|The Milwaukee Cannibal, The Milwaukee Monster||16-17||Male||Caucasian||USA||Stationary||Sexual, Sadistic||1960/05/21 (West Allis, Wisconsin, USA)||1994/11/28 (Portage, Wisconsin, USA; Severe head trauma)|
|Father's Story, A||Lionel Dahmer||Amazon|
|Jeffery Dahmer: A Bizarre Journey into the Mind of America's Most Tormented Serial Killer||Joel Norris||Amazon|
|Jeffrey Dahmer Story, The: An American Nightmare||Donald A. Davis||Amazon|
|Jeffrey Dahmer's Dirty Secret: The Unsolved Murder of Adam Walsh||Arthur Jay Harris||Amazon, Kindle eBook|
|Man Who Could Not Kill Enough, The: The Secret Murders of Milwaukee's Jeffrey Dahmer||Anne E. Schwartz||Amazon|
|Massacre in Milwaukee||Richard W. Jaeger and M. William Balousek||Amazon|
|My Friend Dahmer (Graphic Novel)||Derf Backderf||Amazon|
|Serial Killer's Soul, The: Jeffrey Dahmer's Cell Block Confidante Reveals All||Herman Martin and Patricia Lorenz||Amazon, Kindle eBook|
|Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer, The||Brian Masters||Amazon|
|Step into My Parlor: The Chilling Story of Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer||Edward Baumann||Amazon|
|Biography: Jeffrey Dahmer: The Monster Within||Amazon (DVD)|
|Most Evil: Deadly Desires (Episode 1x06)|
|Most Evil: Vampires/Cannibals (Episode 3x04)|
|Serial Killers, Profiling the Criminal Mind, Vol. 02: Jeffrey Dahmer||Amazon (VHS)|
|Trial of Jeffrey Dahmer, The: Serial Killer||Amazon (DVD)|
|Twisted: Jeffrey Dahmer (Episode 1x01)|
Jeffrey Dahmer was born on May 21, 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the first born child of two in his family. It is believed that Dahmer acted strangely throughout his childhood. Many of his childhood friends claimed that Dahmer had a fascination with the inner workings of animals. He would collect roadkill and strip the flesh off with acid. Unlike many serial killers, Dahmer was not known to kill or torture animals, but instead collected them after death.
At the age of 13 Dahmer began to drink alcohol and fantasize about having sexual relations with corpses. Before the age of 18 Dahmer was putting animal heads on stakes and drinking heavily. Both before and throughout his murder series Dahmer was charged for resisting arrest, having an open container, lewd behavior and disorderly conduct. The older Dahmer was, the worse his offences became.
According to records, Dahmer began his murder series in 1978, at the age of 18. All of his known victims were between the ages of 14 and 31. Most victims were African-American males, though some were Caucasian. Dahmer would usually drug or strangle his victims to death in his own apartment or his grandmother’s house. Nearly all of his victims were drugged before their murders. On some occasions, Dahmer was known to have drilled holes into his victims heads and poured acid into the holes. It is thought that this was to make his victims into living zombies. Most of his victims died during this process, but some managed to survive for days. Most of the victims were forced to have sex with Dahmer and after the murder Dahmer would continue to have sex with the bodies. Dahmer would often take pictures of the victims as he dismembered them or the decomposed. He was also known to keep some pieces of flesh from his victims to eat later. Many skulls, hands, feet were kept as totems. Dahmer admitted that he would often paint the skulls grey, so that they looked fake. He would often gather them all and masturbate in front of them.
On July 22, 1991 Dahmer was arrested when a victim, Tracy Edwards, escaped from his apartment. After police entered Dahmer’s apartment they found pictures of dismembered bodies on his bed and later found decomposing heads in the fridge. Orginally Dahmer was charged for murdering 17 people, but this was later reduced to 15 murders. On February, 15, 1992 Dahmer was found guilty of all 15 counts of murder and is sentenced to 941 years in prison. While Dahmer was serving time in prison he was murdered by Christopher Scarver on November 28, 1994.
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Jeffrey Dahmer was convicted for the murders of 15 people in the United States, though it is believed that he was involved in 17 murders. Dahmer’s murder series began when he was 18, on June 6, 1978, and continued until June 19, 1991. Dahmer was arrested on July 22, 1991…Continue reading...
Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by Brian Combs | No Comments
Last week, we looked at 4 of the 7 phases of the serial killer cycle: the aura phase, the trolling phase, the wooing phase, and the capture. This week, we look at the last three phases: the murder, the totem phase, and the depression phase. By the way, this episode…Continue reading...
Victimology by Brian Combs | 2 Comments
Tracy M. Edwards, 52, is the only victim to escape from Jeffrey Dahmer. He and a second man, Timothy Larod Carr, have been charged with “recklessly endangering safety” in the drowning death of a man last week. Drugged and handcuffed, Edwards escaped from Dahmer’s apartment in July 1991. He led…Continue reading...
Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by Brian Combs | No Comments
Last week, we began exploring a question from Lalith about why serial killers mutilate their victims in different ways. We looked at a couple of psychological motivations, as well as mutilation for forensic countermeasures and trophy hunting. This week, we continue (and conclude) this exploration. First up, cannibalism. Mentioned: Marti…Continue reading...
Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by Brian Combs | 4 Comments
Listener Lalith asks: “What is the significance of mutilation pre and post death? Why do some killers mutilate the face while others only the genitalia?” She actually asked this question intending it to be part of last week’s Questions and Answers episode, but I thought it was meaty enough for…Continue reading...
Law Enforcement by Brian Combs | No Comments
A new book claims to have definitive proof that Adam Walsh, the son of John Walsh, was killed by Ottis Toole. Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America, written by former Miami Beach Police Detective Joe Matthews, has the “proof”. When Toole was arrested in 1983, his car was…Continue reading...
Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by Brian Combs | 3 Comments
In this week’s episode, we look at what causes someone to become a serial killer. We’ll be mostly discussing psychopathic sexual murder, rather than psychotic murder. Psychopathy, also known as sociopathy or antisocial personality disorder, is a behavioral disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with abnormal immoral…Continue reading...
Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by Brian Combs | No Comments
Ronald M. Holmes and James Deburger developed a system for categorizing serial murderers in 1998. Stephan T. Holmes joined them in developing later versions. The system is now referred to as the Holmes Typology. It was based upon the analysis of case material and interviews from 110 serial murders. Their…Continue reading...
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Cartoonist and graphic novelist John Backderf was in the jury pool in Cleveland, Ohio last week. During jury selection, the judge asked: Has anyone you know ever been convicted of a crime? Backderf responded: I had a close friend in high school who killed 17 people. Jeffrey Dahmer. He was…Continue reading...
Serial Killers, Victimology by Heather Whitney | 1 Comment
Jeffrey Dahmer was charged for murdering sixteen people. We currently have information on all of his known victims and one suspected victim. Stephen Hicks Stephen, age 19, was murdered on June 6, 1978. He was hit on the back of a head with a barbell and then dismembered. Steven Tuomi…Continue reading...