An eBay user has attempted to sell a letter bearing the signature of an infamous north-east serial killer for more than £700.
The now-pulled listing offered bidders the opportunity to own a “very rare” and “collectible” autograph from murderer Dennis Nilsen.
The Fraserburgh born killer was locked up following a spate of horrific crimes in England in 1983.
He died last month at the age of 72.
The seller wanted £750 for the typed note, which was sent from Nilsen after he was asked to cooperate with a true crime book.
It is dated from 2016, while Nilsen was serving time at Full Sutton, Yorkshire.
It reads: “I say again I am not minded to participate in your ‘true crime’ book project.
“You have written in the past on such a subject and I ask you do not write, continue, or waste your time on asking for my cooperation.
“Yours sincerely, Des Nilsen.”
The killer, who is said to have written his own biography which has been banned by the courts, even returned the second-class stamp he was sent.
He is believed to have murdered at least 15 men between 1978 and 1983.
The former soldier dismembered many of his victims at two addresses in Muswell Hill, London.
He was caught when neighbours within his flat building complained that their drains were blocked.
Workers uncovered the remains of human flesh when they started repairs and contacted the police.
Nilsen was eventually convicted of six killings and two attempted murders at the Old Bailey, and sentenced to life.
There are currently more than 50 lots on eBay relating to Nilsen, including newspaper articles, films and books on his life and murders.
His own book, titled The History of a Drowning Boy, was written in 1996 and is thought to be stored with a confidant.
He fought for more than a decade to have it printed, but it was ultimately banned by then-Home Secretary David Blunkett and the European Court of Human Rights.