American serial killer and s*x offender Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994), as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, killed and dismembered seventeen male victims between 1978 and 1991. Necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent retention of body parts, usually the entire or a large portion of the skeleton, were common themes in many of his later crimes.
Dahmer was determined to be legally competent to stand trial despite having been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, and psychotic disorder. On February 17, 1992, he was found guilty of fifteen of the sixteen murders he had committed in Wisconsin and was given fifteen consecutive life sentences.
Tracy Edwards managed to escape from Dahmer’s apartment on July 22, 1991, and he later told Milwaukee Police officers about the horrible actions Dahmer had attempted to subject Edwards too. Fifteen counts of first-degree murder were filed against him. Dahmer was convicted after a two-week trial and given 15 life sentences to be served consecutively; however, he only served two years before being assassinated in jail in 1994.
How Many People Did Jeffrey Dahmer Murder?
The biography states that from 1978 through 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men, predominantly of African-American, Asian, and Latino descent.
Who Were Jeffrey Dahmer’s Victims?
Steven Hicks, 18
Dahmer’s first victim was 18-year-old hitchhiker Steven Hicks, who he lured into his family’s home with the false promise of bringing him to a concert shortly after he graduated from high school. After Hicks rejects Dahmer’s kiss and hurls sexual epithets at him, the two exercise together before Dahmer bludgeons Hicks’ head with a weight in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. The actual situation was much direr.
The show just depicts him sadistically kissing Hicks’ corpse, but according to the FBI’s leaked report on him, he admitted to investigators that he had intercourse with the body, thus realising a desire he’d had since he was 16 years old. Dahmer dug out Hicks’ remains from a shallow burial, dissolved his skin with acid, crushed his bones to dust, and then dispersed them in the woods.
Steven Toumi, 24
After being caught by authorities on his way to dispose of Hicks’ body, Dahmer claims he was frightened and didn’t kill again for nearly ten years. Dahmer claims he drove Toumi from a Milwaukee bar to an Ambassador Hotel room, where he later found her dead the next morning. Dahmer maintained as he had with Hicks, that he had not intended to kill Toumi.
In Monster, we see Dahmer doing CPR on Toumi’s corpse before packing it in a bag and taking it with him to his grandmother’s house. Nothing indicates that Dahmer told police that he had a good-natured cab driver help him carry the bag.
The taxi driver asked Dahmer about the strong odour coming from the luggage, but Dahmer said nothing and had him take him to his grandmother’s house, where he dismembered and dissected Toumi’s body. According to his recollection and the Netflix drama, Dahmer kept Toumi’s severed head as a repulsive souvenir.
James Doxtator, 14
Debbie Vega, James Doxtator‘s mother, claimed in the Tampa Bay Times in 1991 that her son, then 14 years old, had been one of Dahmer’s youngest victims after he ran away from home to avoid an abusive stepfather. Dahmer informed police that he met Doxtator at a bus stop near the site of the defunct 219 Club nightclub. He bribed the young man with money to come to his grandmother’s house, where he administered sleeping pills, had sex with Doxtator while he was out cold, and then murdered him.
Richard Guerrero, 25
Dahmer lured Guerro into his evil web by offering him $50 to spend the night at his grandmother’s house with him. Once Dahmer had Guerrero under his control, he strangled and dismembered the young Mexican man, just like he had done with his other victims who he had drugged to sleep.
Dahmer disposed of his body, and he was only linked to the murder when he positively identified the victim from a family photo. Although Dahmer does not specifically name Guerrero in Monster, he does show him in a montage of the men he murdered at his grandmother’s house.
Anthony Sears, 26
The life of Sears, an aspiring model, was cut short when he met Dahmer, who murdered him and then stored Sears’ genitalia and skull in his apartment. For his role in the murder of Sears, Dahmer may thank Judge William Gardner, who granted him work release from prison for a year as part of his sentence for second-degree sexual assault on Somsack Sinthasomphone, then 13 years old.
Dahmer’s first murder in his apartment on the 924 block of North 25th Street in Milwaukee was of Smith. After promising Smith $50, Dahmer was able to secure Smith’s services as a sex worker. Dahmer photographed Smith’s body after he had strangled him to death in a sexually provocative manner. Aside from dissolving Smith’s body parts in acid, he cooked them first and then stored Smith’s skull in a cabinet.
Eddie Smith, 28
Dahmer was questioned by police and admitted to murdering Smith, however his body was never located. As depicted in Monster, Eddie’s sister Carolyn Smith received a phone call in April 1991 from someone saying, “don’t bother looking for your brother; he’s dead.”
Ernest Miller, 22
While spending the Labor Day weekend with his aunt in Milwaukee in 1990, Miller ran upon Dahmer outside of a bookstore. After Dahmer lured Miller back to his apartment with the promise of money, the two had sex before the serial killer poisoned the unassuming college student and slashed his throat.
Dahmer, for some sick reason, froze Miller’s biceps, painted Miller’s cranium, and bleached Miller’s skeleton. In a similar vein to Eddie Smith’s sister, Ernest’s grandma Corrine Miller recounts receiving a phone call from a strange groaning voice faintly saying, “Help, help, help.” This occurred two weeks after the family reported Ernest missing.
David C. Thomas, 23
Dahmer murdered Thomas, a happy father of a two-year-old girl after the two met by coincidence at The Grand Avenue Mall and Dahmer led Thomas back to his apartment.
Curtis Straughter, 17
Dahmer admitted that he had paid Straughter to take naked pictures of him while he waited for the bus at Marquette University. Dahmer kept Straughter’s skull and took photographs of each stage of his dismemberment after he killed him.
Errol Lindsey, 19
Dahmer’s already torturous compulsion deepened after Lindsey’s murder. As reported by the Associated Press in July 1991, Errol’s brother Michael Lindsey speculated that his sibling might have encountered Dahmer on the way to the key shop they were both visiting at the time of Errol’s disappearance.
Dahmer met the adolescent, sedated him, bored a hole in his brain, and poured hydrochloric acid into it, causing him to go into a zombie-like state. Against all odds, Lindsey came to before Dahmer strangled and dismembered him, only keeping his skull.
Anthony “Tony” Hughes, 31
The murder of Anthony “Tony” Hughes, a deaf and dumb man, was one of the most tragic events shown in Monster. Dahmer and Hughes first meet in the episode when they are both dancing at a homosexual club; Dahmer invites Hughes to his house, but Hughes at first refuses, forcing Dahmer to work for his adoration.
Dahmer learns sign language to better communicate with Hughes, and the two strikes up an apparent consenting sex relationship on the day of Hughes’ death. Dahmer even fights off the temptation to drug Hughes in favour of a more organic bond between them.
No evidence of a relationship between the two was reported at the time of Dahmer’s arrest. Instead, it has been claimed that Dahmer paid Hughes to pose for photographs at his house after a night out on the town. After Dahmer killed himself, he let his body sit on the floor for three days before he began to dismember and photograph it. According to the FBI, the remains of Hughes, including his skull and vertebrae, were found in Dahmer’s apartment.
Konerak Sinthasomphone, 14
At the beginning of Monster, we meet Konerak Sinthasomphone, the brother of Somsack, one of Dahmer’s escaped victims. In the series, Konerak admits that he is aware of what Dahmer did to his brother, yet he still visits Dahmer’s apartment in an effort to earn money for his family by posing for photos.
Dahmer tried to lobotomize Konerak by drilling a hole in his skull as his body lay on the floor of his bedroom, just as he had done with Hughes days previously. He escaped Dahmer’s custody but was later brought back after Dahmer convinced the authorities that Konerak was his inebriated lover.
In 1991, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel stated that a source close to the inquiry indicates Dahmer was astonished to find Konerak was connected to Somsack, but other than that, the reported circumstances surrounding Konerak’s death are very similar to Netflix’s dramatisation.
However, Dahmer was a pathological liar, which may be another thread in the false web he wove to ensnare his victims and avoid detection. The show doesn’t show Dahmer keeping Konerak’s skull after he’s dismembered the rest of his body, but it does end with the ominous humming of a power drill.
Matt Turner, 20
After the Chicago Pride Parade, Turner and Dahmer reunited at a bus stop, and Dahmer talked Turner into going to Milwaukee for some picture ops. The young guy who had escaped to a halfway house in Chicago a year before his death was drugged, strangled, and dismembered by Dahmer once they arrived at his residence. Dahmer buried his torso in a 57-gallon drum of acid and froze his skull.
Jeremiah Weinberger, 23
Dahmer drilled a hole in Weinberger’s skull and poured the hot water in it before placing his torso in the 57-gallon drum and his head in the freezer. In Chicago, witnesses spotted Weinberger leaving the homosexual club Carol’s Speakeasy with a guy they later determined to be Dahmer, who would later kill Weinberger.
The murderer informed police that he and Dahmer spent the weekend in Dahmer’s apartment in Milwaukee and had oral sex on the first night there. Dahmer killed Weinberger because he tried to leave on day two when the two were interrogated together.
Oliver Lacy, 23
When Dahmer invited Lacy back to his flat with the offer of being paid to take photographs, the guy was engaged and the father of a two-year-old son. Evidence from the film Monster suggests that after drugging and strangling Lacy, Dahmer engaged in anal intercourse with the man’s lifeless body and subsequently froze the heart for later consumption.
Dahmer likewise hid Lacy’s severed skull in his freezer. The Milwaukee Police Department recovered a pair of severed hands from Dahmer’s apartment, and the FBI has confirmed that the hands were used to positively identify Lacy. Dahmer also turned over the identification he had kept from Lacy to the authorities.
Joseph Bradehoft, 25
Joseph Bradehoft, a 25-year-old father of three, was the 17th and final victim of serial murderer Jeffrey Dahmer. Bradehoft and Dahmer met while waiting for the same bus. Bradehoft was last seen on July 16, 1991, on his way to a job interview. Dahmer had oral sex with Bradehoft, then drugged him, strangled him with a strap, dismembered him, and tossed his body in a drum and his head in a freezer until he was finally caught three days later.
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