Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, one of the deadliest serial killers in history, murdered 17 people between 1978 and 1991. How did he go more than ten years without being discovered? Nobody knows (aside from his neighbor, who literally warned the 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.
Who is Jeffrey Dahmer?
Jeffery Dahmer was born to Lionel and Joyce Dahmer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 21, 1960, and had a regular upbringing. His parents soon noticed that he was less interested in activities, getting farther away, and preferring to be alone.
He took part in typical high school extracurricular activities, such as music and intramural sports. He did admit, though, that at the tender age of 14, he had begun to fantasize about murder and necrophilia. Later, after joining the army, he was honorably discharged.
What did Jeffrey Dahmer do?
In 1978, Jeffrey committed his first homicide. Shortly after receiving his high school diploma, he picked up a hitchhiker, took him to his parent’s house, and engaged in sexual activity with him there. When the hitchhiker tried to run away, Jeffrey hit him in the head and strangled him with a barbell.
In a 1993 interview with Inside Edition, Dahmer stated, “I always knew that it was horrible.” The first murder wasn’t planned.
Dahmer was accountable for the killings of 16 other people between 1978 and 1991. Crime lovers are probably aware that this is normal practice for serial killers, but what really pisses people off is what the killer did after the crimes.
Body parts from several of Dahmer’s victims were kept in jars, he consumed them, and he even had sex with them.
Who Were The Victims Of Dahmer?
After his parents both abandoned him, Jeffrey was left on his own. Most of the crimes took place prior to him moving in with his grandma. He perpetrated rape, cannibalism, necrophilia, dismemberment, and murder on his 17 male victims. He was taken into custody for indecent exposure after being decommissioned from the military. A year later, he was arrested once more for urinating in public.
Jeffrey Dahmer usually ran into his victims at adult bookstores, bus stops, shopping malls, and pubs. He mainly targeted gay men of color, and he would entice them to go with him home by promising them booze or cash in exchange for photos.
When police finally caught Dahmer, he had already killed 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
When Was Jeffrey Dahmer Arrested?
Dahmer’s murderous rampage, which claimed the lives of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991, came to an end in July 1991 when Tracy Edwards, a potential victim, was able to get away from the killer.
On July 22, 1991, Dahmer invited 32-year-old Edwards back to his apartment under the premise of taking some photographs. Dahmer had claimed to be a skilled photographer.
While inside his apartment, Dahmer made an effort to handcuff Edwards but was only able to do it on one wrist. Edwards noticed boxes of hydrochloric acid on the floor when they initially entered Dahmer’s home and also noticed a foul odor emanating from each room.
Dahmer instructed Edwards to follow him into the bedroom so he could picture Edward naked while he was still partially shackled. He was forced to lie on the ground with a six-inch knife pointing at his groin.
Edwards spent four hours trying to reason with Dahmer before he was able to escape. He asserted that Dahmer chanted and rocked back and forth while viewing Exorcist III in his bedroom. According to the man, “put his head on my chest, listened to my heart, and indicated he was going to devour my heart,” the man added.
Edwards spent hours earning Dahmer’s trust before asking him if he could use the bathroom and leave.He punched Dahmer in the face by using the fact that he wasn’t holding the handcuffs.
Edwards was able to signal two Milwaukee police officers named Robert Rauth and Rolf Mueller at 11:30 p.m. that day before leaving through the front entrance.
When the two police officers noticed Edwards was shackled on one wrist, Edwards explained what had happened to them.
I told the police, according to Edwards’ testimony in court, “This freak, this crazy guy was trying to hurt me.”
Edwards agreed to go back to Dahmer’s apartment with the police when they asked if they could loosen the chains on his wrists.
When the officers entered Dahmer’s home to acquire the key, Mueller discovered a number of Polaroid pictures that showed bodies in various levels of mutilation.
When Dahmer was caught trying to attack the police officers, it was clear that he had done a lot of bad things.
When the Criminal Investigation Bureau of Milwaukee searched Dahmer’s home, they found a mummified scalp, three severed torsos dissolving in a 57-gallon acid drum, seven human skulls, two human hearts, two complete human bones, four severed human heads in the kitchen, and other things.
“He underestimated me,” Edwards said at the time. God assigned me to take care of the situation there.