Tragic story of Kenneth Ockenden and how he fell into Dennis Nilsen’s clutches

Tonight ITV will again delve into the case of Dennis Nilsen – one of the country’s most notorious serial killers.

Last night, on September 14, the nation witnessed David Tennant’s chilling portrayal of the killer, who murdered 15 men in London in the 1970s and 80s.

Nilsen first murdered 14-year-old Stephen Holmes, embarking 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.

  • ITV
  • Serial Killers
  • London
  • Dennis Nilsen

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