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Nilsen chillingly confessed to killing 15 people in 1983, and Netflix viewers found the visceral "chewing" noises in the cassette tapes of his interviews similarly disturbing.
In one of the audio clips, Nilsen can be heard describing the curry he's having for lunch. After adding some "West Indian" sauce to it, he is pleasantly surprised by the flavour.
Watch the clip below:
Viewers ran to Twitter immediately after watching the doc to share their reactions.
One person wrote: "I did not need to hear the noise of Dennis Nilsen eating in #memoriesofamurderer."
While a second viewer shared: "New Dennis Nilsen doc would be a lot better if they had cut out the bits of his prison recordings where he’s CHEWING HIS F*CKING LUNCH I don’t want to hear this sh*t."
Nilsen's gruesome murders took place over a five-year period, in which he picked up vulnerable young men, lured them back to his home and strangled them, before disposing of their bodies under the floorboards of his north London flat.
Netflix gained access to a "wealth of personal archive" that was left in his cell after his death in May 2018. The archive includes over 250 hours of never-before-published cassette tapes of his private recordings of Nilsen's own voice.
The film is set against the backdrop of Britain in the 1980s, a time when mass unemployment enticed lots of young men to London in search of better opportunities only to find themselves penniless and vulnerable.
Director Michael Harte and executive producers Dimitri Doganis, Sam Starbuck have weaved together interviews with police officers, journalists, survivors and bereaved families to explore how Nilsen was able to get away with multiple murders and attacks, unchallenged, for five years. Viewers also get to hear about his childhood growing up in Scotland.
Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes is available to stream on Netflix now.
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