THE sister of one of Dennis Nilsen’s few survivors says the murderer always murdered his brother and son – even as he rotted in prison.
Julie Bentley blames Britain’s most infamous serial killer for the possible suicides of her shy drag artist brother Carl Stotter and eldest son Jack.
Carl managed to escape the clutches of the serial killer in 1982 and then presented evidence that would help him sentence him to life imprisonment.
He was found dead in his Brighton council apartment in January 2013 after falling into a diabetic coma – after battling alcoholism since Nilsen’s trial.
His sister Julie, now 46 and a mother of three, told Mail Online: “Dennis Nilsen murdered my brother and completely destroyed my family.
“Nilsen may not have killed his body that night, but he killed the Carl I knew and idolized as a child.”
“He found himself in a worse hell than Nilsen, and a prison of his own. ”
Julie also blamed Nilsen for the suicide of her eldest son Jack, 19, who committed suicide three years ago with a note saying he “didn’t want to end up like Uncle Carl”.
“I thought he was helping me”
Carl, a talented singer, dancer and drag queen, met Nilsen at the Black Cap pub in Camden in April 1982, while living in a youth hostel.
He was 21 at the time and agreed to return to Nilsen’s attic in Muswell Hill, where he passed out on the bed drunk.
Speaking in court in 1983, Stotter described the moment he woke up, saying he heard the killer whisper “stand still” as the zipper of his sleeping bag tightened around his neck .
Passing out, he came to a bath with Nilsen trying to drown him.
In the latest episode of the ITV drama Des that aired this week, Stotter can be heard saying, “At first I thought he was helping me.
“I said to myself: ‘You are murdered by this man, that’s what it feels like to die’. ”
In a twist of events, Nilsen then resuscitated him, then drove him – badly injured and disoriented – to a metro station.
Carl’s sister, Julie, said: “In Nilsen’s apartment they were drinking together and Carl was convinced Nilsen had drugged him because all he remembered was passing out and then waking up to sleep. feel the zipper around his neck and then drown in a bath. ”
Carl, oblivious to Nilsen having resuscitated him later, remembered being confused when he looked in the mirror to see his swollen face, swollen tongue, burst blood vessels in his eyes, and bleeding cuts on his neck.
Julie said: “Nilsen accompanied him to the metro station and Carl went straight to the hospital. It was the doctors who told him to go to the police, saying, “We think someone tried to kill you. ”
“This question haunted Carl all his life. Why did Nilsen let him live, but the others didn’t? He even wrote to Nilsen in prison to ask him, but he never bothered to answer. “
Nilsen became one of Britain’s most infamous serial killers when he murdered at least a dozen boys and young men in his North London horror homes.
The ex-soldier put his sick fantasies into action between 1978 and 1983 when he went on a murderous rampage.
Nilsen targeted homeless and gay men and lured them into his two homes by promising them alcohol or a place to stay.
Once inside, the monster would strangle its victims or drown them in the bath before performing a spooky ritual of carefully dressing their bodies and keeping them at home for weeks.
The demon would sometimes lie down next to bodies in bed for hours on end, which led to the haunting nickname Kindly Killer because he believed his ritual killing was human.
Nilsen would then dismember his victims and often perform sexual acts on their corpses.
After slaughtering young men, the bully disposed of their bodies over a bonfire or buried them under his floor – throwing their smaller flesh and bones down the toilet.
This ultimately led to Nilsen’s arrest after a plumber was called to one of the houses due to complaints from the killer and his neighbors.
They noticed rats feasting on human flesh inside a pipe – which prompted Nilsen to remark, “It seems to me that someone has rinsed their Kentucky Fried Chicken. ”
But with his suspicions aroused, the plumber returned the next day with his supervisor and the police were alerted – ending Nilsen’s reign of terror.
Police found more than 1,000 teeth and bone fragments when they dug up the garden and a field behind his house in Cranley Gardens in February 1983.
He was searched after the discovery of the three Nilsen murders in another apartment in Muswell Hill.
He later confessed to cops that he had killed “15 or 16” victims, including a dozen in Cricklewood, placing him second behind Harold Shipman as the UK’s most prolific murderer.
About half of the victims have never been identified.
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Nilsen was tried at Old Bailey in October 1983 and was convicted of six murders and two attempted murders.
His minimum sentence of 25 years in prison was later changed to a life price.
Nilsen died in agony in Full Sutton Prison in East Yorkshire in May last year after being left lying in his own feces for two hours as his condition deteriorated.