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Jeffrey Dahmer

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Also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, Dahmer is responsible for the murder of 17 males. He was sentenced to life in prison, but was killed by a fellow inmate.
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When you’re talking about the most ruthless and heinous serial killers to ever walk the Earth, you have to mention Jeffrey Dahmer. Many of the acts that he committed were unimaginable, and there were nearly 20 victims that were claimed by Dahmer. People have done a lot of research into Dahmer’s life to find out why he did what he did, with many pointing toward mental health as a big reason for his actions. It’s been around a quarter century since Dahmer passed away, leaving a lot of open ended questions.

Dahmer was born on May 21, 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and things seemed rather normal for his childhood. Though his parents weren’t always around and very close to Dahmer, he was still described as being a typical child. It wasn’t until he had gotten into his school age that Dahmer started to show signs of having something wrong with him mentally, having taken animals and torturing them, keeping their bones in the process. Eventually, Dahmer started to exhibit some more strange behavior by the time he was a teenager, often getting into trouble and living as an outcast.

During these high school years, Dahmer was drinking heavily which affected his school work. Things weren’t going well for Dahmer as he became more distant from the public, starting to have fantasies about committing heinous acts. According to Dahmer’s father, the problems started when he had surgery as a child that affected his personality. “During any period of recovery, a certain flattening of mood could be expected,” he said. “But in Jeff, this flattening began to take on a sense of something permanent.”

Unfortunately, it didn’t take long after high school until Dahmer’s crime spree had started. During the summer after his graduation, Dahmer had picked up a hitchhiker that was the same age as him. Dahmer offered to give him alcohol and hang around at his house, but Dahmer had darker ideas. When the young man, Steven Hicks, had arrived, Dahmer had beaten him and committed deviant acts before getting rid of the body.

Being able to hide Hicks, Dahmer wasn’t caught at first for his initial crime. Still not suspected of anything in early 1979, Dahmer joined the Army after dropping out of college. Dahmer seemed like a typical soldier at the time, though some came forward and said that he had committed crimes while in the Army. Dahmer eventually received an honorable discharge in the early 1980s, returning to the midwest.

Dahmer was arrested for the first couple of times during this era, though not for murder. Instead, he was arrested for being intoxicated in public and then for indecent exposure. A few years later, though, Dahmer’s crime spree restarted as he continued to claim the lives of victims following acts of extreme violence. For the rest of the 1980s and into the early 1990s, Dahmer added onto his list of killings with not many being suspicious.

It wasn’t until Dahmer was able to lure a man into his apartment during the summer of 1991 that Dahmer had tried to claim as yet another victim. However, the man was able to escape after a tussle with Dahmer, immediately hunting down the nearest police officer. The police then went into Dahmer’s home where they had found sufficient evidence that Dahmer had indeed been a ruthless serial killer.

Because of the evidence that Dahmer had kept in his apartment, it would’ve been nearly impossible for him to claim his innocence. Because of that, Dahmer confessed to the murders and was officially charged with more than a dozen counts. In his hometown of Milwaukee, Dahmer was placed on trial and pleaded guilty to all of those charges. It wasn’t a lengthy trial because of that, though he had tried to declare insanity in an unsuccessful attempt.

Dahmer was subsequently sent to prison, but wouldn’t last there for very long. In late 1994, an inmate had attacked Dahmer and another prisoner, ending both of their lives. The man was Christopher Scarver, who said he took Dahmer’s life because of his behavior. “He crossed the line with some people – prisoners, prison staff,” Scarver said. “Some people who are in prison are repentant – but he was not one of them.”

In one of his final interviews with the media, Dahmer indeed didn’t seem to show that much repent. “I had these obsessive desires and thoughts wanting to control (the victims), to – I don’t know how to put it – possess them permanently,” he said. “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.”

It’s assumed that all of Dahmer’s victims have been identified, which has at least brought closure to some of the families. “There was no point in trying to hide my actions anymore,” he said after his confession. “The best route was to help the police identify all of the victims and make a complete confession.”

Even with the laundry list of crimes committed, some are still surprised by Dahmer’s actions when talking to him. “You think of the crimes that he committed, they’re so horrific you kind of think only a madman or somebody totally evil incarnate would do this, but when you talked with Jeffrey Dahmer you did not get this idea,” one detective said. “He could be engaging, he could be bright, witty, he could make jokes. He was able to fool a lot of people.”