Serial killer Dennis Nilsen boasted about being ‘more famous than David Beckham’


Murderer Dennis Nilsen once boasted: “I’m more famous than David Beckham.”

The serial killer made the deluded claim when he and Becks both had waxworks at London’s Madame Tussauds.

Nilsen – whose crimes have been turned into an ITV drama – told a penpal he would be remembered for longer than the former England football captain.

The fiend, who died in 2018, penned the note from his jail cell at the height of Beckham-mania in 2003, when the Manchester United ­legend’s lookalike first went on show.

He wrote: “A thought has just hit me. What have I in common with David Beckham? Answer: We are both exhibits in Madame Tussauds.

Nilsen commented on the fact that both he and Beckham had a waxwork in Madame Tussauds

“Alas, like all sportsmen his star will fade in time and he will be melted down and replaced by some new sensation.

“Worse still, I guess, my infamy is destined to go on and on.”

Nilsen, nicknamed Des, was dubbed the Muswell Hill Murderer for slaying at least 12 boys and young men, many of them gay, in the North London suburb over five years. 

David Tennant as Dennis Nilsen in ITV drama Des

His story is being turned into a three-part drama called Des, which starts on September 14 and stars former Doctor Who David Tennant.

Evil Nilsen lured victims to his properties and strangled and drowned them, ­keeping the corpses for ­several weeks and performing sex acts on them.

After cutting up the bodies, the Scottish Job Centre clerk burned the parts in his ­garden or flushed them down the loo.

Nilsen said of David Beckham: ‘His star will fade in time’

The former north London home of Dennis Nilsen in London in 1983

He was rumbled in 1983 when a man sent to clear his blocked drains discovered flesh.

Police later found shopping bags full of body parts and ­organs – and Nilsen admitted boiling heads in a cooking pot on his stove to dispose of the brains.

In a second newly-­unearthed letter, Nilsen claimed in 1998 he was mistreated in prison ­because he was gay.

The actual kitchen where mass murderer Dennis Nilsen cut up and disposed of his 15 victims

The copper pot where Nilsen boiled victim’s heads and knives and board where he dissected remains

He wrote: “Jails are still immensely hostile to gays as they are to any expressions of non-conforming masculinity. They are cruel in their demanding indifference.

“One is constantly up against a lot of homophobes but that is their weakness – not mine. I am ­comfortable in my orientation and feel no shame in being gay.”

Nilsen died of heart problems at Full Sutton prison, East Yorks, in 2018, aged 72. He was serving life for six ­murders and two ­attempted murders but ­admitted ­killing 15.





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