'Black Panther' Died From Pneumonia

Donald Neilson

Inquest opens into death of Bradford-based serial killer, Donald Neilson.

The inquest into the death of Bradford-based serial killer Donald Neilson, has heard he died from pneumonia.

It heard Neilson was vulnerable to pneumonia, partly as a result of his long-term battle with motor neurone disease.

Known as the 'Black Panther', Nielson was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of three people in the 1970s.

In 1974 he shot dead three postal workers during armed robberies, then a year later he murdered 17-year-old heiress Lesley Whittle who was snatched from her Shropshire home.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed that the 75-year-old died on Sunday having been taken from Norwich Prison to hospital with breathing difficulties.



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