Jeffrey Dahmer By Rebecka Nelson, counseling and mental health, 4/11, period 6.

Jeffrey Dahmer was responsible for dismembering 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Dahmer also indulged in necrophilia and cooking body parts of his victim, then eating them.

Background: Notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 21, 1960, into the household of Lionel and Joyce Dahmer. He was described as an energetic and happy child until the age of 4, when surgery to correct a double hernia seemed to effect a change in the boy. Noticeably subdued, he became increasingly withdrawn following the birth of his younger brother and the family's frequent moves. By his early teens, he was disengaged, tense and largely friendless.

Jeffrey Dahmer and his family

Background: Dahmer claims that his compulsions toward necrophilia and murder began around the age of 14, but it appears that the breakdown of his parents' marriage and their acrimonious divorce a few years later may have been the catalyst for turning these thoughts into actions.

Mental illness: Jeffery Dahmer was known to be a very insecure person, with a move from Wisconsin to Ohio at eight years of age, and a parents' divorce when he was 17. As a result, Jeffery began to show signs of a person with antisocial personality disorder. The causes of antisocial personality disorder are unknown, but it is believed that genetics and other aspects of a persons life will contribute to one developing antisocial personality disorder. People who have antisocial personality disorder tend to not have any regard for right and wrong, and their ways of thinking, perceiving situations, and dealing with people are destructive and abnormal. Dahmer's alcoholism throughout his life most likely compounded this personality disorder and made his perception of right and wrong to become skewed.

Victims background: Dahmer's first victim was a hitchhiker named Steven Hicks and Dahmer took him home to his parents' house, where he proceeded to get the young man drunk. When Hicks tried to leave, Dahmer killed him by striking him in the head and strangling him with a barbell. He dismembered the corpse of his first victim, packed the body parts in plastic bags and buried them behind his parents' home. He later exhumed the remains, crushed the bones with a sledgehammer and scattered them across a wooded ravine. Most of Dahmer's victims were African American men that he would pick up at gay bars.

Dahmer's victims

Victims background: Dahmer would take pictures while killing his victims to look back at them and experience the event again. He would also keep souvenirs of his victims. He would keep their heads or genitals and other body parts and eat them later on.

How he was apprehended: Before Dahmer was arrested he was on probation for fondling a thirteen year old boy. Dahmer's probation officer would never visit him at Dahmer's house because he was overbooked. So Dahmer would go into the station for his probation meetings. Dahmer's murderous rampage might have continued indefinitely had one of his victims not escaped. Running down a Milwaukee street with a pair of handcuffs dangling from one wrist, Tracy Edwards, 32, told police that Dahmer was trying to kill him. Dahmer was arrested without a struggle.

How he was apprehended: On that day, in his apartment, police found body parts and severed heads in his fridge, freezer, filing cabinet, even in a kettle, which "contained what are thought to be decomposing hands and a male genital organ." He quickly confessed to 11 murders, and later, to the killing and dismembering 17 people between 1978 and 1991.

Dahmer's Apartment

Trial/sentence: Dahmer was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms in jail after the court rejected his insanity plea, but died in 1994 after fellow inmate Charles Scarver beat him to death.

Charles Scarver, the man who killed Jeffrey Dahmer.

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