Watch: Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes trailer
Memories Of A Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes, set to be released in August, has been granted access to more than 250 hours of recordings that Nilsen made while serving life in prison for the murder of numerous men.
The number of men he lured to his home before killing remains unknown, with the then 37-year-old confessing to 15.
However, only eight have been formally identified, and he was officially convicted of six murders and two attempted murders at the Old Bailey.
In the first look at the film, created by the team behind smash-hit Don’t F**k With Cats, Nilsen is heard talking about the murders he committed, branding himself “the harbinger of death”.
He then chillingly added: “It’s a great hurt to be considered to be monstrous. I am not a monster. I am a man… Awkward, isn’t it?”
Alongside Nilsen’s first-person account, the film will speak to survivors of his attacks, the detectives who tried to track him down, and the loved ones of those that died.
The aim is to examine how Nilsen managed to go untraced for five years in order to become one of the UK’s most notorious killers.
When did Dennis Nilsen kill?
Dennis Nilsen’s killing spree lasted between 1978 and 1983 when he was finally caught.
Police were alerted to his home in Muswell Hill when neighbours in the block of flats complained there was something wrong with their drains, and a plumber uncovered human flesh and remains when trying to fix it.
When Nilsen was arrested, he immediately confessed to 15 murders, saying he would tempt young men back to his home with the promise of a place to stay before strangling them or drowning them.
He would often keep the bodies around the house long after they were dead, before hiding them under the floorboards or dismembering them.
During his confessions he admitted to sexually defiling some of the bodies in the days after the murders.
The murders happened across two addresses in north London, the second and most known address being Cranley Gardens in Muswell Hill.
Where is Dennis Nilsen now?
Dennis Nilsen died at the age of 72 in May 2018, after spending the rest of his life at HMP Full Sutton in East Yorkshire.
In the days prior to his death, he had undergone an operation and suffered a blood clot.
His official cause of death was ‘a pulmonary embolism and retroperitoneal haemorrhage’.
During his time in prison, he worked alongside a biographer for book Killing For Company, before eventually writing his own memoir, History Of A Drowning Boy, which was banned from release.
After his death, the autobiography was released.
Memories Of A Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes launches 18 August on Netflix.