In Jeffrey Dahmer’s chilling interviews – how he singled out victims to claim “killing was just a means to an end”

JEFFREY Dahmer’s chilling interviews in the months leading up to his death have recently resurfaced, providing insight into his infamous killing spree.

In interviews conducted in 1993 — the year before the “Milwaukee Cannibal” was killed in prison — and 1994, Dahmer revealed more about his killings, claiming it was “just a means to an end.”

Dahmer's chilling interviews have reappeared in a variety of Netflix specials


Dahmer’s chilling interviews have reappeared in a variety of Netflix specialsPhoto credit: Inside Edition
Dahmer gave his last interviews before he was killed in 1994


Dahmer gave his last interviews before he was killed in 1994Photo credit: MSNBC
Dahmer was charged with 16 murders


Dahmer was charged with 16 murdersPhoto credit: Police handout

In the last interview he gave before his death, Dahmer said killing “has become a compulsion” after growing up with a fascination with dead animals.

“It went from animals to people. I still don’t get it, I don’t know why,” he told MSNBC.

He committed his first murder at age 18, killing hitchhiker Steven Hicks.

“It just seemed so bizarre to me, this obsession that I had in mind and wanted … all the pieces are there and they make it possible to make it happen,” he said.

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“Killing wasn’t the goal. I just wanted to have the person under my complete control so they can do whatever I want.”

Dahmer told Dateline NBC in a separate interview that “the murder was a means to an end.”

“That was the least satisfying part. I didn’t like doing that. That’s why I tried to create living zombies with uric acid in the drill [to the head]but it never worked.”


Dahmer also spoke to Inside Edition about a year before his death and provided more insight into his killing spree.

“I had this obsessive desire to control them…to own them permanently,” Dahmer told Inside Edition of his victims in 1993.

“As my obsession increased, I saved body parts like skulls and skeletons.”

Dahmer said he targeted victims “not because I hated them or because I was mad at them, but because I wanted to keep them with me.”

“I always knew it was wrong, but the first murder wasn’t planned.

“For over a decade, no one had any idea what was happening.”

Dahmer initially began tasting his victims out of “curiosity,” he told the outlet.

But over time, he claims it’s because he “wanted them to feel part of me.”

“I kept the mummified head and skull of one of my victims in a tote bag in my locker at work,” he said.

“The compulsion was so strong. The desire was so strong.

“I wanted to keep the person with me.”

But when Dahmer was caught in 1991, everything changed.

“There was no point in hiding my actions anymore,” Dahmer said, explaining why he was helping the police.

“The best way was to help the police identify all the victims and get a full confession.”

The Milwaukee Cannibal

The killer was nicknamed the “Milwaukee Cannibal” after 13 years of murderous terror.

Raised in a dysfunctional home, Dahmer was a natural loner who developed a strange affinity for dead animals as a child.

As he got older, the gay man began drinking heavily and had illicit fantasies about physically and sexually incapacitating men.

Immediately after high school in 1978, the fantasy became a reality when he picked up a hitchhiker named Steven Hicks on the pretense that the two were drinking together.

Dahmer incapacitated the 18-year-old man before strangling him to death and dissecting his body in his basement.

Nine years passed before he moved to live with his grandmother in Wisconsin, where he committed a series of haunting murders.

Little did his grandmother know that while the two lived together, Dahmer spent his time picking up strangers in gay bars and bathhouses before drugging and murdering them in the basement.

Moving into Milwaukee’s Oxford Apartments, the serial killer lost complete control and indulged in every violent impulse he could think of.

He would drill holes in people’s heads, pour acid into their brains to turn them into zombies, and continue to have sex with their corpses.

He was arrested by Milwaukee police officers on July 22, 1991 after one of his victims, Tracy Edwards, managed to escape.

Searching his home, officers discovered a nightstand drawer full of disturbing Polaroid photos of his victims and their dismembered bodies.

He later confessed to having his victims pose for pictures on a black table that he wanted to make part of his altar.

As of September 14, 1991, he was charged with 16 murders, many of which were committed at his Milwaukee home.

Dahmer received 16 consecutive life sentences, most recently in May 1992 for the murder of his first victim, hitchhiker Hicks.

Dahmer was imprisoned at Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin.

He spent his first year in solitary confinement for security reasons before being transferred to another unit.

Two years after his conviction, Dahmer was killed by a fellow inmate.

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On November 28, 1994, Dahmer was beaten to death by convicted murderer Christopher Scarver.

Dahmer’s story has been featured in a variety of series and specials – including the new Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix. In Jeffrey Dahmer’s chilling interviews – how he singled out victims to claim “killing was just a means to an end”


DevanCole is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DevanCole joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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