Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes on Netflix: Chilling recordings of serial killer

Netflix released the official trailer for its upcoming crime documentary, ‘Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes’. The Dennis Nilsen documentary is set to release on the streamer on August 18.

Dennis Nilsen, one of Britain’s most renowned serial murderers, admitted to killing 15 people in 1983. He kidnapped vulnerable young men, enticed them back to his house, strangled them, and buried their remains beneath the floorboards during a five-year period.

Over the decades, the truth of how and why he killed has been the subject of considerable discussion in books and films. 

This Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes, is set to immerse the audience into Nilsen’s universe, thanks to exclusive access to a vast personal collection left in his cell following his death, including over 250 hours of never-before-released cassette tapes of his private recordings. 

From a little child growing up in a peaceful Scottish fishing hamlet to a cold-blooded killer roaming London’s streets.

This feature-length documentary, set against the backdrop of 1980s Britain, when mass unemployment drew young men to London in search of their fortunes, only to find themselves destitute and easy prey, weaves together interviews from police, journalists, survivors, bereaved families, and – for the first time – the killer’s own voice, to examine how Nilsen was able to get away with multiple murders.

The eerie video begins with an audio sample from a “rich of personal archives” of Nilsen’s cassettes, which were left in his cell following his death in May 2018.

The documentary, directed by Michael Harte and executive produced by Dimitri Doganis and Sam Starbuck, is set in Britain, when widespread unemployment attracted many young men to London in quest of better prospects, only to find themselves impoverished and defenceless.

Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes follows David Tennant’s portrayal of a Scottish serial murderer in ITV’s riveting drama Des. In September of last year, the series ran over three nights.

The play portrays the narrative from the eyes of three men: Nilsen himself, as well as other significant characters, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay, and biographer Brian Masters, based on Brian Masters’ biography of Nilsen.

Watch the official trailer for ‘Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes’:

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