A brain-eating murderer and wicked serial killers are among 10 of the most evil killers to have walked the streets of London.
Any loss of life, especially when it comes as a result of homicide, sends shockwaves through local communities.
However, some incidents are so foul, evil and gross that they stick in the memory of the entire city for years after they have taken place.
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As well as notorious killers Dennis Nilsen and Levi Bellfield, London has seen a number of wicked murderers jailed in recent years for shocking incidents with horrific motives.
They include teenager Danyal Hussein, who brutally murdered two sisters out celebrating a birthday after making a blood pact with a demon.
Below are 10 of London’s most evil killers and details of the heinous crimes they were convicted of committing.
Danyal Hussein “butchered” two sisters to death after making a blood pact with a demon to “sacrifice women” in return for winning the lottery.
Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 21, were stabbed more 30 times before Hussein dragged their bodies more than 75 metres and left them intertwined within undergrowth at Fryent Country Park in Wembley.
The 19-year-old also tried to conceal their belongings after the brutal attack in the early hours of June 6, 2020, before walking home to his dad’s address nearby.
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Officers found a blood pact, along with various satanic symbols, within his bedroom agreeing that he would sacrifice six women every six months in return for winning a lottery jackpot and securing the love of a girl he had attended school with.
It was a motive Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said that the Metropolitan Police “had never seen in any murder case before”.
Dennis Nilsen is one of the most infamous serial killers in British History.
Nilsen, who was a civil servant, killed at least 15 men between 1978 and 1983.
He would meet and befriend the victims before offering food or lodgings for the evening back at his North London flat.
He would then mutilate and dissect their corpses before flushing body parts down the toilet or burning them in bonfires.
The killing spree ended when the foul odour of the rotting corpses in Nilsen’s home began to ring alarm bells among his neighbours, and the body parts blocked local plumbing.
Burglar Reece Dempster was jailed for the ‘sadistic’ sexual assault and murder of an 89-year-old woman in her own home overnight on August 3 and August 4, 2019.
A judge branded the 23-year-old a “very dangerous man” as he sentenced him to a minimum of 34 years in jail at the Old Bailey in London.
The court heard how Dempster, who had been drinking and smoking crack, broke into the widow’s home in Tottenham, North London, while she was asleep.
He sexually assaulted his frail victim before battering her around the head and inflicting fatal injuries.
Dorothy Woolmer, 89, was described as “independent” and “feisty” and the court heard that her death had brought “extreme amounts of heartache” to the family.
The court was told that Dempster later told someone “it wasn’t even worth it” as he “only got one hundred quid”.
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Dubbed ‘The Bus Stop Killer’, Levi Bellfield allegedly spent his last two years of freedom before his arrest in 2004 prowling the streets of West London, driving his van through Twickenham and the surrounding areas looking for targets.
Choosing blonde victims, the predator made advances on young women, exploding in a fit of rage if they dared reject him and attacking them with baseball bats or hammers.
Bellfield is serving three life sentences for murder, but may have had more victims, as was highlighted in recent ITV drama Manhunt.
The serial killer murdered 22-year-old French student Amélie Delagrange in Twickenham Green and 19-year-old Marsha McDonnell close to her home in Hampton.
But perhaps the most notorious of his killings was revealed years after he was locked up.
Most Londoners remember the disappearance of Milly Dowler when she was just 13. The schoolgirl was abducted on her route home from school and her body found six months later.
Bellfield was only convicted of the murder in 2011 after confessing it to a female officer on his insistence.
He is also alleged to have confessed to the 1996 murders of Lin Russell and her six-year-old daughter Megan, for which a man is serving two life sentences.
Known as the Camden Ripper and clearly inspired by his Jack namesake, Anthony Hardy terrorised the Camden area in 2002.
He is thankfully behind bars, but was only caught after a homeless man rifling through bags of rubbish outside Hardy’s Royal College Street home found a pair of human legs in a bin bag.
The devil-worshipper had studied engineering at Imperial College before moving around the world, but settled back in London after his marriage fell apart. Neighbours would report hearing sawing noises long into the night.
Hardy carried out sado-masochistic sex with prostitutes before murdering them and capturing pictures of them in particular poses. He is reported to have dressed his victims in a satanic mask and Mr Men ‘Mr Happy’ socks.
Hardy killed Elizabeth Valad, 29, at some time between December 10 and December 31, and Bridgette MaClennan between December 23 and December 30. He used an electric saw to cut the bodies into parts and dumped them in bins near his home.
Aaron McKenzie was jailed for killing his heavily pregnant girlfriend and their baby on June 29, 2019.
A trial at the Old Bailey heard how McKenzie broke into his partner’s room at her family’s home on June 29 last year before launching a ‘ferocious attack’ which left her with at least 21 stab wounds.
A judge described his crime as ‘the most vicious and deliberate killing’ as he handed him a life sentence.
The court heard how the 26-year-old broke into Kelly Fauvrelle’s bedroom as she slept and stabbed her 21 times.
Their son Riley was delivered by Caesarean section but died in hospital four days later.
McKenzie, from Peckham in south London, initially denied killing his pregnant partner, claiming a man named Mike was responsible, but it took a jury less than three hours to find him guilty following a trial.
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A murderer and serial stranger rapist dubbed the “E17 night stalker” was locked up in August 2019.
Aman Vyas, 35, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 37 years for the rape of four women and murder of 35-year-old Michelle Samaraweera.
The prosecution called Vyas “the E17 night stalker” as jurors were told how the attacker turned a small area near his home in Walthamstow, East London, into his “hunting ground” for a “series of violent rapes” between March and May 2009.
He fled the UK two days after a Crimewatch appeal featuring an e-fit picture, and was arrested in India in 2011 after his former boss gave police a water bottle Vyas’s brother had drunk from, which showed partial DNA linked to the crimes was a male sibling.
Vyas was 24 when he raped and strangled Ms Samaraweera in a children’s playground, where her body was discovered by a dog walker shortly after 5.15am on May 30 in 2009.
He was also convicted of raping three other women in March and April 2009.
Zahid Younis was locked up for 38 years after killing two women and hiding their bodies in a freezer.
The convicted paedophile was found guilty of of murdering Hungarian national Henriett Szucs, 34, and mother-of-three Mihrican “Jan” Mustafa, 38.
The 36-year-old had kept the body of Ms Szucs in a padlocked chest freezer in his East London flat for two and a half years before it was discovered by police on April 27 last year, along with the body of Ms Mustafa, who is believed to have been killed by Younis after she went missing in May 2018.
As well as murdering three people, the evil Peter Bryan proceeded to eat their brains.
In 1993, shop assistant Nisha Seth was killed by Bryan, who worked for her father in his King’s Road, Chelsea store.
In the brutal killing, Bryan used a hammer to attack Nisha’s head, resulting in a conviction for unlawful killing. Bryan’s mental health history was complex as, despite many investigations, the East Londoner had not yet been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Despite the lack of diagnosis, he avoided jail and was sent Rampton Hospital, a secure unit in Nottingham.
Eight years later, he was released into low security units in North London and Newham.
Once out, Bryan decided to pay old friend a visit after a stop at a builder’s merchant.
On the way to Brian Cherry’s Walthamstow home, Bryan picked up a hammer, Stanley knife and screwdriver.
When a friend of Brian Cherry’s knocked at the door, Bryan answered sweating, shirtless and holding a kitchen knife, saying “Brian Cherry is dead”.
In the kitchen, various body parts had been removed and were being cooked, and he later admitted eating Brian’s brain “with butter”, in court.
Eventually, Bryan was sent to Broadmoor Hospital, the notorious high-security psychiatric unit in Berkshire. However, just 10 days in, Bryan bashed a fellow patient’s head in and tied a trouser ligature around his neck in the dining room of the hospital, totally unobserved.
The most recent serial killer in London’s history, Port’s murders of four men have had a lasting impact on London’s gay community.
Barking killer Stephen was also convicted for the rapes of three other men he drugged, and ten counts of administering a substance with intent, and four sexual assaults, on a total of 11 men.
He met his victims on same-sex dating sites like Grindr before giving them cocktails of chemsex drugs, including GHB, a date-rape drug.
Port contacted his first victim, a fashion student and escort Anthony Walgate, pretending he was a punter offering £800.
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Two days later, 23-year-old Anthony was reported to emergency services by Port himself, who said he found Anthony lying on the street collapsed.
His next three victims, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25 were each found dead in a churchyard close to Port’s one-bedroom Barking flat.
In each case, he dumped their mobile phones, repeatedly lied to police and even planted a fake suicide note in Daniel’s hand, taking the blame for the death of Gabriel.
He was convicted in November 2016 at the Old Bailey, and was given a whole life order preventing his parole from prison.