilsen's attic flat.

 

While en route to the police station, Nilsen told the officers that he thought he had killed 15 or 16 people.

 

In the first episode of this two-part special, I discussed Nilsen's background and upbringing, including his time in the Army and the Metropolitan Police.

 

In this second episode, I discuss the brutal murders themselves, the trial and the aftermath.

Intro music:⁣

David John Brady - 'Throw Down the Gauntlet'⁣

https://linktr.ee/davidjohnbradymusic⁣

 

My recording equipment:⁣

Shure SM7B Vocal Microphone

Cloud Microphone Cloudlifter CL1

Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface

Rode PSA-1 Professional Studio Boom Arm

 

Recorded in:⁣

Hindenberg PRO

 

Edited in:⁣

DaVinci Resolve 17⁣

 

References:⁣

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