Dennis Nilsen’s Typewriter Referenced In History Of A Drowning Boy Page 286

Dennis Nilsen’s Typewriter Referenced In History Of A Drowning Boy Page 286

Dennis Nilsen’s second typewriter that replaced is first in the mid 1990s. In December 2002, 
this typewriter finally broke when the ‘H’ snapped off the mechanism (pictured above). In the 
original memoirs, the type style changes to illustrate the event and the it is referred to in History of a 
Drowning Boy (DN’s autobiography) on page 286:
“Earlier in December, the ‘H’ on my old faithful Olivetti Lettera 25 typewriter snapped off 
but Russell Bishop stepped in and lent me his own machine. Unfortunately, he needed it 
back for five days over Christmas so, during that period, I caught up with my 
correspondence in longhand in my cell.”
Russel Bishop was a neighbour of Dennis Nilsen, on the wing, and was convicted of the ‘Babes in the 
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