Who lives in these houses now - Serial killer Dens revisited
The Sunday People revealed last month how a house-hunter offered the £300,000 asking price for serial killer Dennis Nilsen’s attic flat now we've found some more houses of horror
These unassuming homes would barely merit a second glance but each hides a blood-curdling secret reports the Sunday People.
We revealed last month how a house-hunter offered the £300,000 asking price for serial killer Dennis Nilsen’s attic flat.
The buyer seemed unperturbed that the monster had hacked up three young men in the North London flat 30 years ago and clogged the drains with body parts. Identical homes in the Muswell Hill street are valued at £400,000.
Today we go through the keyhole of other houses of horror which, unlike the homes of evil Fred and Rose West and Ian Huntley, have NOT been torn down.
Student Azarias Fontaine had no qualms about moving into the Bradford flat where the deranged Crossbow Cannibal murdered and dismembered three women.
Azarias, standing in the kitchen where Stephen Griffiths had cooked and eaten flesh from his first two victims, said: “I can see it would freak out a lot of people but not me. Just because some crazy murders took place here, does not make it a bad place.”
He moved into the redecorated flat 11 months ago because the rent was £360 a month. The landlord told him about the crimes and said the kitchen, bathroom and carpets had been replaced. Genetics student Azarias said: “I wouldn’t have taken it if the kitchen and bath had been the same. I couldn’t be getting in the same bath as the dead bodies or using the same kitchen where he cooked human flesh.”
He said the flat “spooked” his mum, who “felt a spirit touching her shoulder” but his mates thought visiting was great.
But Azarias is reluctant to mention the flat’s grim history to girlfriends.
Griffiths, who told a court he was “the crossbow cannibal” was jailed for life in December 2010 after admitting murdering Suzanne Blamires, 36, Shelley Armitage, 31, and Susan Rushworth, 43.
Other places have longer grisly pasts, such as the terraced home near Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium where Julia Wallace was beaten to death in 1931. The murder has never been solved.
Julia’s husband William was convicted of the killing but then cleared. He died two years after the murder and no one else was ever arrested.
John Taylor, 36, lives there and believes the unsolved murder will ensure the house remains grimly fascinating.
He said: “I bought it for a normal price. The history doesn’t really bother me as I’m not superstitious.”
The seaside house in Margate, Kent, where Peter Tobin buried Vicky Hamilton, 15, and Dinah McNicol, 18, in the garden is now home to a young family.
When mum Abigail Dengate moved there in 2010 she said: “People have had a lot to say about this house and its history but to us it is just a home. It wasn’t a case of thinking about who once lived here and what he did.” Tobin, now 66, lived there in the early 90s and, when spotted digging, told a neighbour he was making a sandpit. He is now serving life for the murders.
Several tenants are living at the flats where the Camden Ripper Anthony Hardy, now 64, killed at least three people including Elizabeth Valad, 29.
He disposed of body parts at his home in a communal bin area but was discovered when a tramp looking for food found a pair of legs. Hardy was jailed for life in 2003.