Fury as £30 murder tour visits pub where killer Dennis Nilsen hunted for victims

Bereaved families have been left furious over plans for a pub tour which features a stop-off at the London pub where Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen hunted his victims.

The excursion will cost £29.99, and crime fans will visit the Golden Lion pub where the Fraserburgh-born murderer met his victims before luring them back to his home during his reign of terror, reports The Daily Record.

Between 1978 and 1983, Nilsen murdered up to 15 men by strangling or drowning them – and then dissecting them – at addresses in London.

The sick serial killer died in 2018, over 35 years after he was imprisoned for life for his horrific crimes.

Rory Everett, who runs the Dark Crime Collectables website, is planning the two-day Dark Crime Tours event which will likely visit the pub where Nilsen met his victims.

The tour is also set to also explore Jack the Ripper murder scenes and visit the Blind Beggar pub, where George Cornell was gunned down by gangster Ronnie Kray in 1966.

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David Spencer, of the Centre for Crime Prevention, said: “These tours couldn’t be in worse taste.

"While a Jack the Ripper tour perhaps has some historical relevance, to make a spectacle of a serial killers’ murders that were well within living memory just smacks of senseless ­voyeurism.

"The families of Nilsen’s ­victims will be rightly horrified.”

Mr Everett – whose online collection of murder memorabilia is believed to be the largest in Europe – will be the tour guide.

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He said: “The demand for crime/serial killer documentaries, movies, books and memorabilia is at an all-time high.

“We will sell merchandise and display murderabilia for customers to buy.”

In 1983, Nilsen told police that he had killed 15 people after officers visited his home at 23 Cranley Gardens in Muswell Hill, north London.

Reportedly, he could only name 12 of his victims, and was charged over six murders.

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He was caught after he called plumber Michael Cattran to fix a blocked drain at his flat, where he pulled “lumps of flesh the size of his fist” out of the drain.

The killer told Michael: “It looks like someone has been flushing down their Kentucky Fried Chicken.”

Nilsen’s crimes were the subject of the three-part ITV series Des, which starred David Tennant and aired earlier this year.

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