2020, REVIEW

Review: Killing for Company

Author: Brian Masters
Pages: 368
Star Rating: ✪✪✪


Dennis Nilsen, who died in May 2018, murdered at least 15 people before his arrest in 1983. This groundbreaking criminal study of his killings was written with Nilsen’s full cooperation, resulting in a fascinating – and horrifying – portrait of the man who worshipped death.

On February 9th 1983 Dennis Nilsen was arrested at his Muswell Hill home, after human remains had been identified as the cause of blocked drains.

‘Are we talking about one body or two,’ a detective asked. Nilsen replied ‘Fifteen or sixteen, since 1978. I’ll tell you everything.’

Within days he had confessed to fifteen gruesome murders over a period of four years. His victims, all young homosexual men, had never been missed. Brian Masters, with Nilsen’s full cooperation, has produced a unique study of a murderer’s mind, essential reading for true crime aficionados.

My thoughts

This is a very chilling book about the life of Dennis Nilsen, who killed multiple people men in the UK.

I thought this was a very in depth look at this life from him being a young boy to an adult. It was interesting looking into his life and at events which may have shaped him as a person. I thought Brian did a good job at looking at Dennis’s life but also talking about the victims of his.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in this subject of non-fiction books.

-Happy Reading

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