Jeffrey Dahmer's Last Interview
On the night of July 22, 1991, Milwaukee police finally uncovered the horrifying secrets that
Dahmer had been desperately hiding for many years. he found a chamber of unimaginable horrors human heads and a heart wrapped and bagged in the freezer hands and feet at the bottom of his cauldron of soup skulls hidden in a filing cabinet and this blue barrel full of dismembered torsos drenched in
dahmer acid they would spend the next few 24 hours confessing recounting in vivid detail a murder spree that began in 1978 when he was 18 and ended with 17 young men dead I had this recurring fantasy of meeting a hitchhiker on the road to take him hostage and do what I wanted and never in my prime Nightmares thought they would come true.
Dahmer, as he said, create his own holocaust? How did he get so full of evil? It would be comforting to point that out. or an abusive childhood an early life filled with hate or horror but his was filled with love jeff was the cutest sweetheart the sweetest baby the nicest kid there just weren't any real signs when he was growing up imagine your kid growing up to be a killer Would you still love him? Would the guilt and sense of responsibility be overwhelming?
Dahmer's parents have struggled to understand what could have gone wrong with his son. history, but your search may be in vain because even experts and profilers who have studied serial killers are baffled as to why they do so.
There doesn't seem to be any indication in any of the serial killers that something external makes them want to kill. it's like something is thrown a switch is thrown and they start with the pattern of what their pattern is going to be maybe all we can do is what Lionel
Dahmer did to look back and try to see what went wrong when he was a little boy on the beach with his parents
dahmer discovered a dead crab he examined it with the curiosity of a child but then the curiosity became unthinkable all i know is that he wanted to see what the insides of these animals looked like as if he could there was some violence involved some underlying subconscious feelings of violence i was just a compulsion it became a compulsion
dahmer got bigger and also his compulsion to look inside living things started killing them powerful satisfaction he insists he didn't understand in 9th grade in biology class we had the usual dissection of fetal pigs and I took the remains of that house and kept the skeleton and started diversifying dogs Cats I suppose could have become a normal hobby like taxidermy, but it didn't, more and more
Dahmer was killing animals in the woods behind his house.
He knew it was wrong, but he couldn't stop. then at 14 or 15 it got worse I don't know if it became a compulsion and went from animals to humans I still don't get it I don't know why if your fantasy life as a teenager includes killing who you From the age of 15 onwards, a much of my thoughts were basically impossible to share with anyone, so I just shut myself down and put on a mask of normalcy. As
Dahmer entered his teens, his secrets multiplied. He began to feel attracted to other young people. it wasn't a topic he could talk to his dad about but
jeffrey knew he was gay he started having obsessive thoughts of violence interspersed with sex and it got worse and worse i didn't know how to tell anyone so i didn't and Just when
jeffrey As he was becoming aware of his internal violent sexual urges, his external life began to fall apart.
His parents' marriage, which had been difficult during his childhood, finally ended. He found himself more and more alone and then one night while his mother was away from him. on a road trip and his dad had just moved into a motel down the street a fantasy
jeffrey had had for years came true and the killing began i was 18 driving home i saw this hitchhiker a mile from my house and it caught my eye. I walked past it and thought, should I stop picking it up or should I just keep going? I wish I would have moved on, but I didn't turn around, I picked him up and that's when he turned into the nightmare. a reality, it just seemed so strange to me that this obsession that I had been thinking about and wishing for was just, uh, all the parts are there and they make it possible to happen just at the moment that it could happen when nobody's home for two weeks after he first killed
dahmer he says he tried to control himself and for six years he did not kill again in 1984 he found himself living in milwaukee frequenting gay bars when sexual violence got the best of him again i met this boy at one of downtown milwaukee bars we went back to the hotel just planning to get drunk i had put some sleeping pills in his drink to knock him out and was going to spend the night with him when i woke up in the morning my forearms were bruised and his chest was bruised and blood was coming out of the mouth was hanging on the side of the bed this type of behavior and urgency that develops is triggered does not go in cycles can be a place ar you are in that reminds you of something it may be something you listen to it may be a certain season it may be just a color it is intimately connected to memory and previous experiences and something that happens on an unconscious level whatever it is occurred to you
dahmer almost like a dream i don't remember beating him to death but i must have and that's when it all started again i had no intention of hurting him at all how could i not remember
dahmer its hard for someone normal son to imagine but dr helen Morrison believes that the way in which the brain of serial killers works is unique.
A part of his mind is divided again. We have this piece of this puzzle that is somewhere that doesn't connect to the thinking part or the logical part. Is not far. removed from those of us who drive every day and drive the same route and don't know how we got from point a to point b we know we did it but it doesn't enter our consciousness unlike other serial killers who seem to actually get satisfaction from murder
dahmer says he didn't his motivation his goal was sexual he wanted to create a sex slave that he could completely control and to that end he performed the most horrifying of experiments on his victims literally drilling holes in their heads tried to create living zombies with uric acid and the drill but it never worked no killing wasn't the goal i just wanted to have the person under my full control to do whatever i wanted dr.
Len Morrison, who profiles these men, says part of the reason is because serial killers like
Dahmer literally feel things differently than a normal person. The serial killer is very similar to the little boy who can rip off the legs of a daddy longlegs or a fly. look what happens there's no humanity there it's just oh this is a very interesting thing they do things to people they've never experienced themselves they want to see pain or they want to see fear or they want to see agony and with
dahmer that's the His experimentation included what had to be the most shocking part of this case, he sometimes ate his victims, an abominable idea for anyone with even vaguely human sensibilities, and yet here again, Dr.
Morrison says that in fact ,
dahmer behavior has a peculiar kind of psychological sense,
dahmer was not the only individual who was cannibalistic or bit his victims or used his teeth as a weapon if you remember childhood if we go purely psychologically the only way a baby interacts with the world around them is through touch and teeth and this is one way babies explore their world with their mouths that is what they use this is how they relate to the world and what it is evident in all serial killers is this trait of very oral or mouthing or biting or eating swallowing which is very childish but seems to be a way they can be with their victim made me feel like they were a permanent part of me other than the mere curiosity of what it would be like if it made them feel like they were a part of me and it gave me a sexual satisfaction to do that in the late 80's
dahmer had completely gone into a free fall killing a serial killer who was on the loose in milwaukee, but why?
No one who has noticed serial killer profiler Robert Ressler says it was easy for
Dahmer to hide the fact that he was quite handsome and very shy. group and and you would probably see him as a decent young man and that was
Dahmer's most powerful weapon to lure his victims into his world 17 in total had several traits in common were all male all young mostly belonging to minorities and almost all homosexual beginning in 1984 one by one these men disappeared, but no one in milwaukee had any idea that a serial killer was on the loose. annie schwartz is a crime reporter for the waukesha freeman newspaper in milwaukee. nature of the victims the type of people he chose were people who for the most part were not missed by their families, often they were people who were left out by their families because they were gay or had problems with the police he chose his victims very carefully he chose people who wouldn't be missed if families didn't miss the victims
dahmer's family was missing clues that something was terribly wrong ong there were close calls like this with his father lyle had a box in my bedroom closet and it contained the mummified head and genitals of a young man i met in one of the bars in milwaukee and it was a locked metal box my father came to visit me for a week and he saw it and wondered what was in it.
He didn't know that no one knew. I told him it was pornography. some magazines and was not satisfied with that answer. We got into it a bit. After an argument because I wouldn't open it, he took the locked box to the basement and was about to break it but I came back to the house and we made up. The reconciliation with his father would mean that the lies would continue and that
Dahmer would continue to hunt victims in the gay bars of Milwaukee. and he would kill them, but in a city with a relatively low crime rate, why didn't the police connect the murders?
dahmer's apparent normalcy helped him hide his reign of terror, people like
dahmer can get away with it easier because law enforcement doesn't recognize him for what he is, they're looking for someone who's dragging their knuckles across the pavement and beating the moon with hair in the face they're not looking for mr good guy the quiet young man who lives in the neighborhood but there may be something more to why the murders went unnoticed ok hi um i'm in state 25 and this is a young man, he's badly bruised, he can't take the fall from his studio, he's got his butt just like him. he has no clothes on he was badly hurt and you know i have no court against him i just saw him and he needs help where is it in state 25 the corner of state 25 is right on the corner of the street yeah? he's in the middle of the street it's not like we're trying to help some people trying to help he's fine and he's unconscious right now he's picking him up he has no cuts someone must have jumped on me undressed him or whatever the call about this young conoract synthesis the voice is that of a neighbor glenda cl eveland who saw the young man trying to escape from
dahmer had already attempted to perform his rude sexual zombie experiment on the 14 year old boy by drilling a hole in his head and pouring acid drugged bleeding dazed the young man had somehow managed to escape from
dahmer and screamed for help the police came
dahmer told the police the synth phone was his 19 year old lover who he had been arguing with the police entered the
Dahmer's apartment saw nothing wrong and returned the boy the police radioed the station joking about what they had seen the naked Asian man intox icado was returned to her sober boyfriend my partner is going to get lost at the station a month later when
dahmer was arrested he admitted to killing cynthia symphone shortly after the police left the death would cost both cops their jobs and force all the city to look inward at the attitudes and treatment of minorities and gays there would be candlelight fight vigils and the city decreed healing days, but
Dahmer would leave a black mark on Milwaukee.
The site where
Dahmer's apartment building stood was raised and a children's playground was put in. He collected all kinds of money from the community and no one in the community wanted to use this. playground because they said it was the devil's playground. I think the city of milwaukee, at the end of the
dahmer case, was left with the unfortunate realization that it can happen here, whatever horrible thing you see on the news being that you think is happening. in other places and for other people, people who live in the city of milwaukee sadly realized that it could happen and it did happen here, but of course the deepest scars would be reserved for the families of the victims and the family of the killer never
jeffreys you I took from themy mother's eldest grandson and for that i can never forgive you i hope you hope you can deal with what you have done to the families of
dahmer's victims they had their day in court and had a chance to address him
dahmer sat down motionless in front of his father lionel sat behind him
jeffrey's crimes had been such a terrible blow to him that for the first time 24 hours after learning about them, he didn't believe
How can you watch your son who has been riding a trike and running around with his playful dog and playing tennis with me taking a knife and cutting a person and then doing sexual things with him is hard enough those profiling serial killers can understand why Lionel would have such a hard time reconciling his baby with the adult murderer who would perpetrate such disgusting crimes, we know that by the time puberty hits at the ages of 13 14 15 that the hormones seem to interact with brain chemistry and not we have no idea what he's doing or where he's coming from.
I think there was probably a mixture of feelings of anger and hate and disappointment and also a feeling of pity for what he did to you. He knows that he felt very sorry for the victims and their families and also for Jeff the Terrible Waste, both Lionel
Dahmer and Joyce Flint.
Jeffrey's mother struggled to find a way to keep her son in the face of his crimes, a brutal task for any parent. there's something or things so deeply locked in his mind that even he doesn't know what's going on and therefore I have to hold them, it's almost like I don't.
I have no right to grieve or grieve because there are all these families that will never, ever speak to their children again by all accounts.
Dahmer seemed relieved that he had been caught. I wanted to know more about his behavior. What was uncontrollable in
Dahmer was the impulse. It was the impulse that he couldn't control. It was the desire that he had to satisfy. do it immediately and this is something
dahmer seemed to know better than anyone at his sentencing he read a statement apologizing for his crimes your honor it's over now this has never been a case of trying to free myself i never wanted freedom frankly he wanted death for myself this was a case to tell the world i did what i didn't do for reasons of hate i didn't hate anyone i knew i was sick or evil or both now i think i was sick i know how much damage i caused i tried to do the best i could after the arrest to make amends but no matter what i did i couldn't undo the terrible damage i've caused i know i'll be in prison for the rest of my life the rest of
dahmer's life would
last longer At the age of two in November 1994, a fellow prisoner of
Dahmer's beat him to death.
The murder occurred over a 20-minute period when the men were unprotected, although
Dahmer repeatedly expressed remorse for his actions in the
interview he gave before his death. Death made a startling admission that I still had fantasies of killing him, it never goes away completely, I'll probably have to live with it for the rest of my life, I wish it would go away, I wish there was some way to completely get rid of the compulsive thoughts, the feelings um, not so bad now that there are no ways to act on it, but no, it never seems to ever go away completely.