7 Horrifying Similarities Between Cannibal Killers Jeffrey Dahmer And Dennis Nilsen, From Diseased Skull Trophies To Necrophilia

Twisted US serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer shared many sick traits with British mass murderer Dennis Nilsen, from their collecting gruesome “trophies” to the victims they targeted.

Both shared a superficial resemblance with their limp hair and fondness for wide-rimmed aviator goggles, but beneath the surface there are even more chilling connections between the two killers.

Jeffrey Dahmer killed and dismembered 17 men and boys in a 13-year murder spree


Jeffrey Dahmer killed and dismembered 17 men and boys in a 13-year murder spreePhoto credit: Getty
Dennis Nilsen killed 12 to 15 men and boys between 1978 and 1983


Dennis Nilsen killed 12 to 15 men and boys between 1978 and 1983Photo credit: Rex
Nilsen's usual home in Muswell Hill, north London, where he committed most of his murders


Nilsen’s usual home in Muswell Hill, north London, where he committed most of his murdersPhoto credit: Getty

Dubbed “The Milwaukee Cannibal,” Dahmer killed and dismembered at least 17 men and boys in a 13-year killing spree.

Inside his horror apartment, cops discovered photos of dismembered human bodies, a freshly severed head in the refrigerator, and a giant drum full of acid in which the torsos of several men were dissolving.

Dahmer not only murdered and dismembered his victims, he ate human flesh and performed sickly experiments while they were alive, like drilling holes in their skulls and injecting acid into their brains to try to create a ” zombie-like” behavior. Condition.

He was eventually sentenced to life imprisonment, where he met his own horrific end.

Dahmer was beaten to death with an iron bar by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver after prison guards left them unattended for 20 minutes.

Dennis Nilsen was born 15 years before Dahmer in Fraserburgh, Scotland, thousands of miles away.

His killing spree began eerily in 1978, the same year as Dahmer’s, and he was caught in 1983.

Over five years he murdered and dismembered 12 to 15 men and boys, most of them at his north London flat, where he was dubbed the “Muswell Hill Murderer”.

Though he later in prison denied committing cannibalism — and somberly told his biographer Brian Masters he was “strictly a bacon-and-eggs man,” another interviewer said he believes Nilsen ate his victims.

Nilsen also died in prison, although his end was not the violent death that befell Dahmer.

In May 2018, he was rushed to York Hospital by HMP Full Sutton, where he complained of severe abdominal pain and died two days later of a pulmonary embolism and retroperitoneal hemorrhage.

These are seven of the chilling similarities between Dahmer and Nilsen’s lives and evil crimes.

[Dahmer] needs a completely unresisting, passive human model to temporarily go ‘over the bridge’ into ‘society’

Dennis Nilsenserial killer


Both Dahmer and Nilsen were shy outsiders as children.

Dahmer’s parents often argued and weren’t there for him much as a child since his father was away from home for work and his mother was a bedridden hypochondriac.

An elementary school teacher described the boy as quiet and shy, showing early signs of abandonment.

His former classmate John Backderf told The Mirror Dahmer was “shy and concerned” and “way down the social ladder”.

However, he said that he “liked” him at school and that he had a small group of friends.

Nilsen’s parents also had a difficult marriage.

His father, Olav, was away most of the time with the Free Norwegian Forces and they divorced when he was just two years old.

He was described by his contemporaries as a “quiet” child who became increasingly withdrawn after the sudden death of his beloved grandfather when he was just six years old.


Dahmer was fascinated by dead animals from an early age.

His father encouraged his interest and collected street killers, which he and his son dissected in the garage.

However, the practice horrified his mother.

Nilsen’s life-changing moment came when his grandfather died in 1951 – robbing him of the one family member he felt truly close to.

After his death, Nilsen’s mother asked him if he wanted to see his grandfather.

Excitedly, Nilsen said yes, only to be taken into a room where the body was laid out in a coffin.

Brian Masters wrote in his Nilsen biography “Killing for Company”: “The taboo against the mention of death had devastating consequences for the boy, the image of the loved one and the image of the dead object fused.”

Nilsen himself once said he liked being with the bodies of his victims so that he could “express those feelings that I held sacred to my grandfather”.


Both Nilsen and Dahmer were trying to find their way in the military, perhaps in search of a place where they could belong.

In 1979, a year after his first murder, Dahmer enlisted in the US Army at his father’s urging.

He completed basic training and was posted to West Germany, although he was eventually released in 1991 for alcoholism and poor performance.

Nilsen’s military career was more notable than Dahmer’s.

He learned how to cook and was temporarily stationed in West Germany.

Nilsen later described his three-year apprenticeship at Aldershot as “the happiest of my life”.


Dahmer and Nilsen’s first two victims had one crucial thing in common – their killers didn’t want them to go.

Nilsen invited 14-year-old Stephen Holmes to his flat to listen to music after they met in a pub.

Dahmer also lured Steven Hicks, 18, a hitchhiker, back to his house with the promise of beer.

Realizing Hicks was about to leave, he hit him in the head with a barbell before strangling him to death.

Similarly, Nilsen strangled Holmes to death to prevent him from leaving.

Horrifyingly, both killers masturbated over the corpses, although in one crucial difference, Dahmer disposed of the corpse while Nilsen kept Holmes’ corpse in his apartment for several months.


Both Nilsen and Dahmer struggled with their homosexuality from a young age.

During their killing sprees, the two slaughtered young men and boys, not because they took any particular pleasure in the act of killing, but because they wanted “possession” of men they found attractive.

Dahmer later said he descended into cannibalism because “it was a way of making me feel like they were a part of me”.

Nilsen, on the other hand, displayed the corpses of his victims in grotesque parodies of normal romantic situations, sitting them on chairs, laying them on beds, and even talking to them.

He later described this as “misguided love”.


Both Dahmer and Nilsen killed their victims because they wanted “unresisting” bodies to freely possess and “enjoy”.

Dahmer kept the severed heads of many of his victims as diseased trophies, and even brazenly took one to work in the chocolate factory with him.

He admitted he planned to eventually build an altar out of bones and envisioned it as “a place where I could collect my thoughts and feed my obsession.”

A search of Nilsen’s Muswell Hill apartment also revealed the discovery of a skull, part of the torso and various bones in a tea chest.

Nilsen admitted he had “fears of emotional rejection and failure” stemming from being bullied at school.

Dahmer's home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Dahmer’s home in Milwaukee, WisconsinCredit: AP
Both were notorious for their wide-rimmed aviator sunglasses


Both were notorious for their wide-rimmed aviator sunglassesCredit: AP
Nilsen and Dahmer were both outcasts when they were young


Nilsen and Dahmer were both outcasts when they were youngCredit: Alamy
In Nilsen's horror apartment, an acid barrel in which he dissolves victims


In Nilsen’s horror apartment, an acid barrel in which he dissolves victimsPhoto credit: Milwaukee Police Department
Konerak Sinthasomphone was Dahmer's latest victim


Konerak Sinthasomphone was Dahmer’s latest victimPhoto credit: YouTube/ Carol DaRonch


One of the most disturbing parallels between Dahmer and Nilsen was that both were almost caught after attacking young Asian migrants.

In 1979, Nilsen attempted to murder 19-year-old Andrew Ho, a Hong Kong student whom he had brought back to his apartment.

Ho was able to knock Nilsen unconscious with a candlestick and went to police who arrested the killer and held him for two days.

However, since Ho was both an immigrant and a gay underage, he feared getting into trouble and didn’t press charges.

Police released Nilsen, although one officer described him as “extremely dangerous” in his report.

Dahmer was nearly caught in 1991 after witnesses discovered naked and disoriented teenager Konerak Sinthasomphone outside his home.

The twisted killer had lured him back to his apartment and attempted to turn him into a “zombie” by injecting hydrochloric acid into his brain.

Witnesses asked police to investigate further, but Dahmer was able to convince officers he was his “friend” who was just too drunk, and they left.

Curiously, Nilsen went on to discuss Dahmer’s crimes with his own biographer.

In a passage that might as well have been a description of himself, he said Dahmer’s “need for self-esteem is usually satisfied only in his fantasies, because he cannot gather such fruit from living people”.

He added that Dahmer “needs a totally unresisting, passive model of a human being to temporarily cross the bridge into ‘society'”.

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