World news – GB – Chilling fates of UK’s murder homes – from Fred & Rose West to Dennis Nilsen


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KNOWING a house once had corpses stuffed beneath its floorboards and human flesh clogging its drains would probably be enough to deter most prospective buyers.

But that didn’t stop a couple snapping up Scots monster Dennis Nilsen’s two-bed flat in Cricklewood in North London – which they say they « love » living in.

Serial killer and necrophile Nilsen, who is played by David Tennant in the ITV drama Des, murdered men and engaged in sexual acts with their remains in the property between 1978 and 1983.

But couple Mathilde and Bruno, who bought the infamous flat in Melrose Place for £493,000 in 2016, weren’t deterred by its grisly history.

And they’re not the only ones – others have torn down the police tape and moved into some of the notorious murder houses in Britain.

Peter Tobin buried the bodies of two of his teenage girl victims in the back garden of his house at 50 Irvine Drive in Margate, Kent.

Dinah McNicol, 18, and Vicky Hamilton, 15, were both abducted and murdered by the Scottish serial killer in 1991.

He even told a neighbour he was digging a sandpit for his son, when in reality he was digging a grave.

Dinah and Vicky’s remains were discovered in 2007 when cops raided Tobin’s home – a year after he’d been convicted of raping and fatally stabbing 23-year-old Angelika Kluk, who he buried beneath a church floor while she was still alive.

But Irvine Drive’s disturbing past didn’t deter mum Abigail Dengate, who moved into the house with her husband and two kids in 2010 after it was renovated by the local authority.

“People have had a lot to say about this house and its history but to us it is just a home, » Abigail told The Mirror.

Sadie Hartley was shocked with a 500,000-volt cattle prod and stabbed 41 times in her own home in Helmshore, Lancs, in a twisted revenge plot in January 2016.

Sarah Williams carried out the crime, described in court as an « orgy of violence », with accomplice Katrina Walsh in a bid to win back Williams’ ex, Ian Johnston, who had moved on with Hartley.

Williams and Walsh plotted the chilling murder for a year-and-a-half, but were both ultimately sentenced to life.

The luxury five-bed house where the horror unfolded went on the market in August 2016 for £535,000.

Estate agents made no mention of the « bunny boiler » killing in online ads, boasting instead that the murder scene was chain-free and in a “highly regarded setting”.

Students are willing to put up with all sorts of housing issues in exchange for cheap rent – including a cannibal having once used your kitchen.

Azarias Fontaine had no problem moving into the Bradford flat where Stephen Griffiths, who called himself the « Crossbow Cannibal » in court, had once lived.

Griffiths murdered and dismembered Susan Rushworth, Shelley Armitage and Suzanne Blamires between 2009 and 2010 in the city.

« I can see it would freak out a lot of people but not me, » Azarias told the Sunday People in 2015, standing in the kitchen where Griffiths cooked and ate his victims’ flesh.

Azarias was paying £360 a month for the flat, which the landlord said had the bathroom, kitchen and carpets ripped out and replaced.

« I wouldn’t have taken it if the kitchen and bath had been the same, » Azarias said.

« I couldn’t be getting in the same bath as the dead bodies or using the same kitchen where he cooked human flesh.”

He was convicted of killing his adoptive parents Nevill and June, sister Sheila and her six-year-old twin sons.

His plan was to pin the crime on Sheila, who had schizophrenia, and make it look like she then turned the gun on herself.

But the truth eventually came out about Bamber’s horrific crime, which was depicted in an ITV drama series last year, and he was sentenced to five life terms in 1986.

Bamber’s cousin, Ann Eaton, was reported to have moved into the farm in Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex, after the murders.

While some tenants have managed to get over a house’s grim past, in some cases the crimes were too unspeakable for anyone to possibly move in.

Arguably most the famous example is Fred and Rose West’s residence at 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester – where the bodies of nine young women were discovered buried in the house’s cellar and garden in 1994.

The psychopathic couple, who were eventually found to have been collectively responsible for the murder of 12 young women, raped and tortured victims in the property’s cellar.

Fred West hanged himself in prison in 1995 – Rose is serving a whole life order in HM Prison New Hall in West Yorkshire.

The Wests’ house, which became known as the « House of Horrors », was bought by the local council and demolished in 1996 to make way for a footpath.

A similar decision was taken with Ian Huntley’s house in 2004, two years after the Soham murders of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells.

The two 10-year-old girls were lured into Huntley’s home and murdered as they were walking home after a family barbecue in Soham, Cambridgeshire.

Their bodies were discovered in a ditch near RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, 13 days after they disappeared.

Huntley was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years for the sick murders and his girlfriend, Maxine Carr, who was also the victims’ teaching assistant, was given three-and-a-half years for giving Huntley a false alibi.

His house at 5 College Close was torn down by a bulldozer behind a 30-foot metal fence to hide it from public view in 2004.

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