THE minister who baptized Jeffrey Dahmer has revealed that he personally received a Thanksgiving card from the cannibal killer just days before he was beaten to death behind bars.
In his haunting closing message, Dahmer thanked Roy Ratcliff for his friendship after they spent hours studying the Bible together.
Roy met the mass murderer in prison on November 23, 1994, the day before Thanksgiving, when Dahmer handed him the card.
Roy befriended Dahmer after christening him and said he felt “a sense of sadness” when the killer was brutally murdered with an iron bar by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver.
The serial killer was serving a life sentence for the disturbing and gruesome murders of 17 boys and young men – but while he was behind bars he claimed to have found God.
“Thank you for your friendship and for taking the time and effort to help me understand God’s words,” he said on the card.
“God bless you and your family, Sincerely, Jeff Dahmer.”
Roy told The Sun Online he wanted to share the map to show that Dahmer is “not just a monster, he’s a human”.
“The Thanksgiving Day card was something Jeff gave me the last time I saw him,” he said.
“It’s important to me because it reminds me of the last time we were together. It speaks of our friendship.
“It’s important because I see that Jeff didn’t have close friends and I’m honored to have been one of his.”
Roy spent many hours speaking and studying the Bible with Dahmer, and although he gained insight into his behavior, including cannibalism, he believes the killer has changed.
“It’s easy to judge someone when you don’t know them, but when you get to know someone better you tend to see them differently.
“Jeff had transformed himself from the killer he was into a better person.”
Dahmer was murdered on November 28, and upon hearing the news, Roy said, “I felt sadness because I had lost a friend.”
Thank you for your friendship and for taking the time and effort to help me understand God’s words
Roy, now 75, worked at a church in Wisconsin where Dahmer committed his crimes and was imprisoned
He had been asked by another Oklahoma minister, to whom Dahmer had shared his desire to be baptized.
After some balked at the prospect of being in a room with the mass murderer dubbed the “Milwaukee Cannibal,” Roy finally agreed to perform the baptism
“I said ‘ok sure, what’s his name?’ and the guy who called me said, ‘You might want to sit down for that,’ then he said to me, ‘It’s Jeffrey Dahmer’.”
Roy said he was “relatively ignorant” of the details of Dahmer’s crimes at the time, and it wasn’t until his wife said, “You should know more about him,” that he began reading about it.
“When I first saw him I didn’t know the grisly details and I think it was better not to know because it allowed me not to be prejudiced against him.”
ALONE WITH MURDERER
Roy made his first visit to prison to meet Dahmer in April 1994 and was ushered through doors that slammed “a little bit disturbingly” into a room with an even table and chairs to await Dahmer.
He had been warned to remove his tie should it be used as a weapon, but he began to notice that he was sweating as the minutes ticked by while he waited.
“Then in a few minutes, Jeff comes in and closes the door and shakes my hand, then sits across from me,” he said.
“I was impressed by how polite he was and how willingly cooperative he was.
“For a moment I think I’m all alone in a room with a man who has murdered so many people and I was a little worried. I thought ‘what’s going on here’.
“Then we started talking about how he wanted to be baptized, and after that I forgot my concern.”
In fact, Dahmer had been terrified of meeting Roy and “heaved a deep and unusual sigh” when agreeing to baptize him.
“I said, ‘Why did you make that noise?’ and he said, ‘I was afraid to meet you because I thought you would say I can’t baptize you because you were too angry.’
“But if someone is looking for atonement for their sins, then I should help them. That’s all I thought about.”
The cannibal’s confession
As they began to talk, Dahmer began to open up about the dark aspects of his crimes, particularly his cannibalism.
“He confessed to me that he ate a bicep of one of his victims,” he said.
“I didn’t think he was playing around and that it was a real confession. There was no question in my mind that he hadn’t done those things.
“In my opinion there was no one there to stop him and one thing led to another and to another.
“It’s like the quote from Shakespeare, it’s so deep in your blood you can’t get out.”
Roy says his “cannibal personality” was part of Dahmer’s identity and something he used to have a chilling effect on those around him.
“I was told by the prison guards that he would say ‘I bite’ to a guard standing in front of his cell. It was close enough for only a guard to hear, and the guard would be shaken by it.
“He also had a placard in his cell that read: Cannibals Anonymous Meeting Here Tonight.
“It was a way of getting attention while also communicating, ‘Don’t get close to me, I might hurt you’.”
Dahmer was baptized May 10 in a hot tub where inmates were treated for back injuries.
In an eerie coincidence, it was the day Dahmer’s fellow serial killer John Wayne Gacy was executed in Illinois for the murder of 33 boys and men, and there was also an eclipse.
The two began meeting frequently to study the Bible, forming a friendship that Roy believed would last into old age.
“Some people are surprised by this, but we did it.
“We think he’s a demented lunatic, a monster, but he was more human than we give him credit for.”
Dahmer’s Prison Bible is currently for sale by Cult Collectibles, who previously had the most terrifying items belonging to the cannibal.
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