Christmas cards featuring Britain’s most notorious serial killers spark outrage

Vile Christmas cards featuring serial killers such as Dennis Nilsen, Peter Sutcliffe and the Wests have outraged a victim’s family.

Graham Duffey, whose brother Martyn was murdered by Nilsen aged 16, called them “tasteless”.

He said: “It’s a sad indictment of our society that feels it’s appropriate to link a Christian festival with the embodiment of evil.”

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Nilsen killed at least 12 young men and boys between 1978 and 1983.

He tried to flush away their remains at his London flat.

The £3.99 card with his face printed on it says: “Dennis Nilsen, plumbing since 1978.”

Another with the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe has the line: “Hammering since 1975.”

Dark Crime Collectibles owner Rory Everett, 33, insisted the cards are not intended to cause any distress and promised proceeds would go to charity.

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He said: “People love to own a little slice of criminal history, so why not make it festive?

“We disagree with people who think it’s distasteful.”

The man commonly accepted as Britain's most prolific serial killer is Harold Shipman.

Known as 'Doctor Death', Shipman is thought to have murdered upwards of 250 people, and was convicted of murdering 15 by injecting them with diamorphine.

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