A TRUE crime thriller fan who has collected the most Jeffrey Dahmer items in the world has revealed the most chilling memento in his collection.
Taylor James of Vancouver, Canada, launched Cult Collectibles, an online collection of cult and true crime memorabilia, at the start of the Covid pandemic.
He told The Sun Online how he got started and that material on Jeffrey Dahmer was by far the hardest to come by.
His collection includes letters, documents, cutlery, books, his prison bible and even his EYEWEAR.
And he said the most disturbing item in his collection was a dossier of letters the killer received from an obsessed fan.
The fan – a woman – wrote him several letters a day, convinced that she had a “personal connection” to the cannibal killer.
“Dahmer is one of the most notorious serial killers in America, but there isn’t much material on him,” he said.
“When it comes to collecting objects, John Wayne Gacy painted hundreds of works of art in prison and Richard Ramirez wrote thousands of letters from behind bars.
“But Dahmer was only in prison for two years before he was murdered.”
However, during his short time behind bars, Dahmer was inundated with letters, many of which James saw and studied.
“Dahmer received so many letters that he didn’t have time to respond to most of them,” he said.
“His family had to take a lot of them home because he was only allowed so many letters in his cell.”
A third of the letters, James says, were from people trying to “understand” his crimes and learn more about why he was doing what he was doing.
About another third came from religious people. Dahmer became a born-again Christian behind bars and an autographed Bible he kept in his cell is one of the items available for sale on James’ website.
But the final third of the letters, James says, came from “fanatics” infatuated with the twisted cannibal killer.
“People wrote love letters to Dahmer and said, ‘You are misunderstood’, ‘I love you’, ‘I wish I could be with you’.”
Although a large portion of the love letters Dahmer received were from gay men, James says the majority were from straight women who were convinced he would fall in love with her.
People wrote love letters to Dahmer saying, “You’re misunderstood,” “I love you,” “I wish I could be with you.”
“They believed that he was going to be straight to be with them or that he wasn’t really gay and hadn’t met the ‘right’ woman, there was a lot of deception,” he said.
“These women wrote a narrative in their minds about what they believed to be him.”
The most shocking letters in James’ collection came from a woman who appeared to have sent dozens of messages to Dahmer without ever receiving a reply.
Sometimes she even sent several letters in one day.
“She was like, ‘Hey, I wrote you a letter five hours ago, I’ll write you another one now. I know I upset you. I’m sorry, please forgive me. You’re so important to me,’” James said.
“The woman felt she had a personal connection to Dahmer.”
In addition to letters, James also received prison vouchers and cash behind bars, usually $10, $15, or $20 at a time, according to James.
A devotee even bought him a typewriter, which the killer then used to write all of his future letters.
Others sent him photos of themselves and, eerily, even their families.
“People would send the photos and say, ‘This is what I look like, get in touch if you want to talk,’ almost like a dating profile,” James said.
“A man was visiting Milwaukee, where Dahmer was from, and sent him a batch of Polaroids of the city along with a letter asking if he recognized any of the landmarks.”
James also gave Dahmer a large number of non-delivery notifications from prison, indicating that some of the letters he received were deemed by prison guards too explicit or inappropriate for the serial killer to receive.
Many of Dahmer’s letters were compiled into a book by James called Dear Dahmer – Letters to the Milwaukee Cannibal.
He also has a number of items from Dahmer’s pre-prison days, such as family photos, a high school project, and artwork he made in elementary school.
From his collection, James says, an image emerges of Dahmer as a psychopath who spoke coldly and dispassionately openly about what he had done.
“He’s one of the most straight forward serial killers,” he said. “As soon as he was caught he confessed to everything, he was transparent from the start. He had no problem talking about what he had done.”
While other serial killers like Gacy and Ted Bundy denied their crimes to the death, Dahmer admitted everything he did, James says.
But even though he was open, that didn’t mean he showed any remorse for what he had done.
“Dahmer was repentant in a sense that he said his crimes were beyond his control,” he said.
“He didn’t enjoy killing people, but he saw it as a means to an end.”
James understands why many critics find what he does exploitative or even accuse him of profiting from human suffering.
“I make people feel that way and I have no problem with people not liking what I do,” he said. “I would never argue with anyone who was personally affected by the actions of these killers.”
However, he adds: “Netflix just did the Dahmer series and the people who were involved with it are going to make more money than I ever did.
“These are historical artifacts. If it’s not for you, it’s not for you. I understand this is a controversial target, but I think I’m an easier target for critics than a giant company like Netflix.”
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