MONTHS before notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was exposed, his neighbor tried to warn police about the horrors unfolding at his home.
Glenda Cleveland rose to fame as the woman ignored by police when she tried to stop Dahmer two months before he was arrested in 1991.
“Are you sure?” she asked Milwaukee police after disregarding a dazed and naked boy who, as an adult involved in a lovers spat, tried to escape from Dahmer’s house of horrors.
Cleveland’s daughter, Sandra Smith, and her niece, Nicole Childress, had seen the boy on May 27, 1991 in an alley fleeing Dahmer, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
They stayed with him while officers were away but were rebuffed by police about the situation.
However, Cleveland continued to call the police to urge them to take a closer look at Dahmer. She reportedly even tried to call the FBI to no avail.
The boy was actually 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone, who became one of Dahmer’s murder victims.
Five of Dahmer’s 17 gruesome murders, including the boy, occurred after Cleveland alerted the police.
After her suspicions were confirmed when Dahmer was arrested, Cleveland became known as the courageous woman who worked tirelessly to stop the killer.
“I just want to get back to normal,” she told the press after Dahmer’s arrest.
Cleveland has been honored by the Common Council and the County Board, and has also received awards from local women’s groups and the Milwaukee Police Department.
Rev. Jesse Jackson even met with Cleveland in Milwaukee and said, “The police preferred the word of a murderer to an innocent woman.”
Cleveland died of heart disease and high blood pressure in 2010 at the age of 56. However, her daughter blamed the cigarette habit, which Cleveland couldn’t shake.
Ironically, police found her body in her apartment after receiving a civic tip from concerned neighbors who hadn’t seen her in days.
She had stayed in the same house in the neighborhoods of 25th and Kilbourn, where Dahmer killed his victims until 2009.
When asked why she would stay in “that house on haunted hill,” Cleveland told the media, “I’m not going anywhere.”
Cleveland, who worked in data entry until a few years before her death, spent her final years looking after her nine grandchildren.
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