Jeffrey Dahmer is one of Americas more notorious serial killers. He was born May 21, 1960 and died November 28, 1994 at the age of 34. Jeffrey Dahmer is also known as the "Milwaukee Cannibal". His crimes are being a serial killer as well as a sex offender. Dahmer committed rape, murder, and dismemberment of seventeen men and boys from 1978 to 1991. Some of Dahmers more notorious crimes include cannibalism as well as necrophilia. Dahmer was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, and psychotic disorder. Now, there was a lot wrong with Dahmer and he did many horrific crimes, but let's go back to the start of everything to try and figure out why Dahmer became the way he did.
All of Dahmers known victims were: Steven Hicks, Steven Tuomi, James Doxtator, Richard Guerrero, Anthony Sears, Raymond Smith, Edward Smith, Ernest Miller, David Thomas, Curtis Straughter, Errol Lindsey, Tony Hughes, Konerak Sinthasomphone, Matt Turner, Jeremiah Weinberger, Oliver Lacy, and Joseph Bradehoft. I will go into details on Dahmers first five murders, and his final murder throughout our discoveries of Dahmers life.
Throughout Dahmers childhood, he was greatly neglected by his parents as well as being a very reserved child. Dahmers mother was ill, and his father was busy either working or spending time with his wife, so this led Dahmer to being on his own a lot which explains the neglect and being reserved. One of Dahmers hobbies as a child was collecting insects and putting them in jars. He also enjoyed picking up dead carcasses of animals he found on the side of the road and dismembering them. Dahmer also had a huge fascination with bones since the age of four. What started his fascination was when his father found a dead animal under their house and removed it. Dahmers father placed the animal bones in a bag and carried them away from the house. The bones were clinking together, and Dahmer was intrigued by their nose.
At a young age, Dahmer was fascinated with the preservation of animal bones. His father was a science teacher, so he knew about bone preservation. When Dahmer was eight-years-old, after eating chicken for dinner, he asked his father about how to preserve bones with bleach. His father took it as Dahmer having an interest in science, and showed him how to do it. This procedure would later be used to preserve the bones of other animals, as well as humans.
By the time Dahmer hit puberty, he found out he was gay. This is one strong reason why when he committed his murders it was on men and boys. At the age of fourteen when Dahmer was in high school, he was an alcoholic. He would bring alcohol to school and drink it. When asked he would say it was his medicine. Overall for Dahmer in his high school years, he kept to himself and was looked at as an intelligent student that made average grades. Besides the fact that he was drinking, nothing seemed completely out of the ordinary. It was a few weeks after Dahmer graduated from high school that his first murder took place.
Three weeks after Dahmer graduated high school, he picked up a hitch-hiker by the name of Steven Mark Hicks. Dahmer brought Hicks to his house and offered him alcohol. The two of them drank alcohol and got along fine. However, when Hicks asked to leave that's when Dahmer didn't seem to agree. Dahmers response to Hicks wanting to leave was hitting Hicks repeatedly with a ten pound dumbbell. Dahmer then proceeded to strangle Hicks to death. Once Hicks was dead, Dahmer stripped down naked and masturbated over Hicks' dead body. The next day Dahmer dissected Hicks' body and then placed it in a crawl space. After that he buried the remains in his backyard. Then after that, Dahmer decided to dig up the remains, burn the flesh off of them with acid and then flushed the solution down the toilet. After that, Dahmer crushed the bones with a sledgehammer and scattered them in the woods behind his house.
Some time after the murder of Hicks, Dahmer enlisted in the U.S Army. In 1981, Dahmer left the army and went to live with his father and step mother. Dahmer was an alcoholic and unemployed. Due to Dahmers father failing him, Dahmer went to live with his grandmother whom gave him affection. From then on, Dahmer would lure his victims into his grandmothers house and would tend to drug and then strangle his victims to death.
Dahmer murdered a man by the name of Steven Tuomi in Dahmers hotel room by accidentally crushing Tuomi in his sleep. Two months after that, Dahmer lured a fourteen-year-old prostitute by the name of James Doxtator to Dahmers house where Dahmer told Doxtator he would pay him $50 to pose for nude photos. Once Doxtator got to Dahmers house, they performed sexual acts together. Dahmer then proceeded to drug Doxtator and strangle him to death.
In March of 1988 Dahmer killed 22-year-old Richard Guerrero by luring him to Dahmers grandmothers house, slipping Guerrero sleeping pills, and then strangling him with a leather strap. After Dahmer killed Guerrero, he performed oral sex on him and then dismembered his body.
In September of 1988, Dahmers grandmother kicked him out of her house for the foul smells Dahmer was creating in her basement and for bringing men to her house late at night. Dahmer then found a one-bedroom apartment where he was arrested on a couple occasions for sexually assaulting young boys. Some time after this, Dahmer moved back into his grandmother's house where he lured another victim.
On March 25, 1989 Dahmer committed his fifth murder on Anthony Sears by strangling him to death. Before Dahmer murdered Sears, they met at a gay bar where Dahmer brought Sears back to his grandmother's house. They then had oral sex and after that Dahmer drugged and strangled Sears. Dahmer then proceeded to strip the flesh from Sears body and preserved Sears' genitals and head in acetone.
Dahmers last murder was July 19, 1991 where he murdered Joseph Bradehoft who was the age of 25. Dahmer strangled Bradehoft to death and left him laying on Dahmers bed for a couple days. When Dahmer returned to Bradehoft's body, the head was covered in maggots. Dahmer then cleaned the head and stuffed it in his freezer.
Some odd, yet common things Dahmer did to his victims remains involved preserving their skulls and genitals. It was also common for Dahmer to photograph the dismemberment process of the victims' bodies. Dahmer was also notorious for drilling holes into his victims' skulls and then pouring muriatic acid into the holes. In nearly every single one of Dahmers murders, he would strangle his victims to death. It also was not uncommon for Dahmer to perform acts of necrophilia upon his victims, as well as cannibalism of the organs, muscles, and thighs.
For Dahmers trial, he was deemed sane and given sixteen life sentences. Dahmer died on November 28, 1994 at the Columbia Correctional Institution. Christopher Scarver beat Dahmer to death.
Dahmer is a more notorious serial killer, and he did some very horrendous acts that were very unusual. Some of the things Dahmer did such as pouring muriatic acid into his victims' brains were very unique and made him stand out from other serial killers. Luckily, Dahmer is gone from this world, so he can't do anymore harm to anyone. However, there are other people out there like Dahmer, and they could be around you and you don't even know it....
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