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Polaroids From Jeffrey Dahmer’s Apartment: Unbelievably Brutal And Surprisingly Mundane

Disclaimer: This article is based on the Netflix web series about real-life killer Jeffrey DAHMER. It may contain references to murder, nudity and s*xual assault which some may find upsetting. Reader discretion is advised. 

One of the most dangerous serial killers in history, Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, killed 17 people between 1978 and 1991. How did he avoid detection for more than ten years? Nobody is aware (aside from his neighbor, who literally warned police about him with no success).

In Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, a new limited series on Netflix, Dahmer is the main subject. True crime fans will learn about his crimes up close, how he lured men to his apartment, and about Glenda Cleveland, a brave woman who sought to alert authorities to Dahmer’s suspicious conduct. 

While there are many unanswered questions regarding Jeffrey Dahmer’s motivations, some things will always remain a mystery. Here is all the information we have about one of America’s most notorious serial killers. 

Who is Jeffrey Dahmer? 

On May 21, 1960, Jeffery Dahmer was born to Lionel and Joyce Dahmer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and had a typical childhood. His parents soon noticed that he wasn’t as interested in things anymore, had become more distant, and preferred to be alone.

He participated in traditional high school extracurriculars, including band and intramural athletics. However, he acknowledged that at the young age of 14, he started having fantasies about murder and necrophilia. He later enlisted in the army and was later released on honor

What did Jeffrey Dahmer do? 

Jeffrey committed his first murder in 1978.  A hitchhiker was picked up by him shortly after he received his high school diploma, and they were taken to his parent’s house where he offered him a drink and had intercourse with him. When the hitchhiker tried to get away, Jeffrey hit him in the head and strangled him with a barbell.

“I always recognized that it was bad,” Dahmer said in a 1993 interview with Inside Edition. The initial murder was not intended. 

Between 1978 and 1991, Dahmer was responsible for the deaths of 16 other people. Even while crime enthusiasts are likely aware that this is typical serial killer behavior, what bothers people the most is what the perpetrator did following the killings. 

Dahmer kept body parts in jars, ate them, and even had sex with the bodies of some of his victims.

Who Were The Victims Of Dahmer? 

Jeffrey was left alone after both of his parents had abandoned him. The majority of the crimes occurred before he moved in with his grandmother. For his 17 male victims, he committed murder, rape, cannibalism, necrophilia, and dismemberment. He was deactivated from the service and then detained for indecent exposure. He was detained once more for urinating in public a year later.

At pubs, bus stations, shopping centers, and adult bookstores, Jeffrey Dahmer frequently encountered his victims. He primarily went for gay guys of color, and he would get them to accompany him home by offering alcohol or money in exchange for pictures.

By the time police apprehended Dahmer, he had murdered 17 men and boys, including: 

  • Steven Hicks (19)
  • Steven Tuomi (24)
  • Jamie Doxtator (14)
  • Richard Guerrero (25)
  • Anthony Lee Sears (26)
  • Raymond Lamont Smith (33)
  • Edward W. Smith (27)
  • Ernest Miller (22)
  • David Thomas (23)
  • Curtis Straughter (19)
  • Errol Lindsey (19)
  • Anthony Hughes (31)
  • Konerak Sinthasomphone

Polaroids From Jeffrey Dahmer’s Apartment: Unbelievably Grim And Surprisingly Mundane

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A box of Polaroids depicting the notorious crimes Dahmer perpetrated was found by the police inside Dahmer’s flat. They discovered a decapitated human skull in his refrigerator. Police immediately detained Dahmer and started searching his flat.

Detectives and forensic scientists unearthed horrifying evidence, such as a drum with decaying remains. Later, Dahmer admitted to 17 homicides. The sole proof of what happened to several of his victims, including his first, was the photographs Dahmer took as mementos and his 60-hour confession. 

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The Polaroid photos and crime scene photos that were taken at Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s apartment 213, located at 924 North 25th Street, depict a gruesome scene of the events that shocked Wisconsin and added Jeffrey Dahmer to the list of infamous American serial killers.

On July 22, 1991, while looking for evidence in Jeffrey Dahmer’s apartment, police officer Rolf Mueller found nearly 80 Polaroids of dead bodies that were naked, posed, and had been cut up.

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When Mueller saw the Polaroids, he entered the living room to show them to his companion and said, “These are genuine.”

When Dahmer saw that Mueller was holding many of his Polaroids, he tried to fight with the police officers to avoid being arrested.

He was quickly taken down by the police, who then put him in handcuffs and called for help from a second squad car.


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The officer exclaimed, “Get the cuffs on him,” or something along those lines, after discovering the photos in the dresser drawer, according to Dahmer’s next-door neighbor, Pamela Bass. I was going down that corridor to get out of the way when the second one emerged because I said, “I don’t know what they’re doing.” I have no idea what they discovered.

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According to qualified psychologists, Dahmer posed and took pictures of the bodies of his victims so he could revisit the incidents in the future and feed his passion for sexual sadism and necrophilia.

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The insane man put the bodies of his victims in various poses that he thought were sexually suggestive.

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