The cast of #Des discuss why #DennisNilsen confessed to the murders

DENNIS NILSEN is a notorious serial killer who is the subject of the new ITV series, Des. But did Dennis Nilsen actually want to be caught by police? Express.co.uk spoke to the cast to find out more about the mind of the Muswell Murderer.

PUBLISHED: 07:30, Wed, Sep 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:31, Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Dennis Nilsen was a serial killer from Scotland who is believed to have murdered between 12 and 15 young men in London in the early 80s. Police arrested Nilsen after body parts were found in a drain outside his home, and Nilsen immediately confessed to the killings. The cast of ITV's Des, which ends tonight (September 16), spoke to Express.co.uk and other media about whether Nilsen wanted to be caught.

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Did Dennis Nilsen want to be caught by police?

Dennis Nilsen's conviction is one of the most interesting in history, as there is still mystery surrounding why he killed so many men and why he confessed to the police.

In the first episode of Des, which started on ITV on September 14, detective Peter Jay (played by Daniel Mays) visited Nilsen's home in Cranley Gardens after reports that remains, which looked human, had been found outside.

When Nilsen arrived home from work, the detective asked him about the remains and Nilsen revealed there were, in fact, more bodies stowed away in his flat.

He also candidly revealed how many people he believed he had killed and agreed to help police with their investigation to identify the victims.

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This posed the question of whether Nilsen wanted to be caught by the police, as he continued to tell officers he wanted them to find justice for the victim's families.

He went as far as calling himself a "monster" and said if police hadn't stopped him when they had, there could be more victims.

Speaking to Express.co.uk and other media, director Lewis Arnold said: "It's hard to explain. He himself said he wanted to be caught but when the plumber opened up the drain he said it was KFC.

"So part of me wonders if he wanted to get the drains unblocked, but he didn't realise people would pull up what was there."

Questions have been raised as to whether there was an element of diminished responsibility,

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