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Jeffrey Dahmers victims: every murder in detail

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  1. Jeffrey Dahmers first murder was it an accident
  2. Jeffrey Dahmers second murder he was never charged for
  3. Jeffrey Dahmers murders of James doxtator and Richard guerrero
  4. Jeffrey Dahmers fifth and sixth murders
  5. Jeffrey Dahmers killing continues with Edward smith
  6. Jeffrey Dahmer kills 11 men then eats them
  7. When Jeffrey Dahmer should of been caught but wasn’t
  8. Dahmers last four victims – Jeffrey Dahmers final murder
  9. Jeffrey Dahmers house of horror – police finally arrest Dahmer
  10. Jeffrey Dahmers unbelievable confession you need to read
  11. This is how Jeffrey Dahmers murder trial went
  12. Jeffrey Dahmer goes to prison – Dahmers murder
  13. This is the aftermath of Jeffrey Dahmer – what happened after Dahmer Died

 

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Jeffrey Dahmers life and death

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Jeffrey dahmer aged 4

Jeffrey dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee cannibal or the Milwaukee monster. Was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA on May 21st 1960. He became, one of the worlds worst serial killers and sex offenders of all time. Dahmer killed 17 men and children between 1978 – 1991, before being beaten to death by a fellow inmate in 1994.

The murders involved rape, dismemberment, necrophilia, cannibalism and the permanent preservation of body parts. Usually all or part of the skeleton.

“the objective wasn’t to kill but to have complete control over another person, not having to consider their wishes…being able to keep them there, as long as I wanted” 

Dahmer, 1994

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Jeffrey Dahmers first murder

Steven Mark Hicks

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Dahmers first murder came in June 1978, when he picked up a young hitchhiker, 18yr old, Steven Mark Hicks.

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The two went back to Dahmers House to drink and listen to music. Everything was going fine until Steven wanted to leave. Dahmer didn’t want Hicks to leave, so he struck him twice from behind with a 10lb dumbell. In a desperate attempt at keeping him there.

However, when Hicks fell unconscious and hadn’t died, Dahmer then strangled him to death with the bar of the dumbell.

Once Hicks was dead Dahmer removed the clothes from Hicks, stood over his dead body and masturbated. The next day in Dahmers basement, he dissected the corpse and buried the remains in his back garden.

But, to hide the evidence of the murder even more. A few weeks later he dug up Hicks’ remains and separated the flesh from the bones. Then dissolved the flesh in acid and flushed it down the toilet. While smashing the bones with a sledgehammer into dust and scattering them in nearby woodlands.

University

Jeffrey Dahmers second murder, University photo

Six weeks after the murder, Dahmer enrolled in the Ohio state University. Where he hoped to major in business, but because of his excessive drinking. A way Dahmer said “drowned out the strong urges to kill again”. His university time was short lived and mostly unproductive.

He was known as the crazy, weird but fun guy. With the term “pulling a Dahmer” being used when someone does something bizzare.

When his father Lionel made a surprise visit to the dorm, he found his sons room littered in empty alcohol cans and bottles. Dahmer ended up dropping out of university after just 3 months of his second term and enlisted in the U.S Army in 1979, under the pressure of his worried Father.

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Army life

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Jeffrey Dahmer 1979 combat medic

While in the army Dahmer trained as a medic and in 1979 was stationed in West Germany as a combat medic. In his first year he was reported to be an “average or slightly above average soldier”.

However, two soldiers later came forward in 2010 with rape allegations named Billy Capshaw and Preston Davis. One former soldier reports, he was repeatedly raped by Dahmer. Over a 17 month period while they were both stationed in West Germany. The second claims to have been drugged and raped on one occasion.

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Billy Capshaw and Preston Davis

In 1981 because of Dahmers non stop drinking, he was released from the army and received an honourable discharge. Deemed safe for civilian life and unaffected by his time spent in service.

After the army

Once debriefed, Dahmer was given a plane ticket, which he could use to travel anywhere in the country. He chose to go to Miami, because it was warm and he couldn’t face his father.

Now living by his own means, he got a job in a delicatessen and rented a room in a motel. Again, his drinking got the better of him and his pay cheques were going on alcohol, so he was evicted from the motel due to lack of payment.

Eventually, after failing to live by his own means. He was forced to contact his father and return home in the same year of 1981.

Back home

2 weeks after returning home and living with his father, Dahmer was arrested for being drunk and disorderly. Fined $60 and received a suspended 10 day jail sentence. his father had finally had enough and towards the end of 1981, sent him to live with his grandmother.

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Jeffrey Dahmers grandmothers house

While living with his grandmother, his father hoped Dahmer would change his ways. As he looked up to her and wouldn’t want to dissapoint his her. The plan worked for a while, he would go to church and help out his grandmother and eventually got a job.

However, he was still drinking but hiding it better. and in mid 1982 he was arrested for indecent exposure to 25 women and children and fined $50. Then after just 10 months, he was sacked from his job.

Jump forward to 1985, after living off his grandmother for a couple of years. He got a job as a mixer at the ambrosia chocolate factory, working the night shift.

Stirring

Not long after getting his new job, while reading in a local library. Dahmer was thrown a note, from another man, offering to perform oral sex on him. He declined the offer, but this started to stir up his twisted fantasies of control and dominance.

Then started visiting the gay bars and Bath houses in the area. Once he also stole a male mannequin, which he used for sexual pleasure. The mannequin, somewhat, full filed his need to be in total control of another “person”. Until his grandmother found it and told him to get rid.

Dahmer then started visiting the bathhouses on a regular basis, using it as a place to pick up guys for gay sex. During the sex however, he became annoyed that his partners would move. So he started drugging them, liquor laced with sedatives was his preferred way. Then he would rape their unconscious bodies. Which eventually got him banned from the bathhouses and ended his supply of gay men.

Urges

Not long after being banned from the bathhouses, his sexual desires were obviously at an extremely high point. But with his supply of men being cut, he decided it would be a good idea to dig up a recently buried 18 year old man, take the corpse home and have sex with it. He had read about the funeral in a newspaper, and one night shortly after went to the cemetery to dig the coffin up, but found the soil was too hard. So he eventually gave up on the idea.

In 1986 he was again arrested for indecent exposure, after masturbating in front of two 12 year old boys. However, the charge was changed to disorderly conduct, after Dahmer changed his story. He was sentenced to one year probation in 1987, with instructions to undergo counselling.

Accidental murder

Steven Tuomi

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Steven Tuomi 1962-1987

While living with his grandmother in 1987, Dahmer rented out a room in a hotel for a night. With the intention to take a man back from a local gay bar, drug him and rape him as he lay unconscious.

Which he did with a 25 year old man named Steven tuomi. Dahmer claims he never intended to kill steven but the following morning, when he woke up, he found Steven laying underneath him. With his chest crushed in, his body covered in bruises and blood coming out of his mouth. Dahmer also had extreme bruising on his fists and forearms but had no memory of killing Steven. 

He was then faced with having to dispose of the body, so he bought a suitcase to put the corpse in and left the hotel unnoticed. He took the body to his grandmothers house and one week later severed the limbs and head from the torso. Again taking the flesh from the bones. This time however, he put the flesh into binbags and smashed the bones covered in a sheet with a sledgehammer, then disposed of the evidence in the bin.

Except for the severed head. Which he kept for about 2 weeks wrapped in a blanket. Untill, he decided to boil the head in bleach and other substances, to preserve the skull and keep Steven with him. He would then use the skull as a stimulus for masturbation, but because of the method used in the boiling. The skull became too brittle, so he destroyed and disposed of it.

Full on serial killer

Following the murder of Steven Tuomi is when Dahmer’s inner demons were let loose. He started actively looking for victims, usually in gay bars or in and around those areas.

James Doxtator

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James doxtator

Two months after killing and disposing of Steven, Dahmer found a 14 year old prostitute called James Doxtator.

Dahmer offered James $50 in exchange for him posing in nude photos. Which James accepted, and accompanied Dahmer back to his grandmother’s house. Where they had sex before Dahmer drugged and strangled the young boy to death.

After leaving the body in the cellar for one week. He began the dismemberment and disposal method used with his last victim. Again keeping and boiling the head, Untill, as before, it became too brittle and needed disposing of.

Richard Guerrero

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Richard guerrero 1965-1988

Dahmer found 22 year old Richard outside the local gay bars in March 1988, a possible prostitute. This time Dahmer offered $50 in exchange to simply spend the rest of night with him.

But, when they got to Dahmer’s residence, he drugged and strangled richard with a leather belt. Killing him and performing oral sex on the corpse.

Within 24 hours, the body was dismembered and disposed of in the bin. except for the head, which again was boiled, bleached and ultimately destroyed.

Close call, now move out

One month later in April, Dahmer lured another victim back to his grandmother’s house. After drugging the victim, Dahmer became suspicious that his grandmother knew he wasn’t alone. So instead of killing him, he waited until the man was fully unconscious and dropped him off at the local hospital.

Later that year in September. due to Dahmer constantly bringing men back for sex and the weird smells coming from his room. His grandmother asked him to leave the house and get his own place.

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Later that month Dahmer moved into his new flat. And the very next day, He lured a 13 year old boy back to the flat to take naked pictures. He didn’t kill the boy but sexually fondled him and was arrested. Subsequently being convicted of 2nd degree sexual assault and enticing a child for immoral purposes. Sentencing for the assault was suspended until May, during that time in March he moved back to live with his grandmother.

Anthony Sears

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Anthony Sears 1965-1989

In March 1989, Dahmer met his next victim, Anthony Sears, in a gay bar close to closing time. Dahmer says, on that night he wasn’t looking to commit a crime but that “he just started talking to me”.

Dahmer lured Anthony back to his grandmother’s house and they had oral sex. After that dahmer drugged and strangled Anthony. The next day Dahmer put the corpse into the bathtub. decapitated it and then proceeded to skin the corpse. Removing all the flesh from the body and destroying the bones, then disposing of it all in the bin.

On this occasion though he kept the head and genitalia, preserving them in acetone. He even took them with him when he moved house a year later. 

In May 1989, he was sentenced to five years probation, one year in the House of correction with work release and required to register as a sex offender.

Jeffrey Dahmers letter of appeal for early release
Jeffrey Dahmers letter of appeal for early release

He was released on parole two months before his scheduled date and began his five years probation. After being released, he temporarily moved back in with his grandmother, before moving into his own flat in May 1990.

New home, new Dahmer

Well not quite, one week after moving house and taking Anthony Sears’ mummified remains with him, he had killed his sixth victim.

Raymond smith

Raymond smith, Jeffrey dahmer victim
Raymond smith

32 year old male prostitute Raymond Smith, went back to Dahmers’ flat for sex at a price of $50. Dahmer then gave Raymond a drink laced with 7 sleeping pills and manually strangled him.

After purchasing a Polaroid camera the next day, Dahmer took pictures of the corpse in sexual positions. When he was done, he then put the body in the bathtub. dismembered the limbs and head from the torso and began to boil the legs, arms and genitalia in a steel kettle with soilex. So he could easily remove the flesh from the bones in his sink.

He then dissolved the skeleton in a tub of acid, keeping the skull. Which he spary painted and kept in a metal filing cabinet, on a black towel, next to the mummified skull of Anthony Sears.

One week later, Dahmer lured another potential victim back to his flat. But he accidently mixed up the drinks and ended up druging himself. When he woke up, he discovered his potential victim had stolen $300, various items of clothes and a watch. Dahmer later reported that he had been robbed to his parole officer.

Edward Smith

Edward smith 1963-1990
Edward smith 1963-1990

An aqcuaitance of Dahmer named Edward Smith, was drugged and strangled in June 1990. However on this occasion, to try and better preserve the skull. After removing the flesh from the skeleton, Dahmer decided he would try to freeze the remains for several months. The freezing didn’t have the desired effect and the skeleton, but not the skull, was dissolved in acid.

Dahmer tried to dry the skull by placing it in the oven but this would unknowingly make the skull explode, destroying every last part of Edward Smith. Later speaking to the police he would explain how he felt “rotten” not being able to keep any of Edwards remains.

“It was my way of remembering their appearance, their physical beauty. I also wanted to keep them… if I couldn’t keep them there with me whole, I at least could keep their skeletons.” 
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Ernest miller

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Ernest miller 1967-1990

Three months later Dahmer met 22 year old Ernest Miller. Who he paid $50 to accompany him back to his flat and listen to his stomach and heart. When Dahmer tried to perform oral sex, Ernest replied” that will cost you extra”.

So, Dahmer then gave Ernest a drink laced with sleeping pills, however at the time he only had two pills left. Which obviously isn’t enough to put a man to sleep, therefore he killed Ernest by slashing his kneck. With the same knife he used to dismember and dissect his previous victims corpses’.

After a few minutes, when Ernest had bled to death. Dahmer then put the corpse in the bathtub and began to dismember the body, while kissing and talking to the severed head.

He then put the heart, biceps, flesh and head into his fridge for later consumption. While boiling the rest, into a jelly like substance using soilex. Again to easily remove the flesh from the bones.

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This time he wanted to try a different way to preserve the skeleton. He soaked the bones in a light bleach for 24 hours and left them to dry for a week on a cloth. Removing the severed head from the fridge, he stripped the flesh from the skull and proceeded to paint it and coat with enamel.

David Thomas

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David thomas 1967-1990

Three weeks after killing, dissecting and painting Ernest. He met David Thomas at a shopping mall, who he persuaded to go back to his flat for drinks. With additional money if he would pose naked for photographs.

In a later statement to the police after his arrest, Dahmer said he wasn’t attracted to David. But was afraid he would awake from the drug laden drink angry. So, he strangled him and dismembered the body, purposely not retaining any of the remains. Dahmer did however take Polaroids of the dismemberment process and kept them instead.

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Dry spell

Over the next five months between October 1990 and February 1991. Dahmer had at least five, unsuccessful attempts, at lurring men back to his flat. Which led to him confiding in his probation officer of suicidal thoughts and loneliness. During this time he began plans to build an altar, made from the skulls and skeletons of his victims.

Curtis Straughter

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Curtis straughter 1973-1991

After watching 17 year old Curtis Straughter, standing at a bus stop in February 1991.he approached him and successfully lured him back to his flat, with the promise of money in exchange for nude photos and sex.

Dahmer drugged, then strangled Curtis with a leather strap. Again dismembering the body in the bathtub, while photographing the process. Keeping the hands, genitals and skull.

Dismembered head, hands and penis

Errol Lindsey

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Errol lindsay 1972-1991

Two months later in April, Dahmer met Errol lindsey, who was on his way to get a key cut. He pursuaded Errol to return back to his flat. Where he gave him the drug laced drink but this time, while Errol was unconscious. He drilled a hole into his head and poured hydrochloric acid into his skull. In an experiment to render his victim to a permanent, submissive zombie like state.

However, when Errol awoke, he spoke and said “I have a headache, what time is it?”. In response Dahmer drugged him again and strangled him. He then decapitated the body keeping the skull. He also skinned the flesh from the corpse carefully, placing it in a solution of water and salt for several weeks. In the hope, that it would preserve the skin for him to keep but it became frayed and brittle, so Dahmer reluctantly had to dispose of it.

Fishy complaints

Jeffrey Dahmers living room

Some time during 1991, Dahmers fellow apartment block residents started complaining to the manager. That there was a foul oddur emanating from Dahmers flat and could occasionally hear a chainsaw and loud banging. When the manager contacted Dahmer about the complaints, he blamed his fridge. Saying it had broken down and the food had become “spoiled”. On another occasion he said it was his tropical fish, that had recently died and he would take care of the problem.

Anthony ‘Tony’ Hughes

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Anthony Hughes 1959-1991

Being both deaf and mute, Anthony would not be what many people think of when they consider a Dahmer victim.

however you could not be further wrong, Anthony and Dahmer knew each other for a few weeks prior to his death. Dahmer would later go on to say that he and Anthony were in a relationship and what they had together, “was the closest he could of ever felt to another person” .

In May, 1991 Dahmer and Anthony met up as normal however Dahmer had grown paranoid, thinking Anthony was going to leave him.

He was very fond of Anthony and was not prepared to let him go, so when Anthony went to leave to go home. Dahmer gave him one final drink laced with sleeping pills.

“I wish I’d waited to see if he would come back.” 

Dahmer did not want to “loose” Anthony. So decided it was time for a new experiment. Whilst Anthony was unconscious, Dahmer drilled a hole into his skull and this time injected the acid into the cranial cavity.

Sadly Hughes would never wake up from this. So to finally seal the deal, Dahmer then strangled Anthony. After leaving the body in his bedroom for a few days, Dahmer would later dissolve the corpse, in his barrel of acid. Along with his next victim, who Dahmer believes saw Tony’s dead body, shortly before his own death. 

Konerak Sinthasomphone

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Konerak sinthasomphone 1976-1991

The 14 year old, younger brother of the 12 year old boy, Dahmer had molested in 1988. Crossed paths with Dahmer in May 1991. When he was offered money to accompany Dahmer back to his flat and have pictures of him taken naked.

At first Konerak was reluctant, but later changed his mind and went with Dahmer. Where he posed for two pictures in his underwear, before being drugged and falling unconscious.

Dahmer performed oral sex on the boy and again, tried his failed experiment of drilling a hole into the skull and pouring hydrochloric acid into the frontal lobe. He then took the boy into his bedroom, where lay naked the dead body of 31 year old Tony Hughes, who Dahmer had killed three days earlier.

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According to Dahmer, he believed the boy saw the body. But didnt react due to the drugs and acid. He then lay next to the unconscious Konerak drinking a few beers, before going to a bar to continue.

When on his way home with more beers in hand. Dahmer noticed Konerak sitting on the corner at the Roadside of his apartment block, talking in Lao, with three concerned young women standing around him.

Dahmer approached the trio and explained that Konerak was his friend. And started leading him off by the arm back to his flat. The three women dissuaded Dahmer and said they had already phoned the police.

This should of been the end

When the police arrived Dahmer told them that Konerak was his 19 year old drunk boyfriend, and they’d had an argument. He explained that Konerak often walked out and started a scene when he was intoxicated and that there was nothing more to it.

Meanwhile the three women were trying to draw the attention of the police to Koneraks bleeding buttocks. And that he had struggled against Dahmers attempt to lead him back to his flat. The officers harshly told the women to “butt out” “shut the hell up” and “mind their own business” as the incident was “domestic”.

The officers then wrapped Konerak in a towel and escorted him back to Dahmers flat. Where Dahmer attempted to verify their love, by showing the officers the two Polaroid pictures, taken the evening before.

When one officer commented on the foul oddur emanating from the flat, Dahmer invited the officer in to investigate. While investigating, the officer peeked his head into the bedroom and didn’t really take a good look. If he had of done he would of seen the corpse of Tony Hughes.

Satisfied that all was well, the two offers left, telling Dahmer to “take good care” of Konerak. After the officers left dahmer then drugged and injected more acid into his skull, which was fatal and killed Konerak.

The next day spent by Dahmer was devoted to dismembering and disposing of the two corpses. While retaining the skulls, to add to his collection.

Matt Turner

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Matt Turner 1970-1991

The next month in June 1991,Dahmer travel to Chicago. Where he met 20 year old Matt Turner at a bus stop. Dahmer explained to Matt that he was a professional photographer and should travel to Milwaukee for a photo shoot.

Accepting the offer. Matt visited Dahmer at his flat in Milwaukee, expecting a photo shoot but instead he was drugged, strangled and dismembered.

Dahmer put the internal organs, genitalia and head into separate bags then placed them in the freezer for later consumption.

Jeremiah Weinberger

Jeremiah Weinberger
Jeremiah Weinberger 1967-1991

Five days after meeting Matt Turner, Dahmer encountered 23 year old Jeremiah Weinberger, in a bar while still in Chicago.

Dahmer pursuaded Jermiah to return with him back to Milwaukee, promising to spend the weekend together. Which they did, having a good time. Jeremiah decided it was time to leave after after a couple days but Dahmer didn’t want him to go.

So, Dahmer offered him one more drink before he left. Which was drugged in the usual way, once the 23 year old was unconscious Dahmer drilled a hole into his skull. But this time he tried a new method, by injecting boiling water into the cavity.

Surprisingly Jeremiah woke up soon after, so Dahmer once again drugged and injected boiling water into the brain. Which sent Jeremiah into coma, Dahmers new method had worked, to some extent, but two days later Jeremiah died.

Dahmer then dismembered the corpse, taking pictures of the process. Like the last victim, his head and organs went into the freezer and his body into the acid.

Oliver Lacy

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Oliver lacy 1967-1991

In July 1991 Dahmer met 24 year old Oliver Lacy, who was standing by a street corner. After a brief discussion, Oliver was lured back to Dahmers flat, on the promise of money for nude photos.

After a long period of sexual activity, Dahmer drugged Oliver but on this occasion he wanted to try a prolong the time his victim was alive. With unsuccessful attempts at doing this, using chloroform. Dahmer phoned his workplace requesting a day off, which was granted. He then killed Oliver by strangulation.

After killing Oliver, Dahmer then had anal sex with the corpse. After this he took more photos of the body, in various positions that he wasn’t able to do before killing him.

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During the dismemberment process the bicep was fried on a skillet and partially eaten. which Dahmer said “tasted like beef”. The heart was preserved in a freezer for later consumption.

The severed head was placed in a refrigerator, found by the police on the day of his arrest.

Joseph Bradehoft

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Joseph bradehoft 1966-1991

Four days after initially being granted a day off from work, Dahmer was later fired. He then started watching exorcist 3 continuously before finding his 17th and final victim, 25 year old Joseph Bradehoft.

Finding Joseph at a bus stop, with a crate of beers under his arm was too appealing for Dahmer to ignore. Joseph was lured back to Dahmers flat, under the usual lie of money for photos.

Joseph was killed by strangulation after being drugged by Dahmer. Once Joseph was dead, Dahmer dismembered the body but not all of it, leaving the head in place. He then put the deceased body of Joseph on his bed, with a sheet covering it and left it for two days.

After Two days, Dahmer removed the sheets and he discovered the head was already rotting with maggots. He then severed the head from the body, cleaned it and put it in the fridge.

Disposing of the torso in the acid tank, which still held the remains of  two recent victims.

Tracy Edwards

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Tracy edwards

Ironically, the one that escaped death, was arrested 20 years later for murder charges of his own.

This story doesn’t end in tragedy, although Dahmer would probably have argued that it does, at least for him anyway.

The day after killing Joseph in 1991. Dahmer approached three men offering them $100 if they would go with him to his flat. For beers, company and naked photos. Only one of the three men accepted the offer 32 year old, Tracy Edwards.

When Tracy first entered the flat he couldn’t help but notice the foul oddur and many containers of hydrochloric acid. Which Dahmer said was there due to him cleaning bricks.

The two had short meaningless conversation, before Dahmer asked Tracy to “look at my tropical fish”. When Tracy turned his head to get a look, Dahmer slapped a pair of handcuffs on one of Tracy’s wrists.

Tracy, confused asked “what’s happening? ” as Dahmer unsuccessfully, attempted to cuff both his wrists together. Dahmer then asked Tracy to the bedroom, to take naked pictures.

Upon entering the bedroom, Tracy noticed posters of naked men on the walls and the T.V was playing exorcist 3. He also saw a blue, 57 gallon drum in the corner of the bedroom, which had the same foul oddur that he had noticed earlier.

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Dahmer then pulled out a knife, the same one used to carve his previous victims. And told Tracy that he intended to take naked photos of him. To play along with Dahmer, Tracy started to unbutton his shirt. He said he would continue if Dahmer would put the knife away and remove the handcuff.

Dahmer then turned his attention to the T.V and started slowly rocking back and fourth,  muttering a chant.

Dahmer focused back on Tracy. Placing his head onto Tracys chest and while listening to his heartbeat, With the knife pressing against the intended victim, he said that he was going to eat his heart.

In a panic, Tracy kept telling Dahmer “I’m your friend, you dont need to do this. I’m not going to run away”. While having every intention of escaping through a window, or the unlocked front door, at the first possible opportunity.

Gaining some trust from Dahmer. When Tracy used the toilet he asked if they could move into the living room for beers, where there was air conditioning.

Dahmer agreed to the request and they moved into the living room. Planning his escape, Tracy was keeping a close eye on Dahmer, waiting for him to have a momentary lapse of concentration.

Dahmers finally arrested

As soon as Tracy saw his window of opportunity, he asked to use the toilet again and when he stood up from the couch. -Making sure Dahmer didn’t have anymore handcuffs in hand-  punched Dahmer in the face and ran straight for the unlocked front door.

After the five hour, terryfying ordeal. At 11:30pm Tracy had finally escaped, luckily for Tracy there was two police officers on the corner of the street named Rolf Mueller and Robert Rauth. He immediately ran towards them, flagging them down, in an hysterical panic.

Noticing the handcuffs, the police officers asked about them. Tracy started explaining the story, saying some “freak” had attacked him and kept him hostage for five hours.

The officers tried their keys to get the handcuff off, but their keys weren’t a match. Meaning they weren’t police issue handcuffs, this added some credibility to Tracy’s elaborate story. So the officers went with Tracy back to Dahmers property.

Arriving at the property, Dahmer welcomed the trio inside and confirmed, he was the one that placed the handcuff on Tracy’s wrist.

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Tracy suddenly shouted “the knifes in the bedroom, he pulled it out on me in there”. Dahmer didn’t respond to this comment. Instead he told officer Mueller, that the key to the handcuffs were in a draw in the bedroom. As Mueller went to retrieve the key, Dahmer attempted to put himself in front, to get the key himself. Officer Rauth then told Dahmer to “back off”.

While in the bedroom, Mueller noted that there was indeed a knife below the bed, he also saw an open draw. When he looked through the draw for the key, he found Polaroid pictures. Which were of human bodies, all in different stages of dismemberment. To his shock, he also noticed that the room he was standing in, was the same room as the pictures. Mueller then took the pictures to show rauth, uttering “these are for real”.

Dahmers polaroids

Dahmer saw that the officers had his Polaroid pictures and started to fight them, in an attempt to escape. However the two officers quickly overpowered him, Cuffed his hands behind his back and called in for backup. At this point Mueller opened the refrigerator and found the severed head of a black male on the bottom shelf. Dahmer pinned to floor by Rauth, then turned his head to look at the officers and said. “for what I did, I should be dead”. 

Severed heads in Jeffrey Dahmers

Dahmers house of horror

Plan of the apartment

Upon Dahmers arrest, a more detailed search of the apartment, conducted by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Revealed the true house of horrors, which Dahmer had created.

The kitchen appliances used

The Bureau found, a total of four severed heads in Dahmer’s kitchen. A total of seven skulls. Some painted and some bleached were found in Dahmer’s bedroom and inside a closet. In addition, investigators discovered, collected blood drippings on a tray at the bottom of Dahmer’s refrigerator. Plus two human hearts and a portion of arm muscle. each wrapped inside plastic bags upon the shelves. In Dahmer’s freezer, investigators discovered an entire torso, plus a bag of human organs and flesh stuck to the ice at the bottom.

Evidence from Dahmers apartment

In more parts of the flat, investigators found two complete skeletons, a pair of severed hands. Two severed and preserved penises, a mummified scalp and inside the 57 gallon drum. They found a further three torsos, dissolving in the acid solution. Last but not least, a total of 74 Polaroid pictures, documenting the dismemberment of the body parts found.

“It was more like dismantling someone’s museum than an actual crime scene.”

Chief medical examiner

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Dahmers confession

Beginning in the early hours of July 23, 1991. Dahmer was questioned by Detective Patrick Kennedy about the murders he had committed and the evidence found at his apartment. Over the following two weeks, Kennedy and, later, Detective Patrick Murphy conducted numerous interviews with Dahmer. Which combined to a total of 60 hours. Dahmer waived his right to lawyer throughout the interrogation, adding.

“I created this horror and it only makes sense I put an end to it.” 

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Dahmer confessed to all 17 murders, admitting that he mostly rendered his victims unconscious, before killing them. He also let them know that, some had died from the effects of boiling water or acid injected into their brain.

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With no memory of killing Tuomi, he couldn’t  say if Tuomi was unconscious or not when beaten to death. Dahmer did conclude from the bruising to Tuomis chest however. That there was a good chance he had tried to rip Tuomis heart out after killing him. Almost all the murders Dahmer committed after moving into his flat had involved a ritual of posing the victims’ bodies in suggestive positions. Typically with the chest thrust outwards, prior to dismemberment.

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Dahmer admitted to performing necrophilia with several of his victims’ bodies. Including performing sexual acts with the heads, as he dismembered their bodies in his bathtub. Having noted that much of the blood pooled inside his victims’ chest after death. He explained, he would first remove their internal organs, then suspended the torso so the blood drained into his bathtub. Before dicing any organs he did not wish to retain and stripping the flesh from the body.

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The bones he wished to dispose of were pulverized or acidified, with the Soilex and bleach solutions used to aid in the preservation of the skeletons and skulls he wished to keep. In addition, he confessed to having consumed the hearts, livers, biceps, and portions of thighs of several victims he killed within the previous year.

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Describing the increase in his rate of killing in the two months prior to his arrest, he stated he had been “completely swept along” with his compulsion to kill, adding.

“It was an incessant and never-ending desire to be with someone at whatever cost. Someone good looking, really nice looking. It just filled my thoughts all day long.”

When asked as to why he had preserved a total of seven skulls and the entire skeletons of two victims. Dahmer stated, he had been in the process of constructing a private altar of victims’ skulls. Which he had intended to display on the black table located in his living room. The same table he had photographed the bodies of many of his vi