Jeffrey Dahmer

Demographic Info

AKAVictimsSexEthnicityCountryTypeMotivationBirthDeath
The Milwaukee Cannibal, The Milwaukee Monster16-17MaleCaucasianUSAStationarySexual, Sadistic1960/05/21 (West Allis, Wisconsin, USA)1994/11/28 (Portage, Wisconsin, USA; Severe head trauma)

Bibliography

TitleAuthorSources
Father's Story, ALionel DahmerAmazon
Jeffery Dahmer: A Bizarre Journey into the Mind of America's Most Tormented Serial KillerJoel NorrisAmazon
Jeffrey Dahmer Story, The: An American NightmareDonald A. DavisAmazon
Jeffrey Dahmer's Dirty Secret: The Unsolved Murder of Adam WalshArthur Jay HarrisAmazon, Kindle eBook
Man Who Could Not Kill Enough, The: The Secret Murders of Milwaukee's Jeffrey DahmerAnne E. SchwartzAmazon
Massacre in MilwaukeeRichard W. Jaeger and M. William BalousekAmazon
My Friend Dahmer (Graphic Novel)Derf BackderfAmazon
Serial Killer's Soul, The: Jeffrey Dahmer's Cell Block Confidante Reveals AllHerman Martin and Patricia LorenzAmazon, Kindle eBook
Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer, TheBrian MastersAmazon
Step into My Parlor: The Chilling Story of Serial Killer Jeffrey DahmerEdward BaumannAmazon

Videography

TitleSources
Biography: Jeffrey Dahmer: The Monster WithinAmazon (DVD)
DahmerAmazon (DVD)
Most Evil: Deadly Desires (Episode 1x06)
Most Evil: Vampires/Cannibals (Episode 3x04)
Serial Killers, Profiling the Criminal Mind, Vol. 02: Jeffrey DahmerAmazon (VHS)
Trial of Jeffrey Dahmer, The: Serial KillerAmazon (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.

Blog Posts

Victim Studies 008: Jeffrey Dahmer

on January 6th, 2012 in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | 3 Comments

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…

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Episode 052: The Serial Killer Cycle, Part 2

on October 28th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 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…

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Jeffrey Dahmer Survivor Charged in Killing

on August 1st, 2011 in Victimology by | 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…

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Episode 023: Mutilation, Part 2

on April 1st, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by | 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…

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Episode 022: Mutilation, Part 1

on March 25th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by | 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…

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Does a “Luminol Negative” Prove Ottis Toole killed Adam Walsh?

on February 12th, 2011 in Law Enforcement by | 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…

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Episode 011: Nature versus Nurture – The Making of a Serial Killer

on January 7th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 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…

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Episode 005: Power/Control, Hedonistic, Mission-Oriented, Visionary

on November 26th, 2010 in Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 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…

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No Jury Duty for Friend of Jeffrey Dahmer

on November 11th, 2010 in Law Enforcement by | No Comments

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…

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Victims of Jeffrey Dahmer

on January 29th, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | 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…

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