Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994), also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, was an American serial killer and sex offender who killed and dismembered seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Many of his later murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of body parts—typically all or part of the skeleton. Dahmer was found sane and guilty on all charges and sentenced to 15 life terms, which were later increased to 957 years. He was beaten to death in prison by a fellow inmate in 1994.
Dahmer was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 21, 1960. He was the son of Lionel Dahmer, a chemist, and Joyce Dahmer, a homemaker. Dahmer had an older brother, David. His childhood was marked by violence and instability. He was often bullied at school and he began to experiment with drugs and alcohol at a young age. In 1978, Dahmer was arrested for exposing himself to a young boy in a public restroom. He was sentenced to probation and ordered to undergo therapy.
Dahmer’s crime spree began in 1978. He would typically pick up hitchhikers or young men at gay bars and lure them back to his apartment. Once there, he would drug and then strangle them. He would then dismember the bodies and dispose of them in various ways.
The crimes escalated in the early 1990s. He began to experiment with cannibalism and necrophilia. He also began to keep the severed heads and body parts of his victims as trophies. In 1991, Dahmer’s neighbor, Tracy Edwards, managed to escape from Dahmer’s apartment after being drugged and restrained. Edwards went to the police and Dahmer was arrested.
Dahmer confessed to killing 17 men and boys. He was found sane and guilty on all charges and sentenced to 15 life terms, which were later increased to 957 years. He was beaten to death in prison by a fellow inmate in 1994.
Motivations of a Serial Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer was a serial killer who murdered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. He was motivated by a combination of factors, including his childhood abuse, his homosexuality, and his mental illness.
Dahmer was abused by his father as a child, and he was also molested by a neighbor. These experiences left him with a deep-seated hatred of himself and others. He also struggled with his homosexuality, and he felt that he could not be accepted by society.
It is thought that his mental illness also played a role in his murders. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. These disorders caused him to have delusions and hallucinations, and they also made it difficult for him to control his impulses.
Dahmer’s motivation for the killing was complex and multifaceted. It was a combination of his childhood abuse, his homosexuality, his mental illness, and his desire to control and possess others.
In addition to the factors mentioned above, Dahmer also had a fascination with death and decay. He would often keep the bodies of his victims in his apartment, and he would sometimes dismember them and eat their flesh. This fascination with death and decay may have been a way for Dahmer to cope with his feelings of emptiness and loneliness.
Dahmer was eventually caught and convicted of his crimes. He was sentenced to 15 life terms in prison, but he was killed by another inmate in 1994.