READER DISCRETION ADVISED: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC CONTENT.
It was the 18th of June 1978 and Jeffrey Dahmer still had the family home to himself. With his unsavoury fantasies still running wild and little distraction to help take his mind off them it was inevitable that it wouldn’t be long before his twisted, violent desires would become a reality.
Steven Hicks was 18 years old and was hitch hiking home from seeing a band when Jeffrey pulled over and offered him a lift. The two men ended up back at Jeff’s home drinking and talking. Jeff’s imagination was by this point running wild. He continued to ply Steven with alcohol until he told Jeffrey that he was ready to leave. This angered and upset him and he protested against Steven leaving the home. When Steven Hicks insisted on going on his with journey, Jeffrey took a large barbell and hit Steven over the head several times. Once he was unconscious, Jeff strangled him to death. He then moved the body to the crawlspace of the house before using the techniques he’d learned as a youngster collecting road kill, to dismember the body, strip it off flesh and then crush the bones. He then scattered the remains on the grounds of the house. Steven Hicks’ body was never fully recovered and this was merely the start of Jeffrey Dahmer’s twisted activities.
Six weeks after Jeffrey succumbed to his urges, his father, Lionel returned to the family home to find that he had been living there alone. He encouraged Jeffrey to enrol at Ohio State University. Whilst studying at the uni, he gained poor grades and his attendance left much to be desired. He was still drinking heavily and had little interest in his education. Despite his father paying the fees for an additional term at the university, Jeffrey dropped out and returned home where he continued his downward spiral.
Lionel in seeing this, then encouraged Jeffrey to join the army. Giving in to his fathers pressure he did just this in 1979 and became a fully trained medical specialist. He enjoyed the role because of the medical side of things but again, was let down by his alcohol abuse and lack of drive. He was discharged by the army and given the choice of where he’d be sent to in order to start life as a civilian again. He decided to settle in Florida where he managed to secure a job in a sandwich shop and rent somewhere to live. The majority of Jeffs wages went on alcohol and he soon found himself unable to pay his way. He slept on the beach for a short while before calling his father to request some money. Lionel knew just what the money would be used on so instead he sent Jeff a plane ticket in order to fly him back to Ohio. Once he was home Jeffrey continued down the self destructive path and was sent to live with his Grandmother after his father felt he could no longer cope.
Living with his Grandmother seemed to initially have a positive effect on Jeffrey. He stopped drinking as much (although not all together) and was helpful around the house. He even attended church with his grandmother most Sundays. He actively tried to work on the thoughts that plagued his mind in the past and to overcome his dark fantasies that had such deadly results in the past. It seemed that he may finally be on the straight and narrow.
Three years passed without event and Jeffrey was still settled and living with his Grandmother. He worked regular hours at at sweet and desert factory and was earning steady money. One afternoon was set to change this though, and set Jeffrey on his self destructive and dangerous path once again.
Jeff was spending time in the library when a man approached him with a note that was propositioning him. He didn’t take him up on the offer but this event was a catalyst in setting off Jeff’s fantasises once again. He longed for a partner who he could take absolute control over and who would do as he pleased. This began with him stealing a shop mannequin and using that to carry out his fantasies. He would keep it hidden in his closet and take it out when he wanted to use it and this went on until his Grandmother found it and made him throw it out.
It was now the back end of 1985 and Jeffrey was frequently visiting gay bars and bathhouses where he would meet various men. This didn’t fully satisfy him however, as he disliked the way his partners would move around and be difficult to control when they were intimate. By 1986 Jeff had commenced in drugging his likely partners with a combination of sleeping pills and alcohol, waiting until they were passed out unconscious. He would then rape and abuse them. This continued until he was banned from the bathhouses due to his reputation. As 1987 approached, Jeffreys path of murder was only set to grow larger and with a particular modus operandi.
I am going to go into the details of the victims and how they met their end below. Once again, please use your discretion as some of the information I will be providing is of a graphic nature.
In November 1987 Jeffrey met 24 year old Steven Tuomi. After a night out at a bar together they headed to the Ambassador Hotel where Jeffrey was planning on his usual MO of slipping Steven sedatives and abusing him. Jeffrey claims that the next memory he has is of waking up the following morning to find Mr Tuomi dead. He had been severely beaten. Jeff would later claim that he had no memory of beating his victim but admitted that he must have done. In a panic, Jeff left Steven’s body in the hotel room and went out and purchased a large suit case. He returned to the Ambassador Hotel where he stuffed the body into the suitcase and left. This wasn’t the last of this particular murder however. Jeffrey returned to his Grandmothers house with the body, where he carried out necrophilia on it. He later dismembered it and disposed of everything but Steven’s head, which he kept in order to carry out further sexual acts. Steven Tuomi was Dahmer’s second victim and would be the catalyst to a series of depraved acts to follow.
January 1988. Jeffrey met a young 14 year old male prostitute named James Doxator. James would ply his trade outside the local gay bars, which is where he and Jeffrey met. Jeffrey offered the young man money to pose for some naked polaroids and he accepted. The pair went back to Jeffrey’s Grandmothers home where after taking the photographs of him in the basement, Jeff drugged and strangled the now sleeping James and disposed of the young mans body, keeping only his head in order to carry out the same depraved acts towards it as he had done with his previous victim.
It is now March 1988 and Jeffrey is still residing with his Grandmother and frequenting the local gay scene. It was here that he met a 25 year old man named Richard Guerrero at a night club called Club 219. The pair hit it off well and Richard consented to return home with Jeffrey. Here, the pair engaged in oral sex. Jeffrey once again drugged Richard and proceeded to strangle him. He then carried out necrophilia on the body before disposing of it.
In September 1988 Jeffrey moved out of his Grandmothers house and into an apartment located at North 24th street, Milwaukee. Here Jeffrey of course, had even more of a free reign to come and go as he pleased without having to skirt around his Grandma and her comings and goings.
Shortly after his move, Jeffrey met a 13 year old boy who he propositioned. He offered the boy money in exchange for naked photographs. Once they arrived at the apartment, Jeffrey began plying the young man with drugged alcohol before partially undressing him. He then carried out a number of sexual acts on the boy. The difference with this particular meeting is that the would be victim didn’t fall prey to the drugging and didn’t fall asleep. The boy ended up leaving the apartment and reported the incident to his parents and the police. Jeff was arrested at his workplace shortly thereafter . He was charged with second degree assault and the exploitation of a child. He pleaded not guilty and was released on bail with a trial set for the May of 1989. Shortly after this, he changed his plea to guilty.
Whilst awaiting trial, Jeffrey met 24 year old Anthony Sears at a gay bar. He again used the offer of money to take erotic photographs to get him back to his place of residence. The pair engaged in consensual sex, before Jeffrey drugged Anthony’s drink and then proceeded to strangle him to death. He then committed necrophilia on the corpse before dismembering it entirely. As with previous victims he kept the head of the man only this time he boiled it, removed the skin and painted the skull which he then kept as a souvenir along with the mans genitals.
On the 24th of May, 1989 Jeffrey was sentenced to serve 8 years in prison for the crimes carried out agains the 13 year old boy who had managed to escape him. However, Jeffrey only served 10 months before being released and moving again, this time into an apartment in a new neighbourhood.
In June, just one month after his release from prison, Jeffrey met Edward Smith at a bar. They went back to Jeff’s apartment and had sex before Jeffrey drugged and strangled Edward. His remains were placed into a vat of acid and dissolved.
Just a few weeks after killing Edward, Jeff met Raymond Smith at another gay bar. He took Raymond home to his apartment where he was drugged, strangled and dismembered. Again, Jeffrey kept his skull before dissolving the rest of the remains.
On September 9th, 1990 Dahmer claimed his eighth victim. His name was Earnest Miller. Again, Jeffrey took Earnest home with the promise of giving him $50 in exchange for nude photographs. Once at the apartment he was drugged and has his throat cut. Earnest would become the first of his victims whose body was kept by Dahmer. He used acid to strip the flesh from the skeleton before bleaching the bones and keeping in its entirety. Jeffrey also kept some of the flesh in order to cannibalise in the future. (Just when you thought he couldn’t get worse huh?)
Only a few weeks after his 8th murder, Jeffrey meets 24 year old David Thomas. He is taken back to Dahmer’s apartment where he is drugged, tortured and murdered. Jeffrey took photographs throughout the murder. He was then disposed of in the same fashion as previous victims.
February 1991. Jeffrey meets 19 year old Curtis Straughter. They engage in oral sex at Jeffrey’s apartment before Curtis was drugged and strangled. His remains, apart from his skull, were disposed of. Jeff kept the skull in his freezer.
It wasn’t long after murdering Curtis that in April, Jeffrey met 19 year old Errol Lindsey. As per his usual routine, Jeffrey invited Errol back to his apartment where he said he’d pay him to pose naked. Instead, he drugged Mr Lindsey, strangled him and then used his body to perform oral sex on. He then kept his skull and disposed of the rest of the body.
On the 24th of May 1991, Jeff was in one of the local gay bars when he came across a deaf and mute gentleman called Anthony Hughes, who was 31 years old. Jeffrey passed a note to Hughes propositioning him, again with the idea of posing nude for money. Hughes agreed and they went back to Dahmer’s apartment. Once there Jeffrey of course wasted little time in drugging the man before strangling him to death. This time, Jeffrey didn’t dispose of the body straight away. He kept the corpse around the apartment for a number of days, taking photographs of it in various positions. Eventually the body was disposed of apart from the skull which again, Jeffrey kept.
On the 27th of May 1991 fourteen year old Konerak Sinthasomphone. Again, he was taken back to Dahmers apartment where he was then drugged, assaulted repeatedly and beaten. During this attack Jeffrey fell asleep and Konerak managed to escape. Stripped naked, he ran onto the street outside where he was found beaten and bleeding by two women. He was incoherent and didn’t know where he was. The women called the police who came out to the scene, however by this point Jeffrey had realised that Konerak had escaped and was also outside on the sidewalk when the police arrived. Jeffrey convinced the police that the young boy was actually his 19 year old lover, who was drunk and had been fighting. The police then allowed Dahmer to take Konerak back to his apartment where he murdered him after carrying out various acts of torture and experiment on him. He was then disposed of in acid.
It wasn’t until July that Jeffrey would strike again. He met Matthew Turner at a gay pride parade. As with the previous victims, Matt was taken by Dahmer back to his apartment where he drugged and strangled him. His body was dismembered and then left in various places around the apartment before being disposed of in the acid drum a number of days later.
It was only around a week later that Jeremiah Weinberger met Jeff at a nightclub. Jeremiah willingly went home with Jeffrey where he spent the night. The following morning when Jeremiah told Jeffrey that he was ready to leave he was met with an angry reaction which lead to him being attacked. Jeffrey then injected boiling hot water into Jeremiah’s head in another one of his “experiments”. He would carry out these torture methods in order to try and create what he called a living zombie. He wanted a partner who he could have total control over. After a few days Jeffrey murdered Jeremiah and disposed of his body in the acid.
A number of weeks later, Jeffrey lost his job in the chocolate factory where he worked. This didn’t deter him however and soon after losing his job he met Oliver Lacy. Oliver spent some time with Jeffrey at his apartment where they consensually engaged in various sexual activities and massages. Like the men before him though, Oliver finally met his fate when he was drugged and strangled. His body was used for necrophilia before being dismembered. Jeffrey kept Lacy’s heart in the fridge where he planned on cooking and consuming it in order to make sure that the victim would “always be a part of him”.
July 19th, 1991 was set to be the day that Dahmer would claim his final victim. Joseph Bradehoft was 25 years old when he was offered money from Dahmer in exchange for once again, nude photographs. They went back to Dahmer’s apartment where they engaged in sex before Bradehoft was drugged and strangled. His head was placed in the freezer and the rest of his body was dissolved in acid.
The one that got away.
A few days after murdering Joseph, Jeffrey met a man named Tracy Edwards. The pair had got together for drinks at Jeff’s apartment and despite being straight, Tracy was still drugged with a cocktail of medication that was mixed into his drink. As Tracy became dizzy and faint, Dahmer slapped some handcuffs onto his wrist. Whilst Jeffrey was fetching a knife to continue his attack, Tracy made a break for the unlocked front door. Jeff attempted to catch him but was knocked to the floor where he hit his head. This gave Tracy the time he needed to escape onto the street where he managed to flag down a patrol car. He had escaped the clutches of Jeffrey Dahmer and had alerted the police who went on to search his apartment where the horrors of his crimes were about to be discovered.
Arrest and charges.
After his arrest, a search of Jeffrey Dahmer’s apartment was carried out and the true horror of what had gone on there was finally becoming clear. Police discovered the vat of acid in which human remains were dissolved, several heads and other body parts in the freezer and an abundance of drugs and polaroids that Jeffrey had taken in order to remember his victims.
Jeffrey admitted to his crimes and didn’t try to shift or place blame on any other person. He still however plead guilty, due to reason of insanity. In January 1992 Jeffrey Dahmer was convicted of the murders of 17 victims. He was sentenced to 941 years behind bars.
The death of Jeffrey Dahmer.
As you can imagine, Dahmer’s reputation behind bars was less than desirable. He was often flanked by guards, due to the nature of his crimes he was constantly under threat from other inmates. This was until the the 28th of November 1995 when Dahmer and two fellow inmates were left to clean the bathrooms unattended. It was here that convicted murdered Christopher Scarver severely beat Jeffrey Dahmer to death. He was 34 years old and had only served around 3 years of his life sentence.
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was now infamous .His crimes rocked the neighbourhood and as a result, the apartment block where the vast majority of his crimes was torn down.
Despite his murder, Dahmer’s reputation and heartless and torturous acts have gone on to be remembered and still remain to be documented both on television, films and podcasts, not to mention an abundance of books written about the man who would be forever known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal.”