Dennis Nilsen

1945 - 2018

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Dennis Andrew Nilsen (23 November 1945 – 12 May 2018) was a Scottish serial killer and necrophile who murdered at least twelve young men and boys between 1978 and 1983 in London. Convicted at the Old Bailey of six counts of murder and two of attempted murder, Nilsen was sentenced to life imprisonment on 4 November 1983, with a recommendation that he serve a minimum of twenty-five years. This recommendation was later changed to a whole life tariff. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dennis Nilsen has received more than 8,320,229 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Dennis Nilsen is the 173rd most popular extremist (down from 143rd in 2019), the 3,228th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 2,609th in 2019) and the 15th most popular British Extremist.

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Among extremists, Dennis Nilsen ranks 173 out of 205Before him are Mary Surratt, Irmgard Möller, Peter Sutcliffe, Alexander Pichushkin, Stuart Christie, and Dick Turpin. After him are John List, Édouard Vaillant, John Christie, Yoo Young-chul, John Hinckley Jr., and Ahmed Jabari.

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Among people born in 1945, Dennis Nilsen ranks 326Before him are Jean-Pierre Kutwa, Tony Kaye, Pakalitha Mosisili, Pierre Michon, Meira Kumar, and Paul Kennedy. After him are Raila Odinga, Liu Yandong, Tommy Svensson, Gamal El-Ghitani, Roland Moreno, and Mario Livio. Among people deceased in 2018, Dennis Nilsen ranks 276Before him are Gianfranco Parolini, Toshiko Fujita, Sergio Pitol, John Miles, Kader Khan, and Kim Yong-chun. After him are Valentina Rastvorova, Pat Torpey, Alexander Zakharchenko, Álvaro Arzú, Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington, and Lassie Lou Ahern.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Dennis Nilsen ranks 3,228 out of 6,924Before him are Timothy Garton Ash (1955), George Nares (1831), John Mawe (1764), Dorothy Garrod (1892), Benedict Wong (1971), and Gary Numan (1958). After him are Richard Hoggart (1918), Calvin Harris (1984), Martin Parr (1952), Biff Byford (1951), William Huskisson (1770), and Kaya Scodelario (1992).

Among EXTREMISTS In United Kingdom

Among extremists born in United Kingdom, Dennis Nilsen ranks 15Before him are Guy Burgess (1911), John Bodkin Adams (1899), Howard Marks (1945), Peter Sutcliffe (1946), Stuart Christie (1946), and Dick Turpin (1705). After him are John Christie (1899), Beverley Allitt (1968), Colin Pitchfork (1960), and Tommy Robinson (1982).