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Famous Serial Killers - Jeffery Lionel Dahmer

Updated on October 8, 2010
Jeffery Dahmer was one of the most infamous serial killers of our time.
Jeffery Dahmer was one of the most infamous serial killers of our time.
Jeffery Dahmer on the NBC Show , Dateline
Jeffery Dahmer on the NBC Show , Dateline
Christopher Scarver beat Jeffery Dahmer to death in prison.
Christopher Scarver beat Jeffery Dahmer to death in prison.

Jeffery Lionel Dahmer was one of the most horrifying notorious serial killers of our time. He was killed in prison while on a work detail on November 28th , 1994. Dahmer had been attacked by another fellow inmate in July 1994 while leaving the prison Chapel.

Jeffery Dahmer died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. He and fellow inmate Jesse Anderson had been attacked in the prison gym and were beaten by Christopher Scarver with an iron bar from a weight set. Officially Jeffery Dahmer died as the result of a serious head injury. 

And that is how the life of Jeffery Lionel Dahmer ended. But now we are going back to the beginning and take a look at the early life of Jeffery Dahmer. 

Jeffery Dahmer was born on May 21 , 1960 in West Allis Wisconsin and according to his family Jeffery Dahmer had a normal childhood up to around age 10. His parents and school records say that from age 10 - 16 Jeffery became increasingly withdrawn and he started doing bizarre acts in the neighborhood where he lived at the time with his parents in Bath Ohio. 

He started riding his bicycle around town looking for road killed animals. He would carefully remove the animals and take them home where he would dissect them and neighbors remembered he for a while had a dogs head on a stake in the back yard of his parents home.

It was also at this time that he began to drink alcohol mostly beer and he was an alcoholic by the time he graduated from high school. Dahmer attended Ohio State University for one semester but he dropped out at the end of the first semester mostly because he had remained drunk for most of that semester. His father forced him to join the Army but he was discharged after only two years mostly because of his drinking problem. After coming home he continued to drink heavily and he was finally arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct in 1981.

Then in 1982 Jeffery Dahmer moved in with his Grandmother in West Allis Wisconsin but his behavior got more wild and bizarre.  At one point his Grandmother discovered a male mannequin in his closet. Jeffery Dahmer admitted to his Grandmother that he had stolen it from a store. And on another occasion she went to  make up his bed and found a 357 fully loaded revolver under his pillow. She was also disturbed by horrible smells coming from the basement and Jeffery told his Grandmother he was dissolving dead animals to get their skeletons. Finally in 1988 his Grandmother had enough and she told him he had to move out. 

It was about this same time that Jeffery Dahmer was twice arrested for indecent exposure and then he was arrested for committing a lewd act in front of two boys.

After moving out of his Grandmothers home he found an apartment close to his job in a chocolate factory and only one day after moving into his apartment he was arrested for committing lewd acts on a 13 year old boy and he was forced to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to five years probation and one year in a work camp. Jeffery Dahmer was released two months early from the work camp and he soon had a new apartment. And soon after he began a string of murders that finally resulted in his arrest in 1991.

Jeffery Lionel Dahmer considered by many to be one of America's most notorious serial killers.
Jeffery Lionel Dahmer considered by many to be one of America's most notorious serial killers.

Jeffery Dahmer's first murder victim was a male hitchhiker named Steven Hicks that Dahmer killed while still living at his parents home in 1978. Dahmer said he had invited Hicks home with him to drink beer while his parents were away. When Hicks balked at Dahmer's homosexual advances and tried to leave Dahmer beat him to death with a barbell weight and he buried Hicks out back behind his parents home. It would be nine years before he killed his next victim but then Dahmer got started killing on a more regular basis. And he kept the skull of his 1989 victim Anthony Sears until he was finally arrested in 1991.

A younger Jeffery Dahmer.
A younger Jeffery Dahmer.

And by the summer of 1991 Jeffery Lionel Dahmer was killing about one victim a week. Residents of the Oxford Apartments where Jeffery Dahmer lived had quite often complained of the noises and smells coming from Apartment 213 where Dahmer lived.

Finally on July 22 1991 Dahmer lured another would be victim to his home named Tracy Edwards. He attempted to handcuff Edwards and could only get one hand cuffed. Even though he had a large knife Edwards fought Dahmer off and finally escaped out the front door of the apartment. Edwards flagged down two Milwaukee police officers named Robert Rauth and Rolf Mueller and they returned to Dahmers apartment with Edwards.

At first Dahmer was very friendly with the police officers but Edwards told them to check the bedroom and when they did they saw photos on the wall of murdered victims and there was a large blue drum in the room with horrible smells coming from it. Dahmer was handcuffed and placed in a squad car outside. When the police opened the refrigerator there was a mans head setting on a plate in the refrigerator.

Three more human heads and other body parts were found in the apartment along with photos of Dahmers victims before and after he had killed them. Evidence was also found where Dahmer had attempted to make human zombies by boring holes in the skulls of his victims and squirting in acid while his victims were alive.

Jeffery Lionel Dahmer finally plead guilty by reason of insanity and was sentenced to 15 life terms totaling 957 years. Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin, is where Dahmer finally ended up and it was there that he claimed he had found Jesus and that he was a born again Christian. Its interesting to note here that Christopher Scarver who beat Jeffery Dahmer to death  claimed that he was Jesus Christ.

The Oxford Apartments where Jeffery Dahmer committed most of his muders in his apartment 213 was torn down and remains an empty lot to this day. Plans to make the lot into a memorial garden for Dahmers victims just never worked out.

And how many people Jeffery Lionel Dahmer killed may never be known. Dahmer often boasted to his fellow prisoners that he had killed hundreds and got away with it. Some police agencies believe Dahmer may have killed 75 - 150. There was even at one point in time speculation that Dahmer killed Adam Walsh though it is now generally accepted that Florida Serial Killer Otis Toole killed Adam Walsh the son of America's Most Wanted TV Show John Walsh.

What do you think makes people like Jeffery Dahmer commit the crimes they do?

Please post your comments below about Jeffery Dahmer and thanks for reading my hub page.

(C) July 2010 by Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost
(C) July 2010 by Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost

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      6 years ago

      And I don't think it's some kind of female thing to fall in love with the bad guy at all.

      It's because we are so compassionate, but in a strange way, that when we look at Dahmer we put ourselves in his shoes. We can relate to the way he feels, if not the situation, and we pity him. We have felt as if we've been twisted or wrong, and unable to be understood. That is why you feel the way you do. You like him because you see something of yourself in Dahmer.

      The fact that he's attractive, polite and apologetic is just more of a reason that you relate. Outwardly, he's a normal guy, but inside, he's dying.

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      6 years ago

      jeffery dahmer yes indeed was a man with weird ways of showing some sort of love. He did not kill these men out of hate but that still disnt make it right, and I feel terrible that he died the way he did and hiw early! Jeff is still human and didn't desreve to die! I think everyone who said he was sick and needs to be beatin is rightfully wrong. saying that needs to happen Is scoping down to his level somehow! I wish he were still alive and I kniw his parents still love him and want him to be too. and for Jeffery dahmers father, it would be nice to stop hating his son bcuz I kniw he is ashamed and angry but Jeff is his own flesh and blood and still loves him and he will forever. But what I'm trying to say is don't hate him because he dosnt wanna see how bad his son did! And I kniw it will never stop but why if you hate him so much then how come you need to tell whoever is the reader is, then you must feel something about him!

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      8 years ago

      The man did it once and saw how easy it was to get away with it and repeated step one. Usually evil is the purpose of all killings, small voices from with in or some claim to be doing Gods work. Demon posession has a lot to do with emotional stress and takes control of ones mind. I pray the story Jeffery said about finding God was true, (HELL) is real and for ever once you get there.

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      sabrina askari 

      8 years ago

      I think he was sick and he should have benn electrecuted

      or hanged.

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      Thomas Byers 

      8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for all the great comments. They are appreciated. When Jeffery Dahmer's brain was checked after his death it was normal with no lesions or tumors.

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      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      I used to study these folks, until I came close to some very evil people...Good Hub. Good Writer. Peace

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      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      He is sick. Who knows what makes someone do that.

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      8 years ago from USA

      He is so sick! They should chain him to a street light in the town and let the victims family beat the shit out of him.

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      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Dohmer is one of the most chilling cases of serial murder in the annals of American crime. It just gives me the creeps that someone could do such horrible things repeatedly and stay under the police radar for so long.

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      8 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      Dahmer definitely had a bizarre psyche. I wonder if the alcoholism triggered the deviant behavior or just made it worse. He was "deranged" in the brain for sure.


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