JEFFREY Dahmer’s horrific murders stayed under the radar for almost a decade – until police discovered a series of Polaroid photos.
The chilling memorabilia Dahmer took with him was a crucial piece of evidence in the killer’s arrest.
How did Jeffrey Dahmer’s Polaroid photos help his arrest?
Jeffrey Dahmer has been able to carry out his sinister crimes unnoticed by authorities for years.
From 1978 to 1991, Dahmer murdered and dismembered 17 boys and men in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He would often lure his victims back to his home under the pretense of having a beer or taking pictures—once there, he would execute his twisted reins of terror.
When one of his victims, Tracy Edwards, managed to escape, officers visited Dahmer’s home on July 22, 1991 and discovered the evidence they would need to make an arrest.
When they entered his home and began investigating, officers discovered a nightstand drawer.
Inside were nearly 80 disturbing Polaroid images of his victims and their dismembered bodies.
Officials reportedly found images of decapitated heads of the victims, as well as of Dahmer engaging in necrophilia with some of the bodies.
The 1994 American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology states that Dahmer photographed and participated in these activities because: “he wanted to keep them as a souvenir to keep him company”.
During the investigation, officials also discovered sketches of a plan to build an altar in his apartment.
Dahmer later confessed that he had his victims posed for pictures on a black table that he wanted to make part of his altar.
Who Arrested Jeffrey Dahmer?
Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested on July 22, 1991.
His arrest came after Tracy Edwards waved down two police officers, Rolf Mueller and Robert Rauth, who were on patrol in downtown Milwaukee.
Both officers then went to Dahmer’s apartment to question him – there Mueller discovered the Polaroids in the bedside table.
After making the gruesome discovery, Mueller released the Polaroids he was holding, which had been photographed in the same apartment they were in.
Mueller pointed to his partner, “These are real.”
Dahmer was quickly apprehended and arrested.
He was convicted the following year and sentenced to 16 consecutive life sentences.
However, while serving his sentence, Dahmer met his own violent death in 1994 at the hands of a fellow inmate, Christopher Scarver, at Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin.
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