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  • After beer number one, the teenage Jeffery  Dahmer, already a budding alcoholic,  

  • sits in his hideaway fantasizing about a male  jogger he often sees running down the street.  

  • For some strange reason, his attraction to  this fully-grown man is somehow connected to  

  • the thrill he gets from dissecting roadkillYoung Dahmer has no idea how his obsession  

  • with collecting bones and cutting apart dead  animals will be intertwined with his lust

  • He opens another beer, and then another, and so  on until he's drunk. He peers through the window  

  • of his hut. There's a blue sky above. A Blue Jay  perches on the branch of a tree and lets out its  

  • unmistakable screech. He scrunches a beer can and  opens another. “Nature”, he thinks while looking  

  • at the bird. “I must be a freak of nature.” He's aware that something could be wrong  

  • with him. He wants to kill. He knows it's not  right, but it's a feeling he can't push back

  • He gets his baseball bat and waits behind a bush  for the jogger to run down that same route again.  

  • Young Jeff doesn't know what he'll donot really. Maybe he'll knock him out,  

  • he thinks, and then keep the body. It just  so happened the man didn't jog that day

  • These were the warped thoughts of a boy that  would become known as the Milwaukee Monster,  

  • a deserving epithet if ever there was oneDahmer's atrocious crimes not only shocked  

  • a nation, but his actions have perplexed medical  science. He may have been a monster, but Dahmer  

  • was also soft-spoken, intelligent, and as strange  as it sounds, he came across as a likable guy

  • That's perhaps one reason why it took so long  to arrest him. He almost operated in full view  

  • of the cops. He was hardly a mastermind  when it came to concealing his crimes.  

  • In fact, it's as if sometimes he wanted  to be caught, and yet, it took so long

  • We might ask how the killer was caught, but in  Dahmer's case, another question needs to be asked:  

  • How didn't anyone realize he was  a distressed and messed-up kid

  • He came from a broken family, a family that was  likely a little more broken than documentary  

  • films have made out. His mother, it seemswas what you might call the overbearing type  

  • of matriarch. She was moody, often depressedargumentative, and she wanted constant attention.  

  • This kind of behavior often does not  bode well for children in a family

  • She was a wreck, and by the time Dahmer was old  enough to go to school she was spending most  

  • of her days in bed. The household wasn't much  fun at all for young Dahmer, especially since  

  • his father was away so much of the time. When  he was back, the parents argued all the time.  

  • This is something that affected Dahmer deeplymore so after his mother tried, and failed,  

  • to take her own life. By the time she was pregnant  with another child, she wasn't much better

  • So, this could have been the genesis  of a killer in the making, but then,  

  • a lot of kids grow up in chaotic households  and they end up just fine. Many serial killers  

  • experience extreme physical violence from their  parents when they are young, but with Dahmer,  

  • it was more being put on the sidelines as his  mother fell apart that seemed to bother him

  • He didn't like being abandoned, and that may  explain his utter depravity in later life.  

  • After he was arrested he always said his  parents' blustery relationship didn't make  

  • him the way he was, but it would be hard to  deny it shaped his very peculiar personality

  • His father was an analytical chemist, and  unbeknownst to him, it was teaching his son  

  • some things about science which would lead  to some of the grizzliest crimes the USA,  

  • or the world for that matter, has seen  in modern times. He taught his son how  

  • to bleach and preserve bones, something Dahmer  evidently took on board even at such a young age

  • Sometimes the two of them would look around the  garden and under the house for dead animals. When  

  • they found one, the father would show  his son how you could bleach the skin  

  • and connective tissue from an animalYoung Dahmer was obsessed with this,  

  • but not in a way his father thought. Jeff loved  the end product: a pile of shiny bones. These  

  • he and his father used to call, “fiddlesticks.” Later in life, a forensic psychiatrist named Carl  

  • Wahlstrom asked Dahmer if he ever tortured  animals as a child. Hurting defenseless  

  • animals is often said to be something serial  killers in the making do. It's about control,  

  • about living out sadistic fantasies. Dahmer told Wahlstrom a story

  • He said, when he was in grade school the  teacher asked the class to bring something in.  

  • The next day, Dahmer brought in  a tadpole. At the end of the day,  

  • the teacher gave that tadpole to another kid  in the class. Dahmer was absolutely infuriated,  

  • so much so, he went around to that kid's houseThere he saw the tadpole in an aquarium. He  

  • poured gasoline in it and set it on fire. After telling that story, Dahmer turned to  

  • the psychiatrist and said, “If you want to call  that torturing animals, I tortured animals.” 

  • His parents moved around. When they were togetherthey argued all the time. The kid got hardly any  

  • attention, less so after his brother was bornIt gave him plenty of time to think, to go out  

  • exploring the nearby woodlands. He'd find dead  animals and dissect them in his backyard shed.  

  • One time he even impaled a dog's head onstick and stuck it in the forest near his house

  • We won't get into everything here, but as his  father later admitted, there were signs that  

  • weren't seen. Dahmer was quiet, sometimes moodyHe had a shed full of animal parts. He spent much  

  • of his free time looking for roadkill. But his  parents, as consumed as they were with their  

  • own disagreements, failed to see those signsThis was a kid who likely could have been fixed,  

  • but instead, his problems were being ignored. In 1978, just a few weeks after he graduated high  

  • school, he took his first life. He was living  alone at this point in his parents' old house.  

  • He picked up a hitchhiker named Steven Hicksjust a young man himself at 18. The two went  

  • back to Dahmer's place to drink some beers. Dahmer later said that he found his new friend  

  • attractive, but when the conversation turned  to attractive girls and how to meet them,  

  • he became aware that there'd be no love for  him. For a few years, he'd known he was gay

  • When they were both drunk, and the other guy  said he wanted to leave, Dahmer went over to a  

  • set of weights. He picked up a large dumbbellwalked over to the guy who was sitting in a  

  • chair with his back to him, and he whacked him  over the head. He subsequently strangled him,  

  • stripped him, used his body for sexual  gratification, and like the dead animals  

  • he'd been so obsessed with, he dissected him. Dahmer buried the body, but a few weeks later,  

  • he dug it up. He then methodically stripped the  bones of their flesh and dissolved what he could  

  • in acid. The solution that was leftover he flushed  down the toilet. As for the bones that were left,  

  • he crushed them with a sledgehammer and  threw the fragments around a nearby forest

  • After the murder, he tried his hand at higher  education, but his persistent drinking wasn't  

  • exactly conducive to attaining good gradesHe soon dropped out and joined the United  

  • States Army just prior to his 19th birthday. We won't go into everything that happened in  

  • the army, but it's reported that he drugged and  molested soldiers while stationed in Germany.  

  • This is something that became known much laterHis drinking habits never really diminished,  

  • and by the time he was just shy of  22, he was discharged from the army

  • At this point in time, his father and step-mother  had seen how alcohol was destroying his life.  

  • That's the main reason why they sent him to live  with his grandmother in West Allis, Wisconsin.  

  • She had always had a calming effect on Dahmer and  they hoped she'd guide him out of the darkness

  • This worked to some extent, but after being  fired from a job he started drinking a lot  

  • again and acting out his fantasies. This started  by exposing himself to women and children,  

  • something he was arrested for. At age 22, he paid  $50 after being charged with indecent exposure

  • Soon after, he landed a job as a mixer at  the Milwaukee Ambrosia Chocolate Factory,  

  • but his mind was far from settled. It was at this  time he started thinking about control again,  

  • how he might enact his lurid fantasies on  someone who could not say no. At first, he stole  

  • a mannequin and used that, but his grandmother  was somewhat disturbed by the fact he had one of  

  • those things stuffed into his wardrobe. She made him throw it out, so Dahmer,  

  • even more frustrated, was now looking  for a human doll to play with

  • It was around that time he started frequenting the  local gay bars and discos, although his favorite  

  • places for finding men were bathhouses. He met  men and at times he had some good times with them,  

  • but he was never content because of the fact  they also had some control. If that's confusing,  

  • this is what he said after his arrest: “I trained myself to view people as  

  • objects of pleasure instead of as people.” His solution was to ply people with alcohol.  

  • Remember he could drink a lot, so they would  usually be the first to reach the point of  

  • passing out. He also dropped sleeping pills  into their drinks when they weren't looking.  

  • It's thought he did this at least 12 times after  meeting people in bathhouses. He would wait until  

  • they were out, and then have his way with them. These were not the murders, but the crimes were  

  • heinous in themselves. What's strange is  that Dahmer was never arrested, likely  

  • because no one pressed charges. He was, thoughbanned from the bathhouses. When he was 26,  

  • yet again he was charged with indecent exposureHe got a one-year probationary sentence for that

  • Had anyone been able to join a few dotsDahmer's actions certainly would have  

  • portrayed a man on the edge, a dangerous manBut as things went, those dots were spread far  

  • and wide and the only person that regularly  saw him was his grandmother. Nonetheless,  

  • Dahmer knew that to satisfy himself he had to take  a different course than exposing himself in public  

  • and drugging men he'd met in saunas. That's when he got the idea to go back  

  • to his old ways: How to keep the dead, to  conceal the dead, to do what he wanted to  

  • the dead. He began his killing spree. He said the first murder of this new  

  • era was an accident. That happened in 1987  when Dahmer was 27. He said he woke up in  

  • a hotel and the guy was dead beside him in  the bed with blood coming from his mouth

  • Dahmer left the hotel, got his hands on a large  suitcase, and then transported the body back to  

  • his grandma's house. There he dismembered it  and got rid of most of it. He kept the head,  

  • which he boiled so he could keep the  skull for his own sexual gratification

  • He killed again, in much the same  fashion. Drugging, strangling,  

  • and then dismembering the bodiesoften keeping  the skulls. When he was done with those skulls,  

  • he'd pulverize them with a hammer  and disperse the fragments someplace

  • Did his grandmother know  something strange was going on

  • She actually asked him to leave, not being too  fond of him always bringing men back to his room.  

  • She even complained about the foul smells in the  house, a consequence of human decay, but she never  

  • once thought her grandson was a killer. He didn't stop. He couldn't stop. He  

  • killed more and as his addiction  got worse, he took more risks

  • He later said he found his 5th victim  so attractive he kept the head intact  

  • and preserved it. He kept some of the other  body parts, too. He flayed the corpse in his  

  • grandmother's bathtub, got rid of the parts he  didn't want, and stored the rest in his room

  • In 1989, two days after his 29th birthdayhe was given five years' probation and one  

  • year in the House of Correction for  a sexual assault. He spent some time  

  • behind bars but was allowed out to work, too. Almost exactly a year after his sentencing,  

  • he returned to his grandmother's  house to pick up his things,  

  • the most valuable to him being the human remains. At his new apartment, he started again. He picked  

  • up male prostitutes. He drugged people he'd met  in bars. When they were unconscious, he strangled  

  • them. Sometimes he'd pose with the dead bodiesSometimes he'd sleep with them. Often, he'd take  

  • photos with them. One time he talked to a severed  head while dismembering other parts of the body

  • All the time this was going on, he told  his probation officer how horrible he felt.  

  • That he was lonely and depressed. That he often  thought about taking his own life. He even alluded  

  • to his depraved sexuality, but strangely, nothing  ever came of it. To most people, he seemed like a  

  • nice enough guy with a few problems on his mind. Believe it or not, residents of the apartment  

  • complex where he lived had told their landlord  they were tired of listening to all the noises  

  • coming from that one flat. They said they often  heard loud crashes, like heavy objects falling.  

  • They said the guy in there even used a chainsaw  in the middle of the night. They also couldn't  

  • stand the terrible smells issuing from that  apartment, what smelled like dead animals

  • And no one put two and two together. It was  as if Dahmer was invisible, untouchable. Then  

  • in 1991 something straight out of the  darkest kind of horror story happened

  • Dahmer had lured a teenager to his apartmentThis time, he not only subdued the guy with  

  • drinks and pills, but when the victim was almost  out he drilled a hole in his skull and injected  

  • hydrochloric acid into the hole. It was Dahmer's  belief that by putting the acid into the so-called  

  • executive suit”, the part of the brain called the  frontal cortex, he could turn him into a living  

  • zombie. He could have someone forever, but that  person wouldn't rot like all his other victims

  • He left the young man alone on the couch in his  zombified state, drank some more beers, and then  

  • went to a bar. When he returned home he hoped  hiszombiewould still be there. He wasn't.  

  • Dahmer looked for him and then saw three women  standing over him as he crouched in the street,  

  • looking awfully worse for wear. Dahmer tried to  convince the women he was the youth's friend,  

  • but they knew something was wrong. They  told Dahmer they'd called the cops

  • The police turned up quite quickly, but after  hearing Dahmer tell them he was the boyfriend  

  • of the youth they believed him, even when the  women told them Dahmer had tried to kidnap the  

  • kid and it was evident he was bleeding fromcertain orifice. A cop said to one of the women,  

  • shut the hell up.” They wrote  it down as a domestic dispute

  • As you'll see, this interaction in the street  would later cause problems for the police.  

  • This is yet another time Dahmer should  have been caught. Given his background,  

  • this was one hell of a big clue. The cops walked Dahmer and the allegedly  

  • drunk boy back up to his apartment, where  one of the police noticed a really foul odor.  

  • Little did he know that it was the decomposing  body of a previous victim. When the cops were  

  • gone, Dahmer injected more hydrochloric acid into  the head of the youth. This time it killed him

  • He killed again, and he took his trophies againWith another man, he tried injecting water into  

  • the brain. That didn't create a zombie, eitherThere were more murders, and more of Dahmer doing  

  • despicable things with body parts. At this timebits of people were piling up in that apartment

  • Police still hadn't linked any of the missing  people to Dahmer. Then he met 32-year-old  

  • Tracy Edwards. This changed everything. He lured Edwards to his apartment, too,  

  • but after struggling to get one handcuff on him  Edwards became suspicious. He noticed not only  

  • an oil drum, but a disgusting smell pervading the  place. Dahmer also had a tape of the Exorcist part  

  • III playing. Suffice to say, things didn't look  good. He knew he had to talk his way out of this

  • Dahmer then grabbed a knife. He told Edwards he  wanted to take photos with him. He put his head  

  • against Edward's chest, said something about  his heartbeat, and then in a calm tone said  

  • he was going to rip that heart out and eat it. Time passed, however, mostly because Edwards  

  • was able to keep a conversation going. When he had  his chance, he punched Dahmer in the face and made  

  • a run for it. Out in the street, naked, almost  hysterical, he jumped in front of a police car.  

  • Shouting at the cops, he said a crazed man  had threatened to kill him. He showed them  

  • the handcuffs still attached to one of his handsHe told them he'd been captive for five hours

  • This time the cops took it seriouslyThey had no idea, they couldn't have  

  • any idea, of what they were about to find. First, was a knife. Then, one of them opened a  

  • drawer and pulled out some photographs. He almost  fell back in shock. They were pictures of bodies,  

  • some dismembered, lying in certain poses. The cop  went over to his partner and said, “These are for  

  • real.” They then wrestled Dahmer onto the floorwhereupon Dahmer managed to squeeze out the words,  

  • For what I did I should be dead.” Once in  restraints, he showed them why. He opened  

  • the fridge door. Inside was a human head. Personnel from the Milwaukee County medical  

  • examiner's office were soon on the scene working  with the Milwaukee police department to photograph  

  • the apartment. They found a bunch of tools that  could be used for dismembering bodies. They also  

  • found seven skulls, some of them painted. Elsewhere there were four human heads,  

  • three partially skeletonized bodies, a human  heart, and what was described aslarge muscle  

  • filets packaged in plastic bags.” They found  little food, and so it looked to them that Dahmer  

  • had been eating the bodies. The so-called fillets  were all frozen just like little packages of pork

  • So, there were the body parts. There were the  drugs he used to sedate people. There were the  

  • photos and there were the tools Dahmer had usedForensic pathologists were soon able to say what  

  • the cause of death was with some victimsand they were able to make identifications

  • They discovered the skulls into which Dahmer had  drilled, understanding what kind of injury that  

  • had caused. At this point, no one knew  much about Dahmer, but when questioned,  

  • he told police he'd tried to createzombie  sex-slavesby lobotomizing his victims

  • He didn't deny what he'd done, and  instead gave information that helped  

  • police identify his victims. Out of  the 11 bodies found in his apartment,