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“Black Panther” Donald Neilson dies in Norfolk and Norwich hospital

Serial killer Donald Neilson was transferred from Norwich prison suffering from suspected pneumonia but later died in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on Sunday 18th December.

Neilson nicknamed the Black Panther due to the dark clothing he wore and his physical size was handed four life sentences back in 1976.

Norfolk Coroner William Armstrong opened an inquest into his death on Wednesday 21st December.  The cause of death was stated as pneumonia from a result of motor neurone disease which he suffered from.

Neilson’s body was released for cremation and the inquest adjourned for a date to be confirmed.

Neilson was responsible for the murder of Miss Lesley Whittle and the fatal shooting of three sub postmasters whilst committing armed robbery.