Woman who befriended serial killer Dennis Nilsen while in prison saw him as ‘paternal figure’

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A woman who befriended serial killer Dennis Nilsen while in prison and exchanged over 300 letters with him has revealed that she saw him as a ‘paternal figure’ and was ‘devastated’ when he died.

Andrea Kubinova, 30, from the Czech Republic, started writing to the Scottish killer after feeling sympathy for him reading about his isolated upbringing.

She admitted that her mother and some of her friends were ‘shocked’ when she told them about her criminal pen pal, but she maintained a platonic relationship with Nilsen until his death at the age of 72 in May 2018.

When she learned that he had died of a pulmonary embolism after surgery, Andrea shared how a friend of Nilsen’s said he would have wanted her to have some of his ashes, which she now keeps next to glasses in her bedroom.

Andrea Kubinova, 30, from the Czech Republic, started writing to the Scottish killer after feeling sympathy for him reading about his isolated upbringing

Andrea Kubinova, 30, from the Czech Republic, started writing to the Scottish killer after feeling sympathy for him reading about his isolated upbringing

“It took me a long time to get over Des’s death. He had been my good friend for five years and it was hard to think that I would never receive another letter from him, ”she said. Bella magazine

“Before the time I knew him, Des was a good man and a good friend to me and I miss him very much.”

Known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, Nilson died at HMP Full Sutton 34 years after his life sentence for committing a murderous assault in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

One of the country’s most notorious killers, Nilsen is said to have murdered as many as 15 gay men, most of them homeless, in his homes in Cricklewood and Muswell Hill, in north London.

Nilson, known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, died at HMP Full Sutton 34 years after his life sentence for committing a murderous assault in the late 1970s and early 1980s

Nilson, known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, died at HMP Full Sutton 34 years after his life sentence for committing a murderous assault in the late 1970s and early 1980s

Nilson, known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, died at HMP Full Sutton 34 years after his life sentence for committing a murderous assault in the late 1970s and early 1980s

Andrea shared how she learned about Nilsen after reading a book about serial killers in 2013 and was ‘intrigued’ by him.

A few months later, she wrote to him, including a sketch of his dog Bleep, and the couple began exchanging letters every week.

Andrea admitted that one of her friends never spoke to her again when she told them about her communication with Nilsen, and her mother also urged her not to reply to him, but she felt it would be ‘insensitive’ not to.

The pair discussed their shared love of animals, and Andrea told Nilsen about her job as a superintendent in the household of London hotels, as well as her dating and social life.

“It may sound strange, but I enjoyed talking to him about my life,” she told the publication.

When she learned that he had died of a pulmonary embolism after surgery, Andrea shared how a friend of Nilsen's said he would have wanted her to have some of his ashes, which she now keeps in her bedroom next to his glasses.

When she learned he had died of a pulmonary embolism after surgery, Andrea shared how a friend of Nilsen's said he would have wanted her to have some of his ashes, which she now keeps in her bedroom next to his glasses.

When she learned he had died of a pulmonary embolism after surgery, Andrea shared how a friend of Nilsen’s said he would have wanted her to have some of his ashes, which she now keeps in her bedroom next to his glasses.

“I actually started to see him as a fatherly figure and cherished the advice he would give me.”

Andrea took a seven-hour bus trip to visit Nilsen in September 2014, after a year of correspondence, saying he was’ so kind ‘, adding,’ It was easy to forget the crimes he had committed. ‘

She said her boyfriend Johnathon, who she met at work in 2017, knew about and supported their friendship.

Although the couple never spoke about the murders Nilsen committed – and she didn’t ask – Andrea said he once admitted he didn’t deserve to be free and regretted the pain he had caused the families of his victims.

Last year, Nilsen’s crimes were portrayed in Des, a chilling three-part ITV drama starring David Tennant.

In September, Andrea appeared on Good Morning Britain about Tennant’s portrayal: ‘It was like seeing a ghost, it was brilliant. Absolutely stunning. ‘

Despite their friendship, Andrea admits that she often thinks about his victims and their families and found it “heartbreaking” to see his crimes on television.

When asked if she thinks about his victims and their families, she said, “Of course they do… It was heartbreaking to see all those people talking about their loved ones. It was difficult.’

Dennis Nilsen's crimes were portrayed in Des, a chilling three-part ITV drama starring Broadchurch and Doctor Who star David Tennant (pictured)

Dennis Nilsen's crimes were portrayed in Des, a chilling three-part ITV drama starring Broadchurch and Doctor Who star David Tennant (pictured)

Dennis Nilsen’s crimes were portrayed in Des, a chilling three-part ITV drama starring Broadchurch and Doctor Who star David Tennant (pictured)