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Jeffrey Dahmer: Life Of A Serial Killer

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Notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 21, 1960. Lionel and Joyce Dahmer were his parents. He was characterized as an enthusiastic and happy kid until the age of 4. Surgery to correct a double hernia appeared to effect a change in the boy. Noticeably subdued he became increasingly distant following the birth of his younger brother and the family’s regular moves. By his early teens, he was disengaged, tense, and greatly friendless. Dahmer contends that his compulsions toward necrophilia. And killing started around the age of 14 but it seems that the breakdown of his parent’s marriage. And their harsh divorce a few years later may have been the stimulus for turning these emotions into actions.

First Murder Of Dahmer

Just after he graduated from high school in June 1978 Dahmer picked up a hitchhiker named Steven Hicks. And took him home to his parent’s house where he continued to get the young man drunk. When Hicks attempted to leave Dahmer murdered him by striking him in the head and choking him with a barbell. He dismembered the body of his first victim. Packed the corpse parts in plastic bags and buried them behind his parent’s house. He later excavated the remains, chopped the bones with a sledgehammer, and scattered them across a wooded ravine.

Drop Out Of University

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By the time of his first murder, Dahmer’s alcohol consumption had spun out of control. He dropped out of Ohio State University after one-quarter term. And his recently remarried father urged that he join the Army. Dahmer enlisted in late December 1979 and was posted to Germany soon thereafter. Dahmer’s drinking problem prevailed nonetheless and in early 1981 the Army fired him.

Although German authorities would later examine possible relations between Dahmer and killings. That took place in the region during that time. It is not thought that he took any more victims while serving in the Armed Forces. Following his discharge, Dahmer came back home to Ohio. An arrest later that year for violent conduct urged his father. He sent Dahmer to live with his grandmother in Wisconsin. But his alcohol problem prevailed and he was arrested the following summer for improper exposure. He was arrested once again in 1986. When two boys accused him of masturbating in front of them and he earned a one-year probationary verdict.

In September 1987 Dahmer took his second victim Steven Tuomi. They checked into a hotel room and drank. Dahmer ultimately awoke to discover Tuomi dead with no remembrance of the previous night’s activities. He purchased a big suitcase to transport Tuomi’s corpse to his grandmother’s basement. Where he dismembered and masturbated on the body before disposing of the remains.

Killing Spree Of Dahmer

Dahmer’s murdering spree lasted for more than 13 years. During that time he sought out largely African-American men at gay bars, malls, and bus stops that attracted them home. With promises of cash or sex, and gave them alcohol laced with drugs before choking them to death. He would then engage in sex acts with the bodies before dismembering them. And disposing of them frequently keeping their genitals or skulls as souvenirs.

Capturing The Victims

He often took photos of his sufferers at several stages of the killing process. So he could recollect each act afterward and relive the occasion. Dahmer’s grandmother is ultimately exhausted of her grandson’s late nights and drunkenness. Although she had no awareness of his other actions and in 1988. She compelled him to move out though not before he had murdered another two victims on the premises. That September, Dahmer had an incredibly lucky escape an encounter with a 13-year-old Laotian boy. Resulted in penalties for sexual exploitation and second-degree sexual attack for Dahmer. He pleaded guilty contending that the boy had appeared much older.

In March 1989

While expecting to sentence for his sexual attack case Dahmer again put his grandmother’s basement to gruesome use In March 1989. He persuaded, drugged, choked, sodomized, photographed, dismembered, and disposed of Anthony Sears an aspiring model. In May 1989 at his prosecution for child molestation, Dahmer was the model of remorse arguing eloquently in his defense. About how he had glimpsed the error of his ways. That his arrest marked a turning point in his life.

His defense adviser argued that he required treatment, not imprisonment. The judge decided to hand down a one-year prison sentence on “day release”. Enabling Dahmer to work at his employment during the day and return to the jail at night as well as a five-year probationary sentence. Years later in an interview with CNN Lionel Dahmer asserted that he wrote a letter to the judiciary. That issued the sentence, requesting psychological assistance before his son’s parole.

Sentence Of Only 10-Months

Nonetheless, Jeffrey Dahmer was permitted an initial discharge by the judge after serving only 10 months of his sentence. He briefly resided with his grandmother following his release. During which time he does not seem to have added to his body count before shifting back into his apartment. Dahmer’s victim count quickened over the following year. With 12 more lives taken in the same way as his previous victims. He developed rituals as he advanced experimenting with chemical means of disposal and frequently consuming the flesh of his victims. Dahmer also attempted crude lobotomies drilling into victims’ heads while they were still alive and inoculating them with muriatic acid. He was cautious to select victims on the fringes of society. Who were frequently itinerant or borderline criminal, making their disappearances less noticeable and lessening the probability of his capture.

Reported To Police

On May 27, 1991, Dahmer’s neighbor Sandra Smith phoned the police to report that an Asian boy was running bare in the street. When the police came the boy was confused and they accepted the word of Dahmer a white man in a greatly poor African-American community that the boy was his 19-year-old lover. The boy was 14 years old and a brother of the Laotian teen Dahmer had assaulted three years earlier. The police escorted Dahmer and the boy home and not hoping to become embroiled in a homosexual domestic disruption took only a cursory look around before leaving. Once the police left the spectacle Dahmer murdered the boy and began with his usual rituals. Had they performed even an essential search police officers would have discovered the corpse of Dahmer’s 12th victim Tony Hughes.

Four More Murders

After murdering four more men Dahmer’s luck eventually ran out on July 22, 1991, when two Milwaukee police officers picked up Tracy Edwards a 32-year-old African American man who was roaming the streets with a handcuff dangling from his wrist. They decided to examine the man’s assertions that a “weird dude” had drugged and deterred him and arrived at Dahmer’s apartment where he calmly requested to get the keys for the handcuffs. Edwards alleged that the knife Dahmer had terrorized him with was in the bedroom and when the officer went in to corroborate the story he glanced, the photographs of dismembered corpses lying around. Dahmer was restrained by the officers and following searches disclosed ahead in the refrigerator three more in the freezer and a catalog of other atrocities including preserved skulls, jars containing genitalia, and a substantial gallery of photographs.


Given that the majority of Dahmer’s sufferers were African American there were significant racial tensions and his trial started in January 1992 under rigorous security protection including an eight-foot barrier of bulletproof glass that segregated him from the gallery. The inclusion of only one African American on the jury stimulated further unrest but was eventually contained and short-lived. Lionel Dahmer and his second wife followed the prosecution throughout. Dahmer initially pleaded not guilty to all penalties despite having admitted to the murders during police interrogation but he ultimately changed his plea to guilty by insanity.

His defense then gave the gruesome details of his behavior as proof that only someone insane could perpetrate such awful acts but the jury chose to think the prosecution’s contention that Dahmer was completely familiar that his acts were horrible and chose to commit them anyway. On February 15, 1992, they returned after nearly 10 hours’ consideration to find him guilty but sane on all counts. He was sentenced to 15 successive life terms in jail with a 16th term tacked on in May.

Jail Life

Dahmer reportedly modified well to jail life although he was originally kept apart from the common population. He finally convinced authorities to allow him to merge more fully with other residents. He found religion in the form of books and photos sent to him by his dad and he was awarded permission by the Columbia Correctional Institution to be baptized by a local priest. On November 28, 1994, by his inclusion in ordinary work details, Dahmer was selected to work with two other convicted killers, Jesse Anderson and Christopher Scarver.

After they had been left alone to finalize their duties guards returned to discover that Scarver had brutally crushed both men with a metal bar from the jail weight room. Dahmer was declared dead after nearly one hour with Anderson also succumbing to his injuries days later. Following his death, the city of Milwaukee was keen to alienate itself from the uglinesses of Dahmer’s actions and the arising media circus surrounding his trial. In 1996 a group of regional businessmen raised more than $400,000 to buy the items he used for his sufferers including blades, saws, handcuffs, and a refrigerator to store body parts which they shortly destroyed.

Again In News

Jeffrey Dahmer’s name returned to the headlines again in August 2012 nearly two decades after his casualty when it was reported his childhood house in Bath, Ohio where he committed his first killing in 1978 and buried his victim’s stays was on the market. Its holder musician Chris Butler noted that the property would make a tremendous home as long as the client could “get past the horror factor.”

In 2015

In 2015 Christopher Scarver talked to the New York Post about his justifications for murdering Dahmer. Scarver declared that he was offended not only by Dahmer’s crimes but by an addiction Dahmer had developed of fashioning severed limbs from jail food to harm other inmates. After being teased by Dahmer and Anderson during their work detail, Scarver said that he confronted Dahmer about his crimes before crushing the two men to death. He also alleged that jail guards enabled the murders to happen by leaving them alone.
Now some weird facts. He would take his younger siblings barbie dolls and dismember them and put them on the grill as a kid. He also would find and murder small animals when he was young and put them in shoe boxes.


“I think I just wished it to end, even if it meant my destruction.”
“It just occurred so naturalistically, who desires a good who makes my rule, who owns me, I own myself.”
“The sole enthusiasm was to control a person. A person I found physically impressive and to keep them as long as possible. Even if it meant just a piece of them.”

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