True Crime Week: Jeffrey Dahmer

Happy Halloween Readers,
I put out a poll on both Twitter and Instagram asking if you guys would be interested in a true-crime week for Halloween you guys said yes so here, we are. This week I will be looking at Peter Sutcliffe, Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez, Jeffrey Dahmer, Aileen Wuornos, John Wayne Gacy and Lizzie Borden.

Our first serial killer of the day is Jeffrey Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster. Jeffrey is the second of the serial killers I am looking at that made an appearance on American Horror Story his appearance was in Season 5 (Hotel). As with Peter Sutcliffe, I am missing out the details if you really need to know you can do your own research (I wouldn’t recommend it). No copyright infringement is intended the photo is used for educational purposes.

Let's get some facts out the way first
  • He was a necrophiliac
  • He was cannibal
  • He mutilated the bodies
  • He kept souvenirs from the bodies
  • Killed 17 males between 1978 and 1991
  • He took photos of his victims

Jeffrey had a normal childhood compared to most serial (wait till the second post of the day Aileen Wuornos) however, as he got older, he became withdrawn and began showing little to no interest in hobbies or social interaction and instead preferred to examining animal carcasses and roadkill and started heavily drinking for entertainment.

If you want a good film to watch about his life before he became the renowned serial killer I would recommend “My Friend Dahmer”.  Jeffrey‘s drinking continued through high school but did not stop him from graduating in 1978 and shockingly it was just three weeks later that the 18-year-old committed his first murder. In 1979, Dahmer enlisted in the Army, but his drinking continued and he was discharged in 1981.
Jeffrey was careful to select his victims he picked people on the fringes of society, such as travellers or borderline criminals, making their disappearances less noticeable and reducing the likelihood of his capture. Even today the circumstances of Jeffrey’s crimes are the subject of controversy. People claim that the fact that Dahmer managed to hide under the radar for so long showed police discrimination against homosexual or members of racial minorities as they attached a low priority to the investigation for the victim’s disappearance

Random fact his 13th victim 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone escaped nude and disoriented from Jeffrey’s clutches. When police arrived on the scene there were paramedics, two women who were standing close to the confused boy, and Jeffrey. Jeffrey told police that Konerak was his 19-year-old lover who was drunk, confused and the two had a lover’s tiff. The police escorted Jeffrey and the boy back to Dahmer's apartment!!!! Within hours, Jeffrey killed him!!!!

Jeffrey was charged with 17 murder charges, which was later reduced to 15. He pleaded not guilty due to insanity. The jury deliberated for five hours and returned a verdict of guilty on 15 counts of murder. Jeffrey was sentenced to 15 life sentences. In February 1992, Jeffrey arrived at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin. 

On November 28, 1994, Christopher Scarver beat Jeffrey within an inch of his life with a metal bar and beat another inmate to death with the same metal pole. Jeffrey was found still alive but died on the way to the hospital from severe head trauma.

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