Updated 23/02/2020 A super post about Jeffrey Dahmers life and death. All posts from the Jeffrey Dahmer series all piled into one big MASSIVE super post. The only article you’ll ever need about Jeffrey dahmer.
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- Jeffrey Dahmers first murder was it an accident
- Jeffrey Dahmers second murder he was never charged for
- Jeffrey Dahmers murders of James doxtator and Richard guerrero
- Jeffrey Dahmers fifth and sixth murders
- Jeffrey Dahmers killing continues with Edward smith
- Jeffrey Dahmer kills 11 men then eats them
- When Jeffrey Dahmer should of been caught but wasn’t
- Dahmers last four victims – Jeffrey Dahmers final murder
- Jeffrey Dahmers house of horror – police finally arrest Dahmer
- Jeffrey Dahmers unbelievable confession you need to read
- This is how Jeffrey Dahmers murder trial went
- Jeffrey Dahmer goes to prison – Dahmers murder
- This is the aftermath of Jeffrey Dahmer – what happened after Dahmer Died
Jeffrey Dahmers life and death
Jeffrey dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee cannibal or the Milwaukee monster. Was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA on May 21st 1960. He became, one of the worlds worst serial killers and sex offenders of all time. Dahmer killed 17 men and children between 1978 – 1991, before being beaten to death by a fellow inmate in 1994.
The murders involved rape, dismemberment, necrophilia, cannibalism and the permanent preservation of body parts. Usually all or part of the skeleton.
“the objective wasn’t to kill but to have complete control over another person, not having to consider their wishes…being able to keep them there, as long as I wanted”
Jeffrey Dahmers first murder
Steven Mark Hicks
Dahmers first murder came in June 1978, when he picked up a young hitchhiker, 18yr old, Steven Mark Hicks.
The two went back to Dahmers House to drink and listen to music. Everything was going fine until Steven wanted to leave. Dahmer didn’t want Hicks to leave, so he struck him twice from behind with a 10lb dumbell. In a desperate attempt at keeping him there.
However, when Hicks fell unconscious and hadn’t died, Dahmer then strangled him to death with the bar of the dumbell.
Once Hicks was dead Dahmer removed the clothes from Hicks, stood over his dead body and masturbated. The next day in Dahmers basement, he dissected the corpse and buried the remains in his back garden.
But, to hide the evidence of the murder even more. A few weeks later he dug up Hicks’ remains and separated the flesh from the bones. Then dissolved the flesh in acid and flushed it down the toilet. While smashing the bones with a sledgehammer into dust and scattering them in nearby woodlands.
Six weeks after the murder, Dahmer enrolled in the Ohio state University. Where he hoped to major in business, but because of his excessive drinking. A way Dahmer said “drowned out the strong urges to kill again”. His university time was short lived and mostly unproductive.
He was known as the crazy, weird but fun guy. With the term “pulling a Dahmer” being used when someone does something bizzare.
When his father Lionel made a surprise visit to the dorm, he found his sons room littered in empty alcohol cans and bottles. Dahmer ended up dropping out of university after just 3 months of his second term and enlisted in the U.S Army in 1979, under the pressure of his worried Father.
While in the army Dahmer trained as a medic and in 1979 was stationed in West Germany as a combat medic. In his first year he was reported to be an “average or slightly above average soldier”.
However, two soldiers later came forward in 2010 with rape allegations named Billy Capshaw and Preston Davis. One former soldier reports, he was repeatedly raped by Dahmer. Over a 17 month period while they were both stationed in West Germany. The second claims to have been drugged and raped on one occasion.
In 1981 because of Dahmers non stop drinking, he was released from the army and received an honourable discharge. Deemed safe for civilian life and unaffected by his time spent in service.
After the army
Once debriefed, Dahmer was given a plane ticket, which he could use to travel anywhere in the country. He chose to go to Miami, because it was warm and he couldn’t face his father.
Now living by his own means, he got a job in a delicatessen and rented a room in a motel. Again, his drinking got the better of him and his pay cheques were going on alcohol, so he was evicted from the motel due to lack of payment.
Eventually, after failing to live by his own means. He was forced to contact his father and return home in the same year of 1981.
2 weeks after returning home and living with his father, Dahmer was arrested for being drunk and disorderly. Fined $60 and received a suspended 10 day jail sentence. his father had finally had enough and towards the end of 1981, sent him to live with his grandmother.
While living with his grandmother, his father hoped Dahmer would change his ways. As he looked up to her and wouldn’t want to dissapoint his her. The plan worked for a while, he would go to church and help out his grandmother and eventually got a job.
However, he was still drinking but hiding it better. and in mid 1982 he was arrested for indecent exposure to 25 women and children and fined $50. Then after just 10 months, he was sacked from his job.
Jump forward to 1985, after living off his grandmother for a couple of years. He got a job as a mixer at the ambrosia chocolate factory, working the night shift.
Not long after getting his new job, while reading in a local library. Dahmer was thrown a note, from another man, offering to perform oral sex on him. He declined the offer, but this started to stir up his twisted fantasies of control and dominance.
Then started visiting the gay bars and Bath houses in the area. Once he also stole a male mannequin, which he used for sexual pleasure. The mannequin, somewhat, full filed his need to be in total control of another “person”. Until his grandmother found it and told him to get rid.
Dahmer then started visiting the bathhouses on a regular basis, using it as a place to pick up guys for gay sex. During the sex however, he became annoyed that his partners would move. So he started drugging them, liquor laced with sedatives was his preferred way. Then he would rape their unconscious bodies. Which eventually got him banned from the bathhouses and ended his supply of gay men.
Not long after being banned from the bathhouses, his sexual desires were obviously at an extremely high point. But with his supply of men being cut, he decided it would be a good idea to dig up a recently buried 18 year old man, take the corpse home and have sex with it. He had read about the funeral in a newspaper, and one night shortly after went to the cemetery to dig the coffin up, but found the soil was too hard. So he eventually gave up on the idea.
In 1986 he was again arrested for indecent exposure, after masturbating in front of two 12 year old boys. However, the charge was changed to disorderly conduct, after Dahmer changed his story. He was sentenced to one year probation in 1987, with instructions to undergo counselling.
While living with his grandmother in 1987, Dahmer rented out a room in a hotel for a night. With the intention to take a man back from a local gay bar, drug him and rape him as he lay unconscious.
Which he did with a 25 year old man named Steven tuomi. Dahmer claims he never intended to kill steven but the following morning, when he woke up, he found Steven laying underneath him. With his chest crushed in, his body covered in bruises and blood coming out of his mouth. Dahmer also had extreme bruising on his fists and forearms but had no memory of killing Steven.
He was then faced with having to dispose of the body, so he bought a suitcase to put the corpse in and left the hotel unnoticed. He took the body to his grandmothers house and one week later severed the limbs and head from the torso. Again taking the flesh from the bones. This time however, he put the flesh into binbags and smashed the bones covered in a sheet with a sledgehammer, then disposed of the evidence in the bin.
Except for the severed head. Which he kept for about 2 weeks wrapped in a blanket. Untill, he decided to boil the head in bleach and other substances, to preserve the skull and keep Steven with him. He would then use the skull as a stimulus for masturbation, but because of the method used in the boiling. The skull became too brittle, so he destroyed and disposed of it.
Full on serial killer
Following the murder of Steven Tuomi is when Dahmer’s inner demons were let loose. He started actively looking for victims, usually in gay bars or in and around those areas.
Two months after killing and disposing of Steven, Dahmer found a 14 year old prostitute called James Doxtator.
Dahmer offered James $50 in exchange for him posing in nude photos. Which James accepted, and accompanied Dahmer back to his grandmother’s house. Where they had sex before Dahmer drugged and strangled the young boy to death.
After leaving the body in the cellar for one week. He began the dismemberment and disposal method used with his last victim. Again keeping and boiling the head, Untill, as before, it became too brittle and needed disposing of.
Dahmer found 22 year old Richard outside the local gay bars in March 1988, a possible prostitute. This time Dahmer offered $50 in exchange to simply spend the rest of night with him.
But, when they got to Dahmer’s residence, he drugged and strangled richard with a leather belt. Killing him and performing oral sex on the corpse.
Within 24 hours, the body was dismembered and disposed of in the bin. except for the head, which again was boiled, bleached and ultimately destroyed.
Close call, now move out
One month later in April, Dahmer lured another victim back to his grandmother’s house. After drugging the victim, Dahmer became suspicious that his grandmother knew he wasn’t alone. So instead of killing him, he waited until the man was fully unconscious and dropped him off at the local hospital.
Later that year in September. due to Dahmer constantly bringing men back for sex and the weird smells coming from his room. His grandmother asked him to leave the house and get his own place.
Later that month Dahmer moved into his new flat. And the very next day, He lured a 13 year old boy back to the flat to take naked pictures. He didn’t kill the boy but sexually fondled him and was arrested. Subsequently being convicted of 2nd degree sexual assault and enticing a child for immoral purposes. Sentencing for the assault was suspended until May, during that time in March he moved back to live with his grandmother.
In March 1989, Dahmer met his next victim, Anthony Sears, in a gay bar close to closing time. Dahmer says, on that night he wasn’t looking to commit a crime but that “he just started talking to me”.
Dahmer lured Anthony back to his grandmother’s house and they had oral sex. After that dahmer drugged and strangled Anthony. The next day Dahmer put the corpse into the bathtub. decapitated it and then proceeded to skin the corpse. Removing all the flesh from the body and destroying the bones, then disposing of it all in the bin.
On this occasion though he kept the head and genitalia, preserving them in acetone. He even took them with him when he moved house a year later.
In May 1989, he was sentenced to five years probation, one year in the House of correction with work release and required to register as a sex offender.
He was released on parole two months before his scheduled date and began his five years probation. After being released, he temporarily moved back in with his grandmother, before moving into his own flat in May 1990.
New home, new Dahmer
Well not quite, one week after moving house and taking Anthony Sears’ mummified remains with him, he had killed his sixth victim.
32 year old male prostitute Raymond Smith, went back to Dahmers’ flat for sex at a price of $50. Dahmer then gave Raymond a drink laced with 7 sleeping pills and manually strangled him.
After purchasing a Polaroid camera the next day, Dahmer took pictures of the corpse in sexual positions. When he was done, he then put the body in the bathtub. dismembered the limbs and head from the torso and began to boil the legs, arms and genitalia in a steel kettle with soilex. So he could easily remove the flesh from the bones in his sink.
He then dissolved the skeleton in a tub of acid, keeping the skull. Which he spary painted and kept in a metal filing cabinet, on a black towel, next to the mummified skull of Anthony Sears.
One week later, Dahmer lured another potential victim back to his flat. But he accidently mixed up the drinks and ended up druging himself. When he woke up, he discovered his potential victim had stolen $300, various items of clothes and a watch. Dahmer later reported that he had been robbed to his parole officer.
An aqcuaitance of Dahmer named Edward Smith, was drugged and strangled in June 1990. However on this occasion, to try and better preserve the skull. After removing the flesh from the skeleton, Dahmer decided he would try to freeze the remains for several months. The freezing didn’t have the desired effect and the skeleton, but not the skull, was dissolved in acid.
Dahmer tried to dry the skull by placing it in the oven but this would unknowingly make the skull explode, destroying every last part of Edward Smith. Later speaking to the police he would explain how he felt “rotten” not being able to keep any of Edwards remains.
“It was my way of remembering their appearance, their physical beauty. I also wanted to keep them… if I couldn’t keep them there with me whole, I at least could keep their skeletons.”Jeffrey dahmer 1993.
Three months later Dahmer met 22 year old Ernest Miller. Who he paid $50 to accompany him back to his flat and listen to his stomach and heart. When Dahmer tried to perform oral sex, Ernest replied” that will cost you extra”.
So, Dahmer then gave Ernest a drink laced with sleeping pills, however at the time he only had two pills left. Which obviously isn’t enough to put a man to sleep, therefore he killed Ernest by slashing his kneck. With the same knife he used to dismember and dissect his previous victims corpses’.
After a few minutes, when Ernest had bled to death. Dahmer then put the corpse in the bathtub and began to dismember the body, while kissing and talking to the severed head.
He then put the heart, biceps, flesh and head into his fridge for later consumption. While boiling the rest, into a jelly like substance using soilex. Again to easily remove the flesh from the bones.
This time he wanted to try a different way to preserve the skeleton. He soaked the bones in a light bleach for 24 hours and left them to dry for a week on a cloth. Removing the severed head from the fridge, he stripped the flesh from the skull and proceeded to paint it and coat with enamel.
Three weeks after killing, dissecting and painting Ernest. He met David Thomas at a shopping mall, who he persuaded to go back to his flat for drinks. With additional money if he would pose naked for photographs.
In a later statement to the police after his arrest, Dahmer said he wasn’t attracted to David. But was afraid he would awake from the drug laden drink angry. So, he strangled him and dismembered the body, purposely not retaining any of the remains. Dahmer did however take Polaroids of the dismemberment process and kept them instead.
Over the next five months between October 1990 and February 1991. Dahmer had at least five, unsuccessful attempts, at lurring men back to his flat. Which led to him confiding in his probation officer of suicidal thoughts and loneliness. During this time he began plans to build an altar, made from the skulls and skeletons of his victims.
After watching 17 year old Curtis Straughter, standing at a bus stop in February 1991.he approached him and successfully lured him back to his flat, with the promise of money in exchange for nude photos and sex.
Dahmer drugged, then strangled Curtis with a leather strap. Again dismembering the body in the bathtub, while photographing the process. Keeping the hands, genitals and skull.
Two months later in April, Dahmer met Errol lindsey, who was on his way to get a key cut. He pursuaded Errol to return back to his flat. Where he gave him the drug laced drink but this time, while Errol was unconscious. He drilled a hole into his head and poured hydrochloric acid into his skull. In an experiment to render his victim to a permanent, submissive zombie like state.
However, when Errol awoke, he spoke and said “I have a headache, what time is it?”. In response Dahmer drugged him again and strangled him. He then decapitated the body keeping the skull. He also skinned the flesh from the corpse carefully, placing it in a solution of water and salt for several weeks. In the hope, that it would preserve the skin for him to keep but it became frayed and brittle, so Dahmer reluctantly had to dispose of it.
Some time during 1991, Dahmers fellow apartment block residents started complaining to the manager. That there was a foul oddur emanating from Dahmers flat and could occasionally hear a chainsaw and loud banging. When the manager contacted Dahmer about the complaints, he blamed his fridge. Saying it had broken down and the food had become “spoiled”. On another occasion he said it was his tropical fish, that had recently died and he would take care of the problem.
Anthony ‘Tony’ Hughes
Being both deaf and mute, Anthony would not be what many people think of when they consider a Dahmer victim.
however you could not be further wrong, Anthony and Dahmer knew each other for a few weeks prior to his death. Dahmer would later go on to say that he and Anthony were in a relationship and what they had together, “was the closest he could of ever felt to another person” .
In May, 1991 Dahmer and Anthony met up as normal however Dahmer had grown paranoid, thinking Anthony was going to leave him.
He was very fond of Anthony and was not prepared to let him go, so when Anthony went to leave to go home. Dahmer gave him one final drink laced with sleeping pills.
“I wish I’d waited to see if he would come back.”
Dahmer did not want to “loose” Anthony. So decided it was time for a new experiment. Whilst Anthony was unconscious, Dahmer drilled a hole into his skull and this time injected the acid into the cranial cavity.
Sadly Hughes would never wake up from this. So to finally seal the deal, Dahmer then strangled Anthony. After leaving the body in his bedroom for a few days, Dahmer would later dissolve the corpse, in his barrel of acid. Along with his next victim, who Dahmer believes saw Tony’s dead body, shortly before his own death.
The 14 year old, younger brother of the 12 year old boy, Dahmer had molested in 1988. Crossed paths with Dahmer in May 1991. When he was offered money to accompany Dahmer back to his flat and have pictures of him taken naked.
At first Konerak was reluctant, but later changed his mind and went with Dahmer. Where he posed for two pictures in his underwear, before being drugged and falling unconscious.
Dahmer performed oral sex on the boy and again, tried his failed experiment of drilling a hole into the skull and pouring hydrochloric acid into the frontal lobe. He then took the boy into his bedroom, where lay naked the dead body of 31 year old Tony Hughes, who Dahmer had killed three days earlier.
According to Dahmer, he believed the boy saw the body. But didnt react due to the drugs and acid. He then lay next to the unconscious Konerak drinking a few beers, before going to a bar to continue.
When on his way home with more beers in hand. Dahmer noticed Konerak sitting on the corner at the Roadside of his apartment block, talking in Lao, with three concerned young women standing around him.
Dahmer approached the trio and explained that Konerak was his friend. And started leading him off by the arm back to his flat. The three women dissuaded Dahmer and said they had already phoned the police.
This should of been the end
When the police arrived Dahmer told them that Konerak was his 19 year old drunk boyfriend, and they’d had an argument. He explained that Konerak often walked out and started a scene when he was intoxicated and that there was nothing more to it.
Meanwhile the three women were trying to draw the attention of the police to Koneraks bleeding buttocks. And that he had struggled against Dahmers attempt to lead him back to his flat. The officers harshly told the women to “butt out” “shut the hell up” and “mind their own business” as the incident was “domestic”.
The officers then wrapped Konerak in a towel and escorted him back to Dahmers flat. Where Dahmer attempted to verify their love, by showing the officers the two Polaroid pictures, taken the evening before.
When one officer commented on the foul oddur emanating from the flat, Dahmer invited the officer in to investigate. While investigating, the officer peeked his head into the bedroom and didn’t really take a good look. If he had of done he would of seen the corpse of Tony Hughes.
Satisfied that all was well, the two offers left, telling Dahmer to “take good care” of Konerak. After the officers left dahmer then drugged and injected more acid into his skull, which was fatal and killed Konerak.
The next day spent by Dahmer was devoted to dismembering and disposing of the two corpses. While retaining the skulls, to add to his collection.
The next month in June 1991,Dahmer travel to Chicago. Where he met 20 year old Matt Turner at a bus stop. Dahmer explained to Matt that he was a professional photographer and should travel to Milwaukee for a photo shoot.
Accepting the offer. Matt visited Dahmer at his flat in Milwaukee, expecting a photo shoot but instead he was drugged, strangled and dismembered.
Dahmer put the internal organs, genitalia and head into separate bags then placed them in the freezer for later consumption.
Five days after meeting Matt Turner, Dahmer encountered 23 year old Jeremiah Weinberger, in a bar while still in Chicago.
Dahmer pursuaded Jermiah to return with him back to Milwaukee, promising to spend the weekend together. Which they did, having a good time. Jeremiah decided it was time to leave after after a couple days but Dahmer didn’t want him to go.
So, Dahmer offered him one more drink before he left. Which was drugged in the usual way, once the 23 year old was unconscious Dahmer drilled a hole into his skull. But this time he tried a new method, by injecting boiling water into the cavity.
Surprisingly Jeremiah woke up soon after, so Dahmer once again drugged and injected boiling water into the brain. Which sent Jeremiah into coma, Dahmers new method had worked, to some extent, but two days later Jeremiah died.
Dahmer then dismembered the corpse, taking pictures of the process. Like the last victim, his head and organs went into the freezer and his body into the acid.
In July 1991 Dahmer met 24 year old Oliver Lacy, who was standing by a street corner. After a brief discussion, Oliver was lured back to Dahmers flat, on the promise of money for nude photos.
After a long period of sexual activity, Dahmer drugged Oliver but on this occasion he wanted to try a prolong the time his victim was alive. With unsuccessful attempts at doing this, using chloroform. Dahmer phoned his workplace requesting a day off, which was granted. He then killed Oliver by strangulation.
After killing Oliver, Dahmer then had anal sex with the corpse. After this he took more photos of the body, in various positions that he wasn’t able to do before killing him.
During the dismemberment process the bicep was fried on a skillet and partially eaten. which Dahmer said “tasted like beef”. The heart was preserved in a freezer for later consumption.
The severed head was placed in a refrigerator, found by the police on the day of his arrest.
Four days after initially being granted a day off from work, Dahmer was later fired. He then started watching exorcist 3 continuously before finding his 17th and final victim, 25 year old Joseph Bradehoft.
Finding Joseph at a bus stop, with a crate of beers under his arm was too appealing for Dahmer to ignore. Joseph was lured back to Dahmers flat, under the usual lie of money for photos.
Joseph was killed by strangulation after being drugged by Dahmer. Once Joseph was dead, Dahmer dismembered the body but not all of it, leaving the head in place. He then put the deceased body of Joseph on his bed, with a sheet covering it and left it for two days.
After Two days, Dahmer removed the sheets and he discovered the head was already rotting with maggots. He then severed the head from the body, cleaned it and put it in the fridge.
Disposing of the torso in the acid tank, which still held the remains of two recent victims.
Ironically, the one that escaped death, was arrested 20 years later for murder charges of his own.
This story doesn’t end in tragedy, although Dahmer would probably have argued that it does, at least for him anyway.
The day after killing Joseph in 1991. Dahmer approached three men offering them $100 if they would go with him to his flat. For beers, company and naked photos. Only one of the three men accepted the offer 32 year old, Tracy Edwards.
When Tracy first entered the flat he couldn’t help but notice the foul oddur and many containers of hydrochloric acid. Which Dahmer said was there due to him cleaning bricks.
The two had short meaningless conversation, before Dahmer asked Tracy to “look at my tropical fish”. When Tracy turned his head to get a look, Dahmer slapped a pair of handcuffs on one of Tracy’s wrists.
Tracy, confused asked “what’s happening? ” as Dahmer unsuccessfully, attempted to cuff both his wrists together. Dahmer then asked Tracy to the bedroom, to take naked pictures.
Upon entering the bedroom, Tracy noticed posters of naked men on the walls and the T.V was playing exorcist 3. He also saw a blue, 57 gallon drum in the corner of the bedroom, which had the same foul oddur that he had noticed earlier.
Dahmer then pulled out a knife, the same one used to carve his previous victims. And told Tracy that he intended to take naked photos of him. To play along with Dahmer, Tracy started to unbutton his shirt. He said he would continue if Dahmer would put the knife away and remove the handcuff.
Dahmer then turned his attention to the T.V and started slowly rocking back and fourth, muttering a chant.
Dahmer focused back on Tracy. Placing his head onto Tracys chest and while listening to his heartbeat, With the knife pressing against the intended victim, he said that he was going to eat his heart.
In a panic, Tracy kept telling Dahmer “I’m your friend, you dont need to do this. I’m not going to run away”. While having every intention of escaping through a window, or the unlocked front door, at the first possible opportunity.
Gaining some trust from Dahmer. When Tracy used the toilet he asked if they could move into the living room for beers, where there was air conditioning.
Dahmer agreed to the request and they moved into the living room. Planning his escape, Tracy was keeping a close eye on Dahmer, waiting for him to have a momentary lapse of concentration.
Dahmers finally arrested
As soon as Tracy saw his window of opportunity, he asked to use the toilet again and when he stood up from the couch. -Making sure Dahmer didn’t have anymore handcuffs in hand- punched Dahmer in the face and ran straight for the unlocked front door.
After the five hour, terryfying ordeal. At 11:30pm Tracy had finally escaped, luckily for Tracy there was two police officers on the corner of the street named Rolf Mueller and Robert Rauth. He immediately ran towards them, flagging them down, in an hysterical panic.
Noticing the handcuffs, the police officers asked about them. Tracy started explaining the story, saying some “freak” had attacked him and kept him hostage for five hours.
The officers tried their keys to get the handcuff off, but their keys weren’t a match. Meaning they weren’t police issue handcuffs, this added some credibility to Tracy’s elaborate story. So the officers went with Tracy back to Dahmers property.
Arriving at the property, Dahmer welcomed the trio inside and confirmed, he was the one that placed the handcuff on Tracy’s wrist.
Tracy suddenly shouted “the knifes in the bedroom, he pulled it out on me in there”. Dahmer didn’t respond to this comment. Instead he told officer Mueller, that the key to the handcuffs were in a draw in the bedroom. As Mueller went to retrieve the key, Dahmer attempted to put himself in front, to get the key himself. Officer Rauth then told Dahmer to “back off”.
While in the bedroom, Mueller noted that there was indeed a knife below the bed, he also saw an open draw. When he looked through the draw for the key, he found Polaroid pictures. Which were of human bodies, all in different stages of dismemberment. To his shock, he also noticed that the room he was standing in, was the same room as the pictures. Mueller then took the pictures to show rauth, uttering “these are for real”.
Dahmer saw that the officers had his Polaroid pictures and started to fight them, in an attempt to escape. However the two officers quickly overpowered him, Cuffed his hands behind his back and called in for backup. At this point Mueller opened the refrigerator and found the severed head of a black male on the bottom shelf. Dahmer pinned to floor by Rauth, then turned his head to look at the officers and said. “for what I did, I should be dead”.
Dahmers house of horror
Upon Dahmers arrest, a more detailed search of the apartment, conducted by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Revealed the true house of horrors, which Dahmer had created.
The Bureau found, a total of four severed heads in Dahmer’s kitchen. A total of seven skulls. Some painted and some bleached were found in Dahmer’s bedroom and inside a closet. In addition, investigators discovered, collected blood drippings on a tray at the bottom of Dahmer’s refrigerator. Plus two human hearts and a portion of arm muscle. each wrapped inside plastic bags upon the shelves. In Dahmer’s freezer, investigators discovered an entire torso, plus a bag of human organs and flesh stuck to the ice at the bottom.
In more parts of the flat, investigators found two complete skeletons, a pair of severed hands. Two severed and preserved penises, a mummified scalp and inside the 57 gallon drum. They found a further three torsos, dissolving in the acid solution. Last but not least, a total of 74 Polaroid pictures, documenting the dismemberment of the body parts found.
“It was more like dismantling someone’s museum than an actual crime scene.”
Chief medical examiner
Beginning in the early hours of July 23, 1991. Dahmer was questioned by Detective Patrick Kennedy about the murders he had committed and the evidence found at his apartment. Over the following two weeks, Kennedy and, later, Detective Patrick Murphy conducted numerous interviews with Dahmer. Which combined to a total of 60 hours. Dahmer waived his right to lawyer throughout the interrogation, adding.
“I created this horror and it only makes sense I put an end to it.”
Jeffrey Dahmer 1991
Dahmer confessed to all 17 murders, admitting that he mostly rendered his victims unconscious, before killing them. He also let them know that, some had died from the effects of boiling water or acid injected into their brain.
With no memory of killing Tuomi, he couldn’t say if Tuomi was unconscious or not when beaten to death. Dahmer did conclude from the bruising to Tuomis chest however. That there was a good chance he had tried to rip Tuomis heart out after killing him. Almost all the murders Dahmer committed after moving into his flat had involved a ritual of posing the victims’ bodies in suggestive positions. Typically with the chest thrust outwards, prior to dismemberment.
Dahmer admitted to performing necrophilia with several of his victims’ bodies. Including performing sexual acts with the heads, as he dismembered their bodies in his bathtub. Having noted that much of the blood pooled inside his victims’ chest after death. He explained, he would first remove their internal organs, then suspended the torso so the blood drained into his bathtub. Before dicing any organs he did not wish to retain and stripping the flesh from the body.
The bones he wished to dispose of were pulverized or acidified, with the Soilex and bleach solutions used to aid in the preservation of the skeletons and skulls he wished to keep. In addition, he confessed to having consumed the hearts, livers, biceps, and portions of thighs of several victims he killed within the previous year.
Describing the increase in his rate of killing in the two months prior to his arrest, he stated he had been “completely swept along” with his compulsion to kill, adding.
“It was an incessant and never-ending desire to be with someone at whatever cost. Someone good looking, really nice looking. It just filled my thoughts all day long.”
When asked as to why he had preserved a total of seven skulls and the entire skeletons of two victims. Dahmer stated, he had been in the process of constructing a private altar of victims’ skulls. Which he had intended to display on the black table located in his living room. The same table he had photographed the bodies of many of his victims.
This display of skulls was to be adorned at each side with the complete skeletons of Ernest Miller and Oliver Lacy. The four severed heads found in his kitchen were to be removed of all flesh and used in this altar. As was the skull of at least one future victim.
Incense sticks were to be placed at each end of the black table. Above which Dahmer intended to place a large blue lamp with extending blue globe lights. The entire construction was to be placed before a window covered with a black, opaque shower curtain. in front of which Dahmer intended to sit in a black leather chair.
When asked in a November 18, 1991 interview who the altar was dedicated to, Dahmer replied: “Myself … It was a place where I could feel at home.” He further described his intended altar as a “place for meditation,” from where he believed he could draw a sense of power. Adding, “If this [his arrest] had happened six months later, that’s what they would have found.”
The charges Dahmer faced
July 25, 1991, Dahmer was charged with four counts of first-degree murder. By August 22, he had been charged with a further 11 murders committed in the state of Wisconsin.
On September 14, investigators in Ohio, having uncovered hundreds of bone fragments in woodland behind the address in which Dahmer had confessed to killing his first victim, formally identified two molars and a vertebra with X-ray records of Steven Mark Hicks. Three days later, Dahmer was charged by authorities in Ohio with the murder of Steven Hicks.
Dahmer was not charged with the attempted murder of Tracy Edwards. Nor with the murder of Steven Tuomi. He was not charged with Tuomi’s murder because the Milwaukee County District Attorney only brought charges where a murder could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. As Dahmer had no memory of actually committing this particular murder, for which no physical evidence of the crime existed. At a scheduled preliminary hearing on January 13, 1992. Dahmer pleaded guilty but insane to 15 counts of murder.
Dahmers trial and many diagnosis results.
“This has never been a case of trying to get free. I didn’t ever want freedom. Frankly, I wanted death for myself. This was a case to tell the world that I did what I did not for reasons of hate, I hated no one. I know I was sick or evil, or both. Now I believe I was sick. The doctors have told me about my sickness and now I have some peace.”
Jeffrey Dahmer on trial
Jeffrey Dahmer’s trial began on January 30, 1992. He was tried in Milwaukee for the 15 counts of first-degree murder, before Judge Laurence Gram. By pleading guilty on January 13 to the charges brought against him, Dahmer had waived his rights to an initial trial to establish guilt (as defined in Wisconsin law).
The issue debated by opposing counsels at Dahmer’s trial. Was to determine whether he suffered from either a mental or a personality disorder. The prosecution claiming that any disorders did not deprive Dahmer of the ability to appreciate the criminality of his conduct. Or to deprive him of the ability to resist his impulses. The defense arguing that Dahmer suffered from a mental disease. Saying he was driven by obsessions and impulses he was unable to control.
Defense experts argued that Dahmer was insane due to his necrophilic drive, His compulsion to have sexual encounters with corpses. Defense expert Dr. Fred Berlin testified that Dahmer was unable to conform his conduct at the time that he committed the crimes. Because he was suffering from paraphilia or, more specifically, necrophilia.
Dr. Judith Becker, a professor of psychiatry and psychology. Was the second expert witness for the defense. Becker also diagnosed Dahmer with necrophilia.
The final defense expert to testify, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Carl Wahlstrom. Diagnosed Dahmer with borderline personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, necrophilia, alcohol dependence, and a psychotic disorder.
The prosecution rejected the defense’s argument that Dahmer was insane. Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Phillip Resnick testified that Dahmer did not suffer from primary necrophilia. Because he preferred live sexual partners as evidenced by his efforts to create unresistant, submissive sexual partners. devoid of rational thought and to whose needs he did not have to cater.
Another prosecution expert to testify, Dr. Fred Fosdel. Testified to his belief that Dahmer was without mental disease or defect at the time he committed the murders. He described Dahmer as a calculating and cunning individual, able to differentiate between right and wrong. With the ability to control his actions. Although Fosdel did state his belief that Dahmer suffered from paraphilia, his conclusion was that Dahmer was not a sadist.
The final witness to appear for the prosecution, forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz, began his testimony on February 12. Dietz testified that he did not believe Dahmer to be suffering from any mental disease or defect at the time that he committed the crimes. stating, “Dahmer went to great lengths to be alone with his victim and to have no witnesses.”
He explained that there was ample evidence that Dahmer prepared in advance for each murder. therefore, his crimes were not impulsive. Although Dietz did concede any acquisition of a paraphilia was not a matter of personal choice. He also stated his belief that Dahmer’s habit of becoming intoxicated prior to committing each of the murders was significant, stating.
“If he had a compulsion to kill, he would not have to drink alcohol. He had to drink alcohol to overcome his inhibition, to do the crime which he would rather not do.”
Dr. Park Dietz
Dietz also noted that Dahmer strongly identified with evil and corrupt characters. From both Return of the Jedi and The Exorcist III. Particularly the level of power held by these characters. Expounding on the significance of these movies on Dahmer’s psyche and many of the murders committed at the Oxford Apartments.
Dietz explained that Dahmer occasionally viewed scenes from these films before searching for a victim. Dietz diagnosed Dahmer with substance use disorder, paraphilia, and schizotypal personality disorder.
Two court-appointed mental health professionals testifying independently of either prosecution or defense. Were forensic psychiatrist George Palermo and clinical psychologist Samuel Friedman.
Palermo stated that the murders were the result of a.
“pent-up aggression within himself. He killed those men because he wanted to kill the source of his homosexual attraction to them. In killing them, he killed what he hated in himself.”
Dr. George Palermo
Palermo concluded that Dahmer was a sexual sadist with antisocial personality disorder, but legally sane.
Friedman testified that it was a longing for companionship that caused Dahmer to kill. He stated.
“Mr. Dahmer is not psychotic.”
Speaking kindly of Dahmer, he described him as.
“Amiable, pleasant to be with, courteous, with a sense of humor, conventionally handsome, and charming in manner. He was, and still is, a bright young man.”
Dr Samuel Friedman
He diagnosed Dahmer with a personality disorder not otherwise specified featuring borderline, obsessive-compulsive, and sadistic traits.
The trial lasted two weeks. On February 14, both counsels delivered their closing arguments to the jury. Each counsel was allowed to speak for two hours.
Defense attorney Gerald Boyle argued first. Repeatedly harking to the testimony of the mental health professionals. Almost all of whom had agreed Dahmer was suffering from a mental disease.
Boyle argued that Dahmer’s compulsive killings had been a result of “a sickness he discovered, not chose.” Boyle portrayed Dahmer as a desperately lonely and profoundly sick individual “so out of control he could not conform his conduct any more.”
Following the defense counsel’s 75-minute closing argument, Michael McCann delivered his closing argument for the prosecution. Describing Dahmer as a sane man, in full control of his actions. Who simply strove to avoid detection. McCann argued that the act of murder was committed in hostility, anger, resentment, frustration, or hatred, and that the 15 victims for whose murder he was tried “died merely to afford Dahmer a period of sexual pleasure.” McCann further argued that by pleading guilty but insane to the charges, Dahmer was seeking to escape responsibility for his crimes.
Verdicts and Sentencing
On February 15, the court reconvened to hear the verdict. Dahmer was ruled to be sane and not suffering from a mental disorder at the time of each of the 15 murders for which he was tried. Although in each count, two of the 12 jurors signified their dissent.
On the first two counts, Dahmer was sentenced to life imprisonment plus ten years, with the remaining 13 counts carrying a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment plus 70 years. The death penalty was not an option for Judge Gram to consider at the penalty phase as the State of Wisconsin had abolished capital punishment in 1853.
Upon hearing of Dahmer’s sentencing, his father Lionel and stepmother Shari requested to be allowed a ten-minute private meeting with their son before he was transferred to the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage to begin his sentence. This request was granted and the trio exchanged hugs and well-wishes before Dahmer was escorted away to begin his sentence.
Three months after his conviction for 15 murders in Milwaukee, Dahmer was extradited to Ohio to be tried for the murder of his first victim, Steven Hicks. In a court hearing lasting just 45 minutes, Dahmer again pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to a 16th term of life imprisonment on May 1, 1992.
Upon sentencing, Dahmer was transferred to the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin. For the first year of his incarceration, Dahmer was placed in solitary confinement. Due to concerns for his physical safety should he come into contact with fellow inmates.
With Dahmer’s consent, after one year in solitary confinement. He was transferred to a less secure unit, where he was assigned a two-hour daily work detail cleaning the toilet block.
Shortly after completing his lengthy confessions in 1991, Dahmer had requested to Detective Patrick Murphy that he be given a copy of the Bible. This request was granted and Dahmer gradually devoted himself to Christianity and became a born-again Christian. On his father’s urging, he also read creationist books from the Institute for Creation Research.
In May 1994, Dahmer was baptized by Roy Ratcliffe. A minister in the Church of Christ and a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University, in the prison whirlpool. Following his baptism, Ratcliff visited Dahmer on a weekly basis up until November 1994.
Dahmer and Ratcliff regularly discussed the prospect of death, and Dahmer questioned whether he was sinning against God by continuing to live. Referring to his crimes in a 1994 interview with Stone Phillips on Dateline NBC, Dahmer had stated.
“If a person doesn’t think that there is a God to be accountable to, then what’s the point of trying to modify your behavior to keep it within acceptable ranges? That’s how I thought anyway.”
In July 1994, a fellow inmate, Osvaldo Durruthy, attempted to slash Dahmer’s throat with a razor embedded in a toothbrush as Dahmer returned to his cell from Roy Ratcliff’s weekly church service conducted in the prison chapel. Dahmer received superficial wounds and was not seriously hurt in this incident.
According to Dahmer’s family, he had long been ready to die, and accepted any punishment which he might endure in prison. In addition to his father and stepmother maintaining regular contact, Dahmer’s mother, Joyce, also maintained regular contact with her son (although prior to his arrest, the two had not seen each other since Christmas 1983).
Joyce Dahmer related that in her weekly phone calls, whenever she expressed concerns for her son’s physical well-being, Dahmer responded with comments to the effect of. “It doesn’t matter, Mom. I don’t care if something happens to me.”
Jeffrey Dahmers Death
On the morning of November 28, 1994, Dahmer left his cell to conduct his assigned work detail. Accompanying him were two fellow inmates. Jesse Anderson and Christopher Scarver. The trio was left unsupervised in the showers of the prison gym for approximately 20 minutes.
At approximately 8:10 a.m. Dahmer was discovered on the floor of the bathrooms of the gym suffering from extreme head and facial wounds. He had been severely bludgeoned about the head and face with a 20-inch (51 cm) metal bar.
His head had also been repeatedly struck against the wall in the assault. Although Dahmer was still alive and was rushed to a nearby hospital, he was pronounced dead one hour later. Anderson had also been beaten with the same instrument, and died two days later from his wounds.
Scarver, who was serving a life sentence for a murder committed in 1990. Informed authorities he had first attacked Dahmer with the metal bar as he (Dahmer) was cleaning a staff locker room, before attacking Anderson as he (Anderson) cleaned an inmate locker room.
According to Scarver, Dahmer did not yell or make any noise as he was attacked. Immediately after attacking both men, Scarver, who was thought to be schizophrenic. Returned to his cell and informed a prison guard. “God told me to do it. Jesse Anderson and Jeffrey Dahmer are dead.” Scarver was adamant he had not planned the attacks in advance, although he later divulged to investigators he had concealed the 20-inch iron bar used to kill both men in his clothing shortly before the killings.
Upon learning of his death, Dahmer’s mother Joyce Flint responded angrily to the media. “Now is everybody happy? Now that he’s bludgeoned to death, is that good enough for everyone?”
The response of the families of Dahmer’s victims was mixed. Although it appears most were pleased with his death. The district attorney who prosecuted Dahmer cautioned against turning Scarver into a folk hero, noting that Dahmer’s death was still murder. On May 15, 1995, Scarver was sentenced to two additional terms of life imprisonment for the murders of Dahmer and Anderson.
Although Scarver had confessed in 1994 to having concealed the weapon used to kill Dahmer and Anderson in his clothing on the morning of the murders. In 2015, he publicly stated the murders of Dahmer and Anderson had resulted from a confrontation.
which one of the two men had poked him (Scarver) in the back as the three had begun their assigned work detail. In this renewed account of events, Scarver claimed that the two had laughed at him when he had turned around in response before Dahmer and Anderson each walked to separate rooms to begin their cleaning duty. With Scarver following Dahmer toward the staff locker room.
Scarver alleges that immediately before murdering Dahmer, he had cornered him. Presented a newspaper article detailing Dahmer’s crimes, and demanded that Dahmer answer whether the account was true.
Scarver further alleged he had been revolted by Dahmer’s crimes and that Dahmer had been openly unrepentant. That Dahmer taunted prison employees and fellow inmates by shaping his prison food into imitations of severed limbs, complete with ketchup to simulate blood spattering; and that prison staff, knowing of Scarver’s hatred for Dahmer, had deliberately left the two men unsupervised so that he could kill him.
Furthermore, Scarver stated that Dahmer was so disliked by fellow inmates that he required a personal escort. Of at least one guard whenever he was out of his cell to prevent inmates from attacking him.
Dahmer had stated in his will he wished for no services to be conducted. And that he wished to be cremated. In September 1995, Dahmer’s body was cremated, and his ashes divided between his parents.
The Aftermath of Dahmer
Dahmer’s estate was awarded to the families of 11 of his victims who had sued for damages. In 1996, Thomas Jacobson, a lawyer representing eight of the families. Announced a planned auction of Dahmer’s estate.
Although victims’ relatives stated the motivation was not greed, the announcement sparked controversy. A civic group, Milwaukee Civic Pride, was quickly established in an effort to raise the funds to purchase and destroy Dahmer’s possessions.
The group pledged $407,225, including a $100,000 gift by Milwaukee real estate developer Joseph Zilber. For purchase of Dahmer’s Estate, five of the eight families represented by Jacobson agreed to the terms, and Dahmer’s possessions were subsequently destroyed and buried in an undisclosed Illinois landfill.
On August 5, 1991. A candlelight vigil to celebrate and heal the Milwaukee community was attended by more than 400 people. Present at the vigil were community leaders, gay rights activists, and family members of several of Dahmer’s victims. Organizers stated the purpose of the vigil was to enable Milwaukeeans to “share their feelings of pain and anger over what happened”.
The Oxford Apartments at 924 North 25th Street, where Dahmer had killed 12 of his victims, were demolished in November 1992. The site is now a vacant lot. Alternate plans to convert the site into either a memorial garden, a playground, or to reconstruct new housing have failed to materialize.
Lionel Dahmer is retired and now lives with his second wife, Shari. Both have refused to change their surname and have professed their love of Jeffrey in spite of his crimes. In 1994, Lionel published a book, A Father’s Story, and donated a portion of the proceeds from his book to the victims’ families.
Most of the families showed support for Lionel and Shari, although three families subsequently sued Lionel Dahmer. Two for using their names in the book without obtaining prior consent, and a third family—that of Steven Hicks—filing a wrongful death suit against Lionel Dahmer, Shari, and former wife Joyce, citing parental negligence as the cause for the claim.
Joyce Flint died of cancer in November 2000. Prior to her death, she had attempted suicide on at least one occasion. Jeffrey’s younger brother, David, changed his surname and lives in anonymity.