True crime fans are being offered a gruesome tour of pubs where mass-murderer Dennis Nilsen hunted victims.
The £29.99 trips will visit spots where Nilsen – one the UK’s most prolific serial killers – lured vulnerable men during a five-year reign of terror.
One critic slammed it as “senseless voyeurism” that “couldn’t be in worse taste”. But Rory Everett, who is behind the two-day Dark Crime Tours of London event, insists that demand for all things related to serial killers and crime is at an “all-time high”.
His events will also take in Jack the Ripper murder scenes and visit the Blind Beggar pub – where George Cornell was gunned down by East End gangster Ronnie Kray in 1966.
Mr Everett, who also runs the Dark Crime Collectables murder memorabilia website, said: “It’ll be the first murder tour of London covering 200 years of history. I’ll be the guide.
“We will sell merchandise on the coach and display murderabilia on the coach for customers to buy.
“It’s also an opportunity for them to have photos with rare memorabilia from my personal collection. The demand for crime/serial killer documentaries, movies, books and memorabilia is at an all-time high now.”
The tour is likely to visit the Golden Lion pub, near London’s Leicester Square, where Scotland-born Nilsen met the victims he took to his home.
Campaigner David Spencer, research director at the Centre for Crime Prevention, suggested bereaved families would be horrified.
He said: “These tours really couldn’t be in worse taste. While a Jack the Ripper tour perhaps has some historical relevance, to make a spectacle of a serial killer’s murders well within living memory smacks of senseless voyeurism.
“The families of Nilsen’s victims will be rightly horrified.”
Interest in Nilsen was revived earlier this year when Doctor Who star David Tennant, 50, played the monster in ITV drama Des.
The killer strangled or drowned his victims before dissecting them at London addresses from 1978 to 1983. Some were burned in garden bonfires, others flushed down the loo.
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Nilsen, arrested in 1983, claimed to have killed 15 men. He could name just 12 and was charged with six murders.
He died aged 72 in 2018, more than 35 years after being jailed for life