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Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer

Also Known As: "Jeff"
Birthplace: Evangelical Deaconess Hospital, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States
Death: November 28, 1994 (34)
Aspirus Divine Savior Hospital, Portage, Columbia County, Wisconsin, United States (Murder by bludgeoning (beaten to death by Christopher Scarver at Columbia Correctional Institution))
Immediate Family:

Son of Private and Joyce Annette Flint
Brother of David Dahmer
Half brother of Private and Private

Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994) was an American serial killer and sex offender. Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys – many of whom were of African or Asian descent – between 1978 and 1991, with the majority of the murders occurring between 1987 and 1991. His murders were particularly gruesome, involving rape, torture, dismemberment, necrophilia and cannibalism. On November 28, 1994, he was beaten to death by an inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution, where he had been incarcerated.

Serial Killer, having killed an estimated 16 men and boys. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, his parents divorced when he was 18, shortly after his first, undetected (later confirmed) killing in June 1978 of a hitchhiker, Steven Hicks. His father sent him to college, at Ohio State University, but he flunked out in the first semester, as he was drunk most of the time. His father then sent him into the Army in 1978, where he was stationed in Germany, but was barred from reenlisting due to alcoholism. He eventually moved to Milwaukee, and in 1989, one of his sexual victims complained to police and he was arrested for child molestation (at this point, he had already killed four men). In a bizarre twist, he convinced the judge that he only needed psychological help, and he was released with a 5 year probation on good behavior. He moved to Cleveland in 1989. In June 1990, he began a killing spree that continued until he was caught on July 22, 1991, when one of his intended victims escaped and went to the police. Upon investigation, Dahmer had selected mainly gay and black men for his victims, often taking photos of them, and having sex with their dead bodies. To dispose of the bodies, he cut them up and buried them, but kept parts of their bodies as trophies, and ate some of them. When police arrested him, he had 4 victim's heads in the refrigerator. Dahmer was tried on fifteen counts of murder and sentenced to 957 years in jail (consecutive life terms). He was sentenced to the Columbia Correctional Institute in Portage, Wisconsin, where another inmate, Christopher Scarver, who was in prison on a first-degree murder charge, killed him. Dahmer's father, Lionel Dahmer, later wrote a book about his son, "A Father's Story," which chronicled their efforts to raise a good child only to discover he had grown up to be a monster.

Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson

Documentary Jeffrey Dahmer Mind of a Monster

Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: After a court battle, his parents, who are divorced, each received half of his remains.

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Jeffrey Dahmer's Timeline

May 21, 1960
Evangelical Deaconess Hospital, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States
May 10, 1994
Age 33
Columbia Correctional Institution, Portage, Columbia County, Wisconsin, United States
November 28, 1994
Age 34
Aspirus Divine Savior Hospital, Portage, Columbia County, Wisconsin, United States