A couple have told how they transformed the house where serial killer Dennis Nilsen murdered his victims into their dream home.
The flat in Cricklewood, north London, was home to Nilsen when he carried out 12 of his estimated 15 murders in the late 1970s and early 80s.
But the property’s new owners say they were not put off by its gory past and are proud of how they turned the ‘house of horrors’ into a comfortable home.
A flat in Cricklewood, north London where Dennis Nilsen once killed at least 12 men has been turned into a modern home by a couple who bought it for £493,000
Nilsen butchered his victims at the house then hid their bodies under the floorboards
Police found the bodies of his victims in the garden of the property in Cricklewood in the 80s
A couple have now transformed the area which was once shallow graves into a garden
Nilsen met gay men or picked up homeless people in London before strangling and dismembering them.
He stored many of their bodies beneath the floorboards of the two-bed flat before burying them in the garden.
The house was bought by a NHS manager from Portugal and his French-born partner for £493,000 in 2016.
The couple, named only as Bruno and Mathilde, told The Sun: ‘We know a lot of people would not live here. But from the moment people see what the place looks like, it puts that to rest.
‘If you compare what the flat was with what the flat is, it has nothing to do with what happened 35 years ago.’
They admitted they did not know about the flat’s past when they viewed it, but the honest estate agent had advised them to Google the address.
They added: ‘We looked it up and read all about the history. But it was all 35, 40 years ago. For us it was never an issue.’
The once-dowdy property has been transformed into a modern home (pictured before its sale)
The couple who bought it say they found out about the history, but decided it was long ago
The floorboards beneath which Nilsen hid his victims have been removed
The couple ripped up the old floorboards and replaced them with modern wooden flooring and have smartened up the garden where Nilsen’s victims’ bodies once lay.
Nilsen rented the flat in the ground floor of the property with his partner David Gallichan in 1975 before beginning his murder spree after the couple split and Gallichan moved out.
He continued killing people at the property until moving out in 1982. He was caught after trying to flush parts of his later victims down toilet at his new home and being discovered by a plumber.
He was convicted of six counts of murder and two of attempted murder and jailed for life in 1983. He died in prison last week aged 72.
It is understood that authorities believe Nilsen died from natural causes.
Nilsen (pictured during an interview in 1993) died in prison last week, aged 72