My brother escaped Dennis Nilsen but he still destroyed his life_freckle removal doctors

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Carl Stottor went to the police about Nilsen, but his claims were dismissed without investigation - Shutterstock
Carl Stottor went to the police about Nilsen, but his claims were dismissed without investigation - Shutterstock

It was in the spring of 1982 that 21-year-old Carl Stottor met the man who would destroy his life. Stottor had travelled to London from Blackpool a few months earlier, trying to forge a career as a drag artist. Like many young gay men of that era, he gravitated to the capital as a place of acceptance. Once there, he drank and partied amid the bright lights of Soho’s gay pubs and bars.

One night in May, Stottor was in Camden’s Black Cap pub when a floppy-haired, rather austere-looking man walked over and offered him a drink. His name was Dennis Nilsen. When the pub closed, Nilsen invited Stottor back to his flat, a few miles away in Muswell Hill. They didn’t sleep together; the pair simply chatted until Stottor fell asleep. Stottor woke in the early hours, and realised with panic that Nilsen was trying to strangle him using the zip from his sleeping bag. He lost consciousness. When he woke up, Nilsen was holding his head under water in a bathtub. It’s unclear exactly what happened after that, but Nilsen at some point appears to have lost interest in murdering him. He let Stottor go, even walking him to the local Tube station.

It wasn’t until a few years later that Stottor realised just how narrowly he’d escaped death. By that night in May 1982, Nilsen had already murdered 13 of the 15 young men he is thought to have killed between 1978 and 1983. He was Britain’s most prolific criminal, until Harold Shipman. It’s often said that Nilsen, a necrophile who worked at a job centre in Kentish Town, north London, preyed on vulnerable young men who lived at the margins of society. And there is some truth to that idea. Some of Nilsen’s victims were homeless; some had drug and addiction issues. But other victims came from loving families, with friends, jobs and connections. At the time of his encounter with Nilsen, Stottor was in the prime of his youth, with an exciting future ahead of him, full of thrilling theatrical performances and drag shows.

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