Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer developed an appetite for violence and torture during his military career, which was cut short due to alcohol abuse issues.
The Netflix series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has put the serial killer back in the spotlight. While it has repeatedly been suggested that Dahmer was killed in the line of duty, investigations into unsolved murders during his draft were fruitless.
The serial killer and cannibal took the lives of his 17 known male victims between 1978 and 1991, mostly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Dahmer was in the military as a medic during his killing spree, where he left a dark past after sexually assaulting two men while on duty.
Dahmer, who was stationed in Germany, was eventually found unfit for duty due to heavy alcohol abuse.
On March 24, 1981, he was honorably discharged from his position after completing just two years of his initial three-year tenure.
Preston Davis, 58, was just 20 when he worked alongside Dahmer in the medical department.
According to the Daily News, Davis said he was raped by the serial killer in October 1979.
He was on a mission in Belgium with Dahmer when their military vehicle broke down and was towed to a train station.
“Sometime during this period I was sexually assaulted, which included penetration.”
“I think I was drugged because I was wasting time and have memory lapses. I must have been so ashamed because I barely remembered the event.”
Davis, an African American, was frequently uncomfortable with Dahmer’s overt racism.
He said: “[Dahmer] was a very racist person and when he started drinking he became a very obnoxious person.”
There was one reason Dahmer didn’t kill Davis.
“The reason he didn’t kill me – he said after I left, ‘I should have killed that N—– when I had the chance’ – but that was the reason he didn’t kill me could: It was us in the middle of Belgium.
“He had no idea how to get back to Germany.”
By 2009, Davis was unable to address the memory, saying, “My mind had shut down the entire time.”
After Davis left his service, Dahmer’s next victim would join the service.
Billy Capshaw was 17 when he first crossed paths with the frequently abusive Dahmer.
“Jeff Dahmer was a sociopath, a psychopath, a narcissist — he was crazy,” he told TheWrap.
Capshaw didn’t come forward with his story until after his father’s death because his experience “was too embarrassing and I didn’t want my father to know”.
During his time as Dahmer’s roommate, Capshaw was tied to his bed, beaten, and tortured by the killer.
He was even locked in his room by Dahmer, who controlled the room’s only key, and his family’s mail was often searched.
Others reportedly knew of the abuse and brought Capshaw back to Dahmer during his multiple escape attempts.
“He tied me to the bunk with a fleet rope,” he said.
The multiple killer “took all my clothes off of me. He either hit me before he raped me or he hit me afterwards.
“I thought about killing him and I thought about killing myself,” Capshaw admitted.
Dahmer’s father was the one who pushed him to join the Army after his son dropped out of Ohio State University three months into his education there.
He served in the 2nd Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 8th Infantry Division for nearly two years, The Cinemaholic reported.
At the debriefing in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the military gave Dahmer a plane ticket to anywhere.
He first went to Miami Beach, but his family lived in Ohio, so he ended up there just a few months later, according to The Cinemaholic.
A decade later, one of Dahmers’ escaped victims led authorities to the harrowing apartment where skulls, body parts and human hearts were found.
Dahmer was subsequently sentenced to 16 life terms in 1992.
At the time of his sentencing, the death penalty was not legal in the state of Wisconsin.
In November 1994, Dahmer was beaten to death by prison inmate Christopher Scarver.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6297114/jeffrey-dahmer-kicked-out-of-military-service/ Insights into the life of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the military, including reasons he was fired and ill-behaved behavior