THE story of Jeffrey Dahmer continues to shake the world decades after his brutal assassination attempt that claimed the lives of 17 men and boys.
His reign as the “Monster of Milwaukee” ended after his 1991 arrest and subsequent conviction of 15 of the murders, which earned him multiple life sentences.
Dahmer killed young men between the ages of 14 and 32, and many of them were gay minorities whom he encountered between 1978 and 1991.
His method was dismemberment and he even cannibalized some of his victims while saving their body parts for trophies.
Netflix released a 10-episode drama series about the notorious serial killer on September 21.
Evan Peters plays Dahmer in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which tells the story of his horrific exploits largely through the eyes of his victims.
Weeks after graduating from high school in the summer of 1978, Dahmer committed his first murder after noticing a hitchhiker on the side of the road.
Dahmer lured 18-year-old Steven Hicks, who was en route to a concert in Ohio, into his vehicle with beers and drove him back to his home.
The two began drinking, and after Dahmer’s sexual advances were rejected, he hit Hicks with a barbell before strangling him.
Afterwards, young Dahmer, who had the house to himself while his parents were out of town, dissected his victim’s body and buried it in the garden.
He then dug up the body, dissolved it in acid and smashed the bones with a sledgehammer.
Almost a decade passed before Dahmer’s next murder, which took place when he encountered 25-year-old Steven Tuomi in a bar.
At the time, Dahmer was living with his grandmother in West Allis, Wisconsin.
He had service in the US Army in West Germany, but was deemed unfit for military service due to his heavy recreational drinking.
Dahmer persuaded Tuomi to join him in his hotel room and woke up to see the other man lying in bed with bruises underneath him.
In interviews, Dahmer said that he had no recollection of killing Tuomi, but dismembered his body to dispose of it, severing his head in the process.
After Tuomi’s murder, Dahmer made regular visits to his victims – the third of which came just three months after Tuomi’s horrific death.
That victim was a 14-year-old Native American male prostitute named James Doxtator, whom he paid $50 to pose for nude photos before strangling him and leaving his body in his basement.
He would later dispose of Doxtator in the same manner as Tuomi.
Dahmer met his next victim, 22-year-old Richard Guerrero, outside a Milwaukee bar.
Dahmer offered him $50 to take him back to his grandmother’s house, where Dahmer drugged and strangled him with a leather strap.
He then had sex with Guerrero’s corpse and dismembered his body.
24-year-old aspiring model Anthony Sears met his killer at a bar.
Dahmer convinced Sears to accompany him to his grandmother’s house, where he drugged and strangled him.
He also kept gruesome trophies from that murder – Sears’ head and genitals – because he had found Sears “extraordinarily attractive”.
After that, there was a gap between Anthony Sears and subsequent murder victims when Dahmer was sentenced to a year in prison in September 1988 for sexually assaulting 13-year-old Keison Sinthasomphone.
In May 1990, after his time in prison, Dahmer moved out of his grandmother’s home and now resided in an apartment at 924 North 25th Street in Milwaukee.
He soon met a 32-year-old sex worker named Raymond Smith.
Dahmer offered Smith $50 to come home with him. He then drugged him and strangled him to death.
Dahmer took photos of Smith’s body before dismembering his body but preserving his skull, which he kept alongside Sears’ remains.
In a 1993 interview, Dahmer said he photographed his victims to remember “their looks, their physical beauty.”
“I also wanted to keep…if I couldn’t keep them all with me, I could at least keep their skeletons.”
Dahmer actually knew his seventh victim, 27-year-old Edward Smith.
They had apparently been spotted clubbing together before, and at Dahmer’s trial, Smith’s brother claimed Smith was “trying to be Jeffrey Dahmer’s friend.”
However, Dahmer killed him and stashed some of his body parts in his freezer until they began to decompose and fall apart.
ERNEST MILLER AND DAVID THOMAS
Two of Dahmer’s victims were killed in September 1990: 22-year-old Ernest Miller and 22-year-old David Thomas.
Miller was murdered first, and unlike most of Dahmer’s victims, who were drugged and choked to death, Miller had his throat cut.
Three weeks later, Dahmer met Thomas and managed to get him back to his apartment.
Dahmer then drugged and strangled him, but chose not to keep any of his body parts.
Dahmer pulled on his usual ruse of offering nude photo money to 17-year-old Curtis Straughter, who agreed to return to Dahmer’s apartment.
Like many others, Dahmer then drugged, strangled, photographed and dismembered him.
He kept various parts of his body to cannibalize and save as trophies.
Lindsey, 19, suffered one of the most agonizing deaths while being kept alive for one of Dahmer’s cruel experiments.
After luring Lindsey back to his apartment, Dahmer drugged him – and then drilled a hole in his head and poured hydrochloric acid inside.
Dahmer hoped to put Lindsay in a permanent, submissive state, but Lindsay woke up after the trial claiming he had a headache.
In response, Dahmer drugged him again before strangling him and beheading the young man.
Lindsay’s skull was kept as a trophy and Dahmer attempted to preserve his skin, but after it became too brittle, Dahmer reluctantly disposed of it.
Dahmer met the first victim, 31-year-old Anthony “Tony” Hughes, at a Milwaukee gay bar.
Hughes, who stars in episode six of the series played by Rodney Burford, lost his hearing permanently as a baby due to medications he was taking.
Apparently he was mute too.
The two reportedly met at a gay bar, where Hughes “talked” to people by writing on a legal pad, and he had communicated with Dahmer in the same way.
According to the Associated Press, “On May 24, 1991, Hughes went dancing at a Milwaukee gay bar. Jeffrey Dahmer picked him up, took him home, drugged him, dismembered his body and kept his skull.”
However, it’s possible that Hughes worked for his eventual killer, as his mother said in an interview that her son “had started a new job two weeks earlier and never got his first paycheck.”
His mother couldn’t reach the boyfriend as she only had his first name – Jeffrey.
Hughes was Dahmer’s 12th victim.
Not long after, Dahmer lured 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone — the younger brother of the boy he assaulted in 1988 — to his apartment.
Dahmer tried his “Bohr” experiment again on Sinthasomphone.
While Sinthasomphone managed to escape, Dahmer convinced him to return.
He then continued his drilling experiment again, eventually killing him.
Matthew Turner, 20, died along with many others.
Dahmer met the young man at a bus stop and offered to take him to Milwaukee for a professional photo shoot.
In his apartment, Dahmer strangled Turner and dismembered him.
Dahmer then kept some of Turner’s body parts in his freezer.
Just days after Turner’s murder, Dahmer began a two-week rampage with 23-year-old Jeremiah Weinberger.
Dahmer lured Weinberger from a Chicago bar to his apartment and promised to spend the weekend with him.
Instead, Dahmer drugged him and injected boiling water through his skull, putting him in a coma that would kill him two days later.
Shortly thereafter, Dahmer met 24-year-old Oliver Lacy, who agreed to Dahmer’s offer to take nude photos of him at his apartment.
The two engaged in sexual acts together before Lacy was drugged.
Hoping to extend his time with Lacy, Dahmer attempted to drug him with chloroform to render him unconscious, but his attempts were unsuccessful.
He eventually strangled Lacy and had sex with his corpse before dismembering him.
Lacy was also kept as a sick trophy, with his head and heart placed in Dahmer’s fridge and his skeleton in the freezer.
Days after Lacy’s murder, Dahmer learned he was being fired from his job.
After hearing the news, he lured 25-year-old Joseph Bradehoft to his apartment and strangled him.
Dahmer left Bradehoft’s body on his bed for two days before beheading him.
On July 22, 1991, Dahmer’s luck finally came to an end.
Just days after killing Bradehoft, he lured 32-year-old Tracy Edwards into his apartment by offering to pay him for nude photos.
Edwards managed to escape and he brought officers to Dahmer’s apartment.
Police found more than enough evidence to see that Edwards wasn’t Jeffery Dahmer’s only victim.
Dahmer was beaten to death by Christopher Scarver, a fellow inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution.
He died in prison in Portage, Wisconsin, on November 28, 1994, at the age of 34.
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