Jeffery Dahmer continues to fascinate

It’s been 30 years since the fluke arrest of Jeffery Dahmer and the fascination with the Milwaukee cannibal killer lives on.

Jeffery Dahmer mug shot

On July 22, 1991, police arrested 31-year-old Dahmer after a victim escaped from his apartment, running down a city street with a pair of handcuffs dangling from his wrist.

The 32 year-old male victim, flagged down a police car, and said Dahmer had tried to kill him.  He led them to Dahmer’s apartment where police soon discovered a house of horrors that included dismembered body parts and Polaroid photographs of his dead victims.

Dahmer quickly confessed to police, admitting he killed 17 men over a 13-year period, from 1978 to 1991. 

Jeffery Dahmer arrest coverage by media

The male victims were usually lured them from shopping malls and bars with offers to pose for pictures for money. Most victims were on the fringes of society, who were often itinerant or borderline criminal, making their disappearances less noticeable which was part of the reason it took so long for Dahmer to get caught.

Two months before his arrest police were called when Dahmer was seen chasing a naked and bleeding 14-year-old boy down an alley. But the responding officers believed Dahmer when he said it was a domestic dispute and returned the boy to Dahmer’s apartment, where he was later killed.

Jeffery Dahmer at trial

In 1992, Dahmer pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms in jail but was beaten to death two years later by a fellow inmate.

Before his death Dahmer granted a couple of jailhouse interviews including this one with Inside Edition Reporter Nancy Glass. Dahmer said he killed his victims because he wanted to keep them with him permanently.

Dahmer’s case helped bring the pop-culture obsession with true crime to a new level.  There have been dozens of books and movies about his case which continues to fascinate true crime junkies. 

Netflix has announced a 10 part limited series about the killer called Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. The series, which will star Evan Peters as Dahmer is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2022.

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