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A murderer among us: I was Dennis Nilsen’s boss

I was Dennis Nilsen’s boss

26 September 2020

9:00 AM

26 September 2020

9:00 AM

How would you know if one of your colleagues was a murderer? When police announced the man they’d arrested for multiple horrific murders was Dennis Nilsen, many of his former colleagues — including me — were amazed, but perhaps not completely incredulous.

Des worked with me at the Hotel and Catering Jobcentre in 1980 and he was unquestionably odd.

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Iain Mackinnon was Dennis Nilsen’s manager at the Hotel and Catering Jobcentre, Denmark Street, London, in 1980-1.

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