Was serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer a real-life cannibal? As gruesome as Dahmer’s multiple killings are, allegations of cannibalism add a shocking twist.
The answer is, yes, Dahmer practiced cannibalism, at least according to what he told Milwaukee police. The details, drawn from press articles at the time regarding the trial testimony, are shocking and deeply disturbing, so you should be warned in advance.
The Dahmer killings between 1978 and 1991 received renewed attention as a result of a new series of docuseries on Netflix. “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” began broadcasting on September 21, 2022. “For more than a decade, 17 young men and women have been murdered by convicted murderer Jeffrey Dahmer. How do you evade arrest for so long?” The Netflix site for the show is requested.
Here’s what you need to know:
Dahmer told the police he ate a heart and seasoned human muscle in steak sauce
Very disturbing details emerged regarding Dahmer’s murders during his 1992 trial in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. However, it is based on his account of the police, and one psychiatrist believes that he may have been lying about some of them, i.e. cannibalism, to bolster the insanity defense.
It is impossible to know for sure. Police found heads in his fridge.
A 1992 article in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, accessed through Newspapers.com, described the testimony of the trial. “Witnesses told how Dahmer cooked and ate a heart and biceps and thighs; how he sliced corpses from the sternum to the toe and cut the flesh into fist-sized pieces; and how he soaked his torso in acid and kept the skulls and other parts as souvenirs.”
Dahmer argued at trial that he was insane, but the jury rejected his defense. He was sentenced to several life terms and died two years later in a Wisconsin state prison, where another inmate beat him to death with batons.
The prosecutor also said during the trial that Dahmer had been “coerced to have sex with the corpses.”
An Associated Press article from 1992 says that jurors “were told he ate a heart and seasoned human muscle in steak sauce.”
Another 1992 Associated Press article, also accessed via Newspapers.com, quoted a psychiatrist as saying that Dahmer had become a “kind of hunter,” but he wasn’t crazy. “He kept the remains as trophies.”
This article said that Dahmer drugged and strangled his victims, and that he “photographed most of his victims, ate the heart, biceps, and thighs, and boiled some skulls for safekeeping.”
However, this psychiatrist believed that it was possible that Dahmer lied “when he told the police that he ate the flesh of some victims and drilled holes in their heads while they were alive in an attempt to create sexual partners like zombies.”
The police found painted skulls in Dahmer’s apartment and he told them he tried to create zombies
Another Associated Press article about Dahmer’s insane trial in 1992 stated that Dahmer, a worker at a chocolate factory, attempted to create “zombies.”
The article reports that police found “painted skulls, pictures of mutilated men, and severed heads in cold storage” in Dahmer’s apartment.
Dahmer told psychiatrists that he “attempts to make some victims zombie before they die by drilling into their heads and pouring acid or boiling water inside.”
As a boy, he clipped dogs and “looked for road accidents that kill,” the article said.
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