Viewers were stunned tonight after David Tennant's Dennis Nilsen pleaded not guilty for the murders of three men – despite previously admitting his crimes.
In the second episode of the gripping three-part ITV drama, Nilsen (played by Broadchurch and Doctor Who) became increasingly frustrated with the conditions in his Category A prison and the lack of attention he received from police as they continued their search for the victims identify the serial killer.
At the end of the show, Nilsen, who is believed to have killed up to 15 men in his homes in Cricklewood and Muswell Hill, north London in the late 1970s and early 1980s, shocked viewers by claiming he was not guilty of any crime.
& # 39; After all of this, does he not plead guilty? Seriously messed up! This is exciting stuff, ”wrote an astonished viewer.
At the end of the show, Nilsen, who is believed to have killed up to 15 men in his homes in Cricklewood and Muswell Hill, north London in the late 1970s and early 1980s, shocked viewers by claiming he was not guilty of any crime
Another viewer shared his thoughts on Twitter and said, “Sorry, what? My heart sank into my chest as he said "not guilty". God give peace to these families. & # 39;
A third added: "How can he admit everything and then not plead guilty?"
While a fourth wrote, "Not guilty = a lawsuit = more attention and in the spotlight. Dennis knows what he's doing."
Nilsen, one of the country's most notorious killers, died at HMP Full Sutton in 2018 at the age of 74, 34 years after his life sentence. He was charged with murder after it was found that his drains were blocked with human remains.
Twitter users were confused about the turn of events at the end of the second episode of the gripping series. They used social media to explain that they were "messed up".
At the end of today's episode, Nilsen was asked at his hearing how he relied on three murders – and left the courtroom in shock when he pleaded not guilty.
At the beginning of the show, Scotland-born Nilsen, also known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, lost his calm demeanor after police failed to improve his living conditions or failed to find out what had happened to his beloved dog.
In a tense conversation with Detective Inspector Peter Jay (played by Line of Duty star Daniel Mays), the killer, who until then had been frank and frank about his crimes, refused to answer any further questions after he was not given any information about his pet .
“How's Bleep?” Nilsen asked the officer, who replied, “Well you made it pretty busy for me the last time I was here, Des. I didn't get a chance to ask about your dog. # 39;
At the beginning of the episode, Nilsen had the police frenzied when he claimed he killed 23-year-old Canadian tourist Kenneth Ockendon after meeting him in a pub.
In the second episode of the gripping three-part ITV drama, Nilsen became increasingly frustrated with both the conditions in his Category A prison and the lack of police attention he received
But the inspector's excuses weren't good enough for the serial killer, who quickly shot back with his complaints: “I'm sick of helping people who take advantage of my good nature. I think I deserve more balance. & # 39;
DI Jay tried to ignore Nilsen and asked, “Did you kill these men? How many people did you kill on Melrose Avenue? Did you kill Kenneth Ockendon? & # 39;
But Nilsen was determined to be heard and declared, “If I hadn't wanted it, you wouldn't have found me. Why should I lie to you now?
“I have not yet been convicted of any crimes, so I am innocent until proven guilty. Where does it come from? Will I escape in Category A like I am some kind of dangerous prisoner? Intimidate a witness? I am your only witness. & # 39;
During the final episode, the killer, who had previously been frank and frank about his crimes, refuses to answer any further questions after receiving no information about his pet
"This man has a seven year old son, do the right thing and look at the photos," pleaded DI Jay. "Did you kill this man?"
But to the amazement of the audience, the serial killer replied, "No comment."
Later on the show, an emotional Nilsen discovered that his beloved dog had died, and the killer's biographer revealed the news shortly before the criminal's hearing.
& # 39; Des, Bleep was brought home by the dogs. She didn't get sick soon after you were arrested and they thought it would be kinder that way. & # 39;
A distraught Nilsen admitted: "She forgave me everything and never let me down, and then, at the moment of her greatest crisis, I was not there for her."
Subsequently, the officials involved in the case became increasingly angry with the chiefs of Scotland Yard, who pointed out that they do not have to find out all the identities of the Nilsen victims, as it would cost too much money.
The bosses said the price for the team's overtime was already "too high" and closed the investigation and brought it to court after only six of the potential 15 Nilsen victims were discovered.
It continues Wednesday, 9 p.m., ITV.
Dennis Nilsen: The Muswell Hill killer who slaughtered 15 men
Dennis Nilsen killed at least 15 men over a six-year period in London in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Most of his victims were gay or homeless men whom he picked up from bars across London or on the streets.
After Nilsen invited her to his home, he provided his victims with food and alcohol before killing them. His preferred method was strangulation.
Once dead, he dismembered their bodies by dissecting them in his home. At his first address, Melrose Avenue, he buried her remains in the garden. However, at Cranley Gardens he was forced to take other measures.
After his arrest, he told the police how he boiled his victims' heads in a large saucepan to dispose of their brains.
Nilsen (right), with a jailer by his side, after being sentenced to at least 25 years in prison after six murders and two attempted murders at the Old Bailey
He would cut up the rest of their bodies and put them in plastic garbage bags on the property. As the stench of their rotting corpses got stronger, he tried to flush their limbs down the toilet and sewer.
This caused a great deal of clogging in the pipes. Nilsen seemed unaware of the risk and boldly complained to a waste company about the blockade, demanding that it be resolved because he and other residents were suffering from it.
When a Dyno-Rod worker arrived at the property in 1983 to release them, he discovered flesh and bone fragments when he opened a drain cover outside the property.
The next day, after inspecting another section of pipe, he and his supervisor discovered what they thought were the bones of a human hand.
They alerted the police, who arrested Nilsen when he was returning home from work. While in custody, he admitted killing at least 15 people.
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