Jeffrey Dahmer (May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994) was an American serial killer whose crimes and arrest provoked ceaseless controversies as well as an upsurge of interest in serial murder cases, especially in the United States.
In 1968 when Jeffrey Dahmer was at the age of 8, the family moved from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Bath, Ohio.
While many of his schoolmates were listening to music, Jeffrey was busy collecting animal carcasses or road kill and saving the bones. He spent most of his idle time alone, drowning deep in his own fantasies.
Many people thought that Jeffrey’s non-confrontational was a positive attribute, but it turned out to be nothing more than a form of apathy to the real world; a behavior that made him appear somewhat obedient.
Jeffery committed his first murder also in Bath, Ohio when he was 18 years old. His second murder happened 9 years later, and for the next five years he killed 15 more people, mostly boys and young men in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Most of his victims were poor African American, Latino, or Asian.
There are other serial killers who claimed far more victims, but Jeffrey’s crimes were peculiarly gruesome as they involve not just murders, but also necrophilia and cannibalism.
In February 1992, he was sentenced to 15-consecutive life imprisonment; and another life sentence was added later in May for the 1978 murder case. Jeffrey himself ended up as a murder victim of Christopher Scarver, a fellow inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution, Wisconsin.
Jeffrey Dahmer was not the only serial killer with peculiar childhood adversities. Many unfortunate events happened to him when he was just a young boy.
10 Hernia Surgery Was The Most Likely Cause Of His Changed Behaviors
Born on May 21, 1960 to Lionel and Joyce Dahmer, Jeffrey was – from most accounts – an all around active happy toddler. When he was 6 years old (some sources suggest 4 years old), he had to undergo a hernia surgery. Lionel Dahmer claimed that his son noticeably changed after the procedure, from a jubilant social child to a withdrawn uncommunicative boy.
While the procedure was relatively simple (at least from medical perspective), it left an unforgettable mark in a toddler’s mind. It was possible that the surgery made him feel violated, as he did not really understand what he went through at that time. There was a strong sense of distrust toward adults in him after the surgery. His facial expressions became emotionless.
When police officers discovered his crimes in 1991, they found remains of Jeffrey’s murder victims including skulls, hands, and genitals.
Apparently he collected those body parts as souvenirs or trophies. There is now way to tell if the hernia surgery and keeping genitals of murder victims are actually related, but you cannot rule out the possibility either.