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How many people did Jeffrey Dahmer kill? Who his victims were and how he was caught

The i 9/28/2022 E-obyrnemulligan

A new Netflix series shines a spotlight on the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, who murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.

Over 10 episodes, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, a true-crime drama, tells the story of the victims and the failure of police to apprehend Dahmer on multiple occasions.

Following his eventual capture, Dahmer was beaten to death by a fellow inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin on 28 November, 1994.

Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims

Dahmer, known as the Milwaukee Monster or Cannibal, is known to have killed 17 people between 1978 and the date of his capture in 1991. All of them were young, mainly Black, Asian, or Latino men.

Dahmer’s first victim was Steven Hicks, a hitchhiker he befriended and invited back to his parents’ home in Ohio for beers on 18 June, 1978. There he knocked the 18-year-old unconscious with a dumb-bell, strangled him, dissected the body and buried the remains in a shallow grave in the garden.

Steven Tuomi was his second victim, killed in a rented room at the Ambassador Hotel in Milwaukee on 20 November, 1987. Dahmer claimed he had no intention of killing the 25-year-old after inviting him back to his room but awoke to find him dead on his bed.

Actor Evan Peters plays serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the Netflix series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story , a true-crime drama , tells the story of the victims and the failure of police to apprehend Dahmer on multiple occasions. (Photo: Rich Polk/Getty) © Provided by The i Actor Evan Peters plays serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the Netflix series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story , a true-crime drama , tells the story of the victims and the failure of police to apprehend Dahmer on multiple occasions. (Photo: Rich Polk/Getty)

His third victim was 14-year-old James Doxtator, who he met outside a gay bar in Wisconsin on 16 January, 1988. Dahmer lured him to his grandmother’s home in West Allis, where he strangled him and kept his body in the basement before dismembering and discarding with the rubbish. No remains were ever found.

On 24 March the same year, Dahmer drugged and strangled Richard Guerrero in his bedroom in West Allis. After dismembering and discarding the 22-year-old’s body, he kept the skull for several months.

A year later on 25 March, Dahmer drugged and strangled Anthony Sears at his grandmother’s home. The 24-year-old’s skull and genitals were found in a filing cabinet at Dahmer’s home when he was arrested in 1991.

In 1990, Dahmer took the lives of four men in the space of as many months while living at his apartment in Milwaukee.

On 20 May, he killed Raymond Smith at the apartment by drugging him with sleeping pills and then strangling him. He later spray-painted the 32-year-old’s skull and kept it in a filing cabinet.

A month later on 14 June, he drugged and strangled a former acquaintance, Edward Smith. He accidentally destroyed all the remains and so was unable to keep any body parts.

The former site of the apartment building where serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer lived (Photo: Steve Kagan/Getty) © Provided by The i The former site of the apartment building where serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer lived (Photo: Steve Kagan/Getty)

Dahmer met Ernest Miller outside a bookshop on 2 September, 1990, drugged him and then knifed him in the neck at his apartment. Then, three weeks later, on 24 September, he strangled David Thomas at his apartment before dismembering him. No remains were ever found.

In 1991, Dahmer began the most prolific part of his killing spree, taking the lives of eight men before his eventual capture.

On 18 February, he lured 17-year-old Curtis Straughter to his apartment where he drugged and strangled him. Dahmer kept his skull, hands and genitals. Errol Lindsey was killed on 7 April after Dahmer had drilled into his skull.

The following month, he took the lives of Tony Hughes on 24 May and then 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone on 27 May. The youth had managed to escape the apartment and alerted police but Dahmer convinced officers they were lovers.

Dahmer met Matt Turner on 30 June at the Chicago Pride Parade, brought him back to his apartment where he drugged and strangled him.

The following month he murdered Jeremiah Weinberger on 5 July after drilling into his skull. He then killed Oliver Lacy on 15 July by drugging and strangling him. And finally, on 19 July, Dahmer killed father-of-three Joseph Bradehoft.

How was he caught?

Dahmer’s spree ended in July 1991, after he invited Tracy Edwards back to his apartment, offering to pay him $100 to pose for nude photographs. Dahmer handcuffed the 32-year-old, but he managed to escape and raise the alarm with two police officers on the street.

The officers returned to the apartment, where they found body parts in various states of decomposition. On his arrest, Dahmer said: “For what I did I should be dead.”

He was convicted of 15 of the 16 murders he had committed in Wisconsin and sentenced to 15 terms of life imprisonment. He was later sentenced to a sixteenth term for a murder he had committed in Ohio.

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