Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, was commonly known as “The Milwaukee Cannibal” or “The Milwaukee Monster”. He terrorized the United States of America, between 1978-1991 as he became famous for serial killing, sexual offenses, necrophilia, and cannibalism.

Jeffrey was also diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, and psychotic disorder. He victimized an overall number of 17 men. He was repeatedly given a pass by the police considering his seemingly decent, good-looking face and behavior in front of them.

The dangerous criminal was sentenced to sixteen life sentences. He died in 1994 in the prison cell.

Who was Jeffrey Dahmer? | Early Life and Childhood

Dahmer was born on May 21, 1960, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Lionel and Joyce Dahmer. He was a very energetic child until the age of 4. After that, he was taken for surgery to correct a double hernia, and post that he was doomed, depressed, and withdrawn.

With the increasing problems between his mother and father the marriage soon ended in divorce. Due to this, he was soon disengaged, tense, and friendless in his early teens. By the time of his graduation in 1978, he had become an alcoholic. He was also the clown of his class in Reverend High School, Ohio.

Due to his actions, his father decided to send him to his grandmother and had remarried himself. After his graduation in 1979, Dahmer joined the Army and served for 3 years before being discharged for being drunk for most of the time in his barracks.

He heavily drank at his grandmother’s home too and had killed 3 people while living with his grandmother. His grandmother was so fed up with him and his habits that she threw him out, unaware of his criminal side.

Crime Spree by Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer

Dahmer started his criminal career with Stevan Hicks in June 1978 just after he graduated high school. He met his victim at a pub and brought him into his house and tried to get him drunk. However, Stevan tried to leave.

Seeing this Dahmer attacked him and strangled him to death with a barbell. He further dismembered the corpse, packed the body parts in a plastic bag, and buried them behind his grandparents’ home in the basement. Later he exhumed the remains and crushed the bones with a sledgehammer. 

In September 1987, Tuomi, a bartender, joined Jeffrey and both of them got drunk. He took Tuomi to a nearby hotel and poisoned his drink in the room. After he was dead, he performed necrophilia and later cut his body parts and picked it to the basement as usual.

However, in September 1989, Dahmer had a close shave with the police, when he tried exploiting a 13-year-old Laotian guy sexually. But he was pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault stating that the victim had appeared much older to him.

Much of Dahmer’s crime fascinations were unique. At 8 years of age, during a chicken dinner with family, Dahmer expressed a curiosity to his father about how to bleach the bones of the chicken.

His father, being a chemist, was proud of his son’s scientific curiosity. So, he showed him how to safely bleach and later preserve the bones. His father was unaware of what he started, or that the methods he taught Jeff would be used for much more sinister purposes in Dahmer’s future.

The August after his third killing, Dahmer enrolled in Ohio State University to major in business. He ended up dropping out 3 months into his first semester due to his alcoholism, and his dad encouraged him to enlist in the U.S. Army.

In 1979, Dahmer trained as a medical specialist at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas. He served as a combat medic in the 2nd Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, and the 8th infantry division in West Germany.

Two soldiers claimed to have been raped by Dahmer during his time present. However, of all things, it was his alcoholism that had him deemed unsuitable for military service and he was discharged from the army in March of 1981. Within two weeks of returning home to live with his father, Dahmer was arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct. He was also accused of exposing himself in front of children in the park.

Over the following two years, Dahmer’s victim count accelerated, bringing his total from four to 17. He developed rituals as he progressed, experimenting with chemical means of disposal and often consuming the flesh of his victims. Dahmer also attempted crude lobotomies, drilling into victims’ skulls while they were still alive and injecting them with muriatic acid.   

Modus Operandi

Dahmer’s victims, most of them were African-American. He met them at pubs, malls, and bus stops. He picked them up with promises of sex, money, and paid intimate photoshoots. After reaching his destination, which usually would be a hotel room; he mixed drugs in the victim’s drink or even directly poisoned it.

After that Dahmer strangled them to death post which he would perform sexual acts with the corpse and proceed to cut down the flesh and consume it. He preserved the bones in chemicals, the knowledge he acquired from his chemist father.

This was because he was always fascinated by the sound two bones make when hit together. The leftover flesh would be wrapped up in a plastic bag and he would throw it at his grandmother’s basement.

Sometimes along with the loose bones and skulls, he even kept their genitals preserved. He would take a polaroid snap of the corpse before dismembering to keep it as a reminder of how beautiful the victims looked, giving him some sort of victory felt.


Some of his other major victims whom he killed, performing necrophilia and cannibalism were Richard Guerrero (22 years old), Anthony Sears (24 years old), Raymond Smith (32 years old), Edward Smith (27 years old), Ernest Miller (22 years old), and David Thomas (22 years old).

Dahmer’s killing spree ended when he was arrested on July 22, 1991. The body parts found in Dahmer’s refrigerator and Polaroid photographs of his victims became inextricably associated with his notorious killing spree.   

When Dahmer was sentenced to different life sentences he was moved to the city jail and as funny as it might sound, the monstrous cannibal, the rapist, or serial murderer was killed in a fight by a fellow inmate in 1994.

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