Jeffrey Dahmer, Also known as “Milwaukee Butcher”, was one of the serial killers who marked the criminal history of the United States.
Along with other infamous criminals such as Ed Gein, Charles Manson, Dennis Rader, Ted Bundy, and John Wayne Gacy, among others, he forms what we might call “the Hall of Monsters.”
Childhood and adolescence by Jeffrey Dahmer
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was born May 21, 1960 in Milwaukee, where he grew up in a middle class family.. As a child he was characterized by being very vital and extrovert, someone who loved animals and loved to play. After three changes of address, he became a withdrawn and extremely shy person. Although they gave him a dog that he loved madly, it did not stop his process of gradually isolating from the world. To prevent him from going any further, his father encouraged him to have relationships with other children, almost forcing him to do so, as he feared little Jeffrey would develop a certain inferiority complex.
At the age of ten, her parents’ marriage slowly began to fall apart. It was not uncommon to see them arguing. Already in adolescence, when such events took place, Jeff he would leave the house and get lost in the woods. He continued to have a great passion for animals, but was more interested in how they were inside. He liked to pick up dead animals he had found run over on the road; he put them in a garbage bag, then took them to the backyard of his farm, where he dissected and boned them.
Crazy penchant for rough sex
In the midst of the development of his sexuality, Jeffrey Dahmer engaged in this type of practice, establish an association between violence and gender that marked their behavior and subsequent actions. He was drawn to men, fantasized about going to bed with them, then murdered them. Those kinds of obsessive thoughts were, in the end, the only thing that caused her sexual arousal. Dahmer was tormented by his recurring fantasies of sex and death, so in an attempt to forget them, he started drinking. Likewise, he took refuge in alcohol to escape the incessant fights of his parents.
At secondary school, he was an educated student with the teachers and fun with his classmatesSo, he acquired the fame of class clown. He took good notes when he proposed and did his homework if he was interested in the topic. However, in recent years he has withdrawn from his studies and lost interest in the promotion of social relations, which is so essential in times as volatile as adolescence. He found the perfect substitute in his sexual fantasies, in which he rejoiced more and more, until he reached a point where he was no longer just thinking of them, but needing to make them happen. .
Murders and crimes
It was right after he finished high school that Jeffrey started committing heinous crimes.
First murder, to an unprotected hitchhiker
When he finished high school, his parents divorced soon after: Lionel Dahmer rented a room in a nearby motel, and the mother moved to Wisconsin with her youngest son, David, leaving Jeff home alone. In the summer of 1978, he committed the first murder. He was driving home in his car after drinking a few beers in a bar and picked up a young hitchhiker named Steven Hicks.
Dahmer invited him over to the house to drink beer and smoke marijuana. When Hicks said he had to go, on a ramp reAhmer hit him on the head with a dumbbell and then strangled him with it. Panicked, he deposited the corpse in the basement. In the morning, he bought a hunting knife, slit open his stomach and masturbate on his viscera. After that, he tore up the body, put it in garbage bags, and loaded it into his car. On his way to a nearby dump, he was intercepted by a police patrol. Luck wanted them not to inspect the contents of the bags and only fined him for speeding. Terrified, he returned home and stuffed his bags into a large drain in the basement. Upon his return two years later, he grabbed the bones and stabbed them with a large mallet. He then scattered the remains through the weeds surrounding the house. The bracelets and the watch worn by the victim were thrown into the river.
After this first murder, he took turns because of his alcohol addiction: he tried to go to college but dropped out after failing in all of his subjects; he enlisted in the army, from which he was also expelled prematurely. In an attempt to recover, he went to live with his grandmother in a town near Milwaukee. He became a man of faith, quit drinking and seemed to put an end to his sexual urges … Until one afternoon, while in the library, a young man approached him and left him a note about offering her sexual favors in the bathroom. . Apparently, this moment was decisive in arousing the voracious appetite for wanting to submit other men to his will. Since he knew it wasn’t fair, he stole the mannequin from a store, which he was using to masturbate. But that didn’t quench the insatiable thirst.
Second murder: fatal meeting in a hotel
After no attempt to curb his impulses, one evening in 1986, in a gay bar, he meets Steven Toumi, with whom he goes to a hotel to make love. Already in the room, Dahmer knocked him out of 4 sleeping pills in the drink to knock him out. Although he always said he didn’t remember what happened, when Jeff woke up he found Toumi’s body with his head out of bed, his arms full of bruises and several broken ribs.
Faced with this scene, and without losing his cool, he went to buy a large suitcase with wheels, returned to the hotel and put his body there. He took a taxi to the basement of his grandmother’s house, where he could stay at will. The process was almost identical to the one he performed with his first victim, although this time, I boned the corpse and kept the skull as a souvenir.
Descent into hell … more and more brutal crimes
From now on, Jeffrey Dahmer finally gave in to his impulses: He went back to frequent clubs in search of men to conquer and dismember. After drugging and strangling James Doxtator (January 1988), he hid his victim’s body for a week and committed acts of necrophilia with it. Once the decomposition process accelerated and the bad smell was evident, he dismembered it.
With his fourth victim (Richard Guerrero), he acted according to the same procedure. Waiting, he left his grandmother’s house and rented a solo apartment, which accelerated the bloodbath. This spiral almost ended in early 1989, when a thirteen-year-old boy he was trying to seduce escaped his apartment and alerted the police. For this, he served a ten-month sentence for sexual assault, but his terrible secret was not revealed. Three weeks after his release from prison, he returned to Milwaukee, where he began a bloody orgy that would last a full year, until 1990. Despite his background, no one has investigated him for the missing youths who passed through town, up to a total of thirteen.
Jeffrey Dahmer he felt an urgent need to have sex with people whose wills had been canceled. To achieve this, some of his victims were still alive, he practiced cranial trepanations with a drill and then injected a mild acid into their brains in order to create a kind of zombies to control. Faced with the failure of his experiments, Jeff finished them. In a last attempt to control them, he began to eat their bodies, admitting to feeling they were becoming a permanent part of him. It also gave her sexual pleasure. Little by little the remains of corpses piled up in his apartment but, despite the bad odors that permeated the building, the neighbors were not alerted.
The discovery of horror
It was not until July 1991 that he was arrested. Thirty-one-year-old Tracy Edwards made it out of Dahmer’s apartment half-drugged and naked, but managed to stop a patrol from passing. When they searched the apartment, they found over eighty Polaroids showing bodies at different times of dismemberment, a head in the fridge and human remains in the freezer; in addition to a two hundred liter barrel full of acid that the cannibal used to destroy human remains.
Jeffrey Dahmer pleaded guilty but alleged insanity. The state of Wisconsin does not have the death penalty, so if he was found to be mentally sound he would spend the rest of his life in prison; otherwise, he would do it in an institution for the mentally ill.
The judicial process
The defense argued that Dahmer suffered from necrophilia (A suffering that also suffered from another well-known killer, Carl Tanzler), who exempted him from being legally responsible for his actions and therefore had to be imprisoned in a psychiatric ward. When it was the prosecution’s turn, its argument was that the accused had had sex with the victims while they were alive, albeit unconscious (still using a condom, for more signs); Furthermore, he kept his impulses in check, as he only committed crimes where he felt safe enough.
After deliberation by a jury of non-experts, it was concluded that in order to be diagnosed as mentally ill, Jeffrey Dahmer had to behave as such all the time, including when he was killing, which was precisely at this time that ‘it was considered sanity. He was ultimately convicted of fifteen murders and sentenced to fifteen life sentences, for a total of 937 years in prison..
Life in prison and death
He was sent to Columbia Jail, Wisconsin, where he returned to church to atone for his sins. He found an explanation for what had happened, and that the devil himself had possessed him. During his short stay, he received a visit from the sister of one of the deceased young men and gave several media interviews to recount his experience, in some of which his father was present.
In November 1994, he came to a violent end, when another prisoner who was also serving a murder sentence approached him in the prison gymnasium and hit him with a barbell until he kill him. For some it was the death that someone like Dahmer deserved, but for many others it meant the denial of the citizens’ right to have him purged for what he had done to the end of his days. .