The Nightmare closet

Jeffrey Dahmer

(Killings between 1978 and 1991)

This Milwaukee serial killer murdered boys of Asian and African descent. His murders were gruesome and involved torture, forced sodomy, dismemberment (removing the limbs by cutting them or by some other means), necrophilia and cannibalism.

He was arrested first when caught fondling a young 13-year-old boy in Milwaukee and was sentenced to one year in a work release camp. After serving ten months, he was released on probation for his good behavior and that is when his killing spree began.

He committed his first murder at the age of 18, shortly after being released in 1978, his first victim was a 19-year-old hitchhiker.

Dahmer was the son of an analytical chemist and as a child had a fascination for dissecting dead animals and by the time he was a teenager, was an alcoholic and a loner. He dropped out of college and his father forced him to enlist in the Army. But after just two years, he was discharged because of his heavy drinking. Since he did not want to face his father, he moved in with his grandmother and lived with her for six years. His grandmother asked him to move out when he was arrested for exposing in public.

Eventually, he got a factory job in Milwaukee. He discovered gay bars and picked up Steven Toumi, 24, his second victim in 1987.  

In 1988, he was arrested for sexually fondling a 13-year old boy. He served 10 months incarcerated and was required to register as a sex offender. His father would later write that when Jeffrey was convicted of child molestation, said that he would "never be more than a liar, an alcoholic, a thief, an exhibitionist, a molester of children."

Dahmer was caught by the police when a would-be victim escaped and alerted them. He was held responsible for 15 murders and sentenced to 15 life terms. Dahmer then expressed remorse and wished death upon himself. He was beaten to death by a fellow inmate and died of severe head trauma.

Dahmer told a detective:  "I have to question whether there is an evil force in the world and whether or not I have been influenced by it. Although I am not sure if there is a God or if there is a Devil, I know that as of lately I've been doing a lot of thinking about both."