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The serial killer that I chose to profile is Jeffery Dahmer. Dahmer brings both horrifying, yet amazing qualities to the table in the
respect that he terrorized people, not only those that were his victims, but also people that lived both near and those around the
Section I: Overview
- Jeffery Dahmer
- Born on May 21, 1960, at Evangelical Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Jeffery Dahmer was found beaten by fellow inmates on the morning of November 28, 1994, as was pronounced dead at
- Was given life imprisonment on 15 counts of murder committed in Wisconsin and one committed in Ohio, for which he was
tried separately. He was sentenced to fifteen consecutive life terms for a total of 957 years in prison.
- Jeffery Dahmer was always seen as very shy and isolated at an early age. Dahmer had fantasies about killing men and having
sex with the corpses. Despite the early tendencies of his childhood, Dahmer didn’t act on any of these sexual fantasies until
after he had graduated from highschool in June of 1978. Dahmer picked up a hitchhiker by the name of Steven Hicks, and
eventually Hicks would be the first victim of Dahmer. Dahmer then enrolled at Ohio State University, only to flunk out within
one semester. Next, Dahmer joined the army at the end of 1978, but was discharged for alcoholism and went to live in Florida
before returning to Ohio. Dahmer was then arrested in October of 1981 for drunken and disorderly conduct, so his father sent
him to live with his grandmother in West Allis, Wisconsin. Dahmer had a couple of sexual legal incidents, then kept cool for
about four years. In 1987, Dahmer killed his second victim, Steven Toumi, and would go on a ravenous murder spree after
- Victims were mainly homosexual men, mostly African-American
- Dahmer was active from June 1978 to July 22, 1991
Section II: Childhood
Dahmer was born on May 21, 1960, to Lionel and Joyce Dahmer. Dahmer was wanted and loved despite Joyce’s problems
in pregnancy. Dahmer was a normal, healthy child that showed no signs of mental problems. When Dahmer was four, Lionel
was sweeping under the house for small animals that had been killed by civets. As Lionel gathered the bones Dahmer was
fascinated with the bones of the dead animals. When Dahmer was six, he suffered from a double hernia and needed surgery to
correct the problem. After the surgery, Dahmer seemed to be emotionally scarred by it. It seemed as if he had been exposed
by this surgery and couldn’t recover from it. By the time that Dahmer was in first grade, Lionel started to notice a change in the
personality of the young boy. Dahmer had become very shy and showed a general lack of self-confidence. Jeff had become
distant, whereas he use to be a very outgoing and friendly boy. By the age of fifteen, Jeff would ride around with plastic bags
and collect the remains of animals for his own personal cemetery. He would strip the flesh from the bodies of dead animals that
he had found. There is argument that he loved to torture animals, but that is unlikely because of the love of his own pets. The
stripping of the dead animal’s flesh, but not any sort of harming his own animals showed Dahmer’s fascination with dead
creatures. Dahmer became more introverted and isolated himself from the outside world. He was overcome with fantasies that
would result in the emphasis of dead people and creatures as his main sexual desire.
Dahmer’s parents always had trouble in their marriage, stemming mainly from Dahmer’s mother’s various physical ailments and
her ability to be high strung, which were likely to come from a background in which her father’s alcoholism affected her greatly.
Finally, these troubles in the marriage ended with divorce when Dahmer was eighteen.
Section III: The Crimes and the Victims
In my opinion, Dahmer was a disorganized killer because he was guilty of having most of the distinguishing qualities of that
particular killer, rather than that of an organized serial killer. Dahmer was below average intelligence, low or average birth
status, socially immature, and he seldom dated. The victims were usually chosen because of their sexuality. Dahmer would hang
out in gay bars and just pick up on the homosexuals that would inhabit them. It seems that Dahmer was particular to the
African-American race, but that
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