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Killing for Company Summary ¸ 109 The man who worshipped death On February 9th 1983 Dennis Nilsen was arrested at his Muswell Hill home after human remains had been identified as the cause of blocked drains 'Are we talking about one body or two' a detective asked Nilsen replied 'Fifteen or sixteen since 1978 I'll tell you e. This disturbing book about a serial killer published within a year of Nilsen s trial and conviction is to be taken seriously It does not hide the dreadful details of Nilsen s run of fifteen possibly twelve murders over six years but it does not do so to excite or horrify for the sake of doing soBrian Masters whose first biographies were of French literary figures and the aristocracy turned to serial killers he later produced works on Jeffrey Dahmer and Rosemary West with this book when he decided to contact perhaps naively the killer on remand to see if he would co operateNilsen was very much the co operating type As soon as he was arrested he than spilled the beans to the police interviewers He poured out every detail he could remember whether he embellished from faulty memory or not Where facts could be checked they generally didThere was never any uestion that he did it even if only six counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder were actually on the charge sheet but only whether his doing it represented a form of diminished responsibility or not under English lawAs a case study in psychopathic although Masters rightly has a problem with this designation behaviour it is stunning even if to be honest I share the view of some critics that perhaps Masters sometimes took the narcissistic Nilsen too much at face valueThe complaint is not that Masters is too sympathetic to Nilsen the person but that he may have become a little too sympathetic from a social point of view to the world view of the semi autistic his term serial killer who perhaps might not be able to be anything other than he isNevertheless that implied sotto voce uality of being prepared to listen to a man who called himself a monster enabled Master to get access to a huge amount of information on the strange mind that presented itself to the court and which clearly enjoyed the passion of killingMasters judgements are subtle and generally wise He works hard to be detached without going to extremes of moral outrage or excessive sympathy He gives the victims their due He allows us to judge whether Nilsen s rationality was that of M Verdoux in his social critiuesNilsen was uite clearly a killer who enjoyed killing and did so for company that is in order to deal with an existential loneliness experienced by other semi autistic people whose world falls apart and then who is presented with new possibilities but he was far complex than thatFor example like many people of his type who do not go on to kill he was a model citizen in many ways a hardworking active trades unionist committed civil servant and social justice activist avant la lettre who failed to be promoted because of his personality and not because of his workHis world fell apart on work issues An impulsive murder in 1978 gave him some kind of outlet a pleasure such as nothing else could give him even as he knew what he did was wrong But the wrongness was second order to the pleasure and so after a year he killed againOnce his second killing had taken place at the end of 1979 the constraints were removed and 1980 saw six five in the last half of the year four in 1981 two in 1982 and the final one in January 1983 when he was caught Eight were never identified Three may have been fabricatedHis ability to kill was partly a matter of his own true nature allowed out of its social box of discipline self imposed discipline is often important to psychopaths but also of social circumstance the London of the depressed early 1980s with is loners and runawaysThe killings were about power rather than sex although there were necrophiliac aspects to the murders and undoubtedly a dark gay eroticism in a period that was still very difficult for homosexuals legal but still often despised and treated as outcastsIt is probable that many of the victims were provincial runaways of confused sexuality as much as gay who were coming to London because it offered hope of acceptance than some provincial back water However not all were male prostitutes or addicts or vagrantsOne suspects that the delusion that he was helping his victims out of a miserable life may have had some strength to it but it was a delusion Some victims escaped at great risk to himself because the mood was not right for a killing Others came to his flat and left without harmThere was an apparent randomness that was nothing of the kind Nilsen needed just the right conditions to take pleasure in his private ritual killing and his recklessness on occasions was the recklessnes not of the stupid man but the man who had become a void beyond depressionThere are very few such detailed sets of raw material direct confession and detailed diary writings and interviews available to analysts of crime although there are other similar cases all telling their tale with a mix of narcissism manipulation of the reader and honesty that is unnervingNilsen liked to write poetry about his feelings and experiences not actually that bad though we would like them to be otherwise and was happy to draw badly artistic representations of his crimes Disturbingly it seems that writing poetry is a common attribute of serial killersAll in all I felt this was an important book and that Masters a sensitive bisexual writer as Nilsen was bisexual gives us the raw material to make a judgement that is not necessarily his I felt that if he was simpatico to the killer it was to his oddball aspect because Masters too is an oddballI may be wrong but as Masters spends a great deal of time on Nilsen s unstable working class origins this may reflect his own experiences of similar instability I think this helps give us insights into the killer without suggesting that oddball instability must result in killingMasters is absolutely right to suggest that we are all truly unknowable and that includes Nilsen I saw a man who was psychopathic manipulative and taking everyone for a ride to the end but also complex and not a monster but human all too humanThe problem of the psychopath bad term though that is is one of the most important for us as a species because these people are very much part of the human mix and are all around us only a very few of them have means and motive to become truly dangerousMasters allows us to see that means in the Nilsen case were as important as motive Once the pleasure of killing is discovered the serial killer becomes unstoppable until he is stopped by outside forces he often wants to be stopped because he cannot stop himself It is as if a psychic tension builds up that can only be relieved by some ritual act this is probably not an alien idea to many of reading this review In Nilsen s case on at least twelve occasions psychic tension associated with music and alcohol was relieved through ritualised murder The uestions is how to stop the serial killer before they start This suggests both that society does not push these semi autistic people into a corner and that society structures itself so that runaways and social flotsam are not permitted to be lost in society s cracksNilsen could kill once he had a taste for it because he knew where to pick up people with no connections who could not be tracked not so easy nowadays thanks to technology or missed and because no one uestioned or investigated bad smells in a flat or strange bonfiresBut not pushing these people into a corner might be eually important which might mean a degree of working around psychopaths as much as containing them through surveillance They like rules so give them rules and then watch them like a hawkIn the end Nilsen was caught because the human remains he flushed down the toilet bunged up the drains and he came uietly He was not unintelligent and part of his intelligence was to know when he was beat and that his impulsive behaviour had to reach a terminusAt his trial a full chapter that centres on the debate about diminished responsibility neither jury nor judge were convinced by defence arguments that his impulsive killing was a mental disorder rather than a rational act That common sense judgment has to be rightThe alternative would be to give criminal psychopaths a free pass and would they not exploit that and have them out on the streets much sooner than society can bear However the social judgment does hide a brutal reality these people have brains wired up differently from oursSince 1985 the problem of the psychopath continues to be swept under the table On the one hand like paedophiles they cannot help what they are They are part of the general human condition and technically eual in holding fundamental rights Most do no harm and many are highly productiveThe fashionable view is to avoid the problem by insisting that there is no problem until one of them does something outrageous or by asserting that society must be structured as if they did not exist or to treat the extreme examples as sports or rareties instead of the tip of a potential iceberg This book won t solve the problem it may not 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Killing for Company Summary ¸ 109 Verything' Within days he had confessed to fifteen gruesome murders over a period of four years His victims all young homosexual men had never been missed Brian Masters with Nilsen's full cooperation has produced a uniue study of a murderer's mind essential reading for true crime aficionado. I don t think the comparisons with In Cold Blood are justified mostly because In Cold Blood is so much its own thing that it s hard to compare anything to it usefully but this is a very good book about how and why one particular serial killer became what he was he died last yearNilsen would be tragic if he hadn t killed fifteen young men intelligent ambitious driven by his staunch union beliefs living alone except for his faithful mongrel bitch Bleep unable to form connections with other living people But then there are the murders and his macabre near worship of the corpses and the utterly grotesuely utilitarian methods by which he disposed of the bodiesMasters is a very calm dispassionate narrator always looking past what Nilsen who was extremely articulate said about what he did to the reasons underneath He does an excellent job of showing where the crevasse in Nilsen s psyche was even if he can t uite explain it any than Nilsen or any of the defense or prosecution psychiatrists can

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Killing for Company Summary ¸ 109 WINNER OF THE GOLD DAGGER AWARD FOR CRIME NON FICTION Dennis Nilsen who died in May 2018 murdered at least 15 people before his arrest in 1983 This groundbreaking criminal study of his killings was written with Nilsen's full cooperation resulting in a fascinating and horrifying portrait of. This is not a novel It is the story of Dennis Nilsson and his murders which took place in London at the time of Margaret Thatcher s rise to power The title of the book is shockingly brilliant In all but one of the cases it seems to sum up his motive for snuffing out the lives of young men than he could remember Here truth is much stranger than fiction and many words which we probably over use and take for granted seem to lose their meaning words such as good evil moralWas a seed sown in Dennis Nilsson s childhood at the time of his grandfather s death which would grow and be grimly harvested all those years later Was he mad It seems notThe book is of course harrowing and macabre in places What heightens the grotesueness for me is the setting in which it was all happening leafy suburbia with people going about their daily lives Dennis Nilsson included The murderer knots his tie probably used for a sinister purpose the night before with a naked corpse seated close by determined not to be late for work at the Job Centre It is also sinisterly funny in places This is so much acceptable in a novel it is heartbreakingly cruel if you are connected in any way to the victimsNilsson was hard working reliable imbued with a social conscience and a determination to fight injustice Always on the side of the underdog he was the person you wanted fighting your corner for you in the work place a Union rep who was the bane of the boss s life Much of this comes through after he has been arrested and is assisting the police He was an ex policeman himself for a short time after his unblemished service with the armyBrian Masters has spent a lot of time with Nilsson and probably gets to know him better than most His book is searching and intelligent and at the end of it the reader is still seeking to understand Dennis Nilsson his life and his crimes That is not failure on the part of the author uite the reverse


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    [PDF] Killing for Company Summary Ù E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Brian Masters Read & Download Killing for Company The corpse is the dirty platter after the feast Or how Nilsen vehemently denies he ever engaged in necrophilia or cannibalism Dennis Nilsen is a less intense version of Jeffery Dahmer He murdered 15 young men over the span of four years and he doesn't express remorse and doesn't even really know why he murdered these men He isn't an insane men He is articulate intelligent and introverted His love for death st

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