THE story of Jeffrey Dahmer continues to shock the world decades after his violent murder spree, which took the lives of 17 men and boys.
Dahmer killed young men, ranging in age from 14 to 32, and many of them were gay minorities who he came across between 1978 to 1991.
His method was dismemberment and he even cannibalized some of his victims while preserving their body parts for trophies.
Weeks after graduating high school in the summer of 1978, Dahmer committed his first murder after noticing a hitchhiker on the side of the road.
Dahmer lured 18-year-old Steven Hicks, who was on his way to a concert in Ohio, into his vehicle with beer and drove him back to his house.
The two began drinking and, after Dahmer’s sexual advances were rejected, he struck Hicks with a dumbbell before strangling him.
Afterward, the young Dahmer, who had the house to himself while his parents were out of town, dissected his victim’s body and buried it in the garden.
He would go on to dig the body up and dissolve it in acid and crushed the bones with a sledgehammer.
Nearly a decade went by before Dahmer’s next murder, which took place when he encountered 25-year-old Steven Tuomi at a bar.
At this time, Dahmer was living with his grandmother in West Allis, Wisconsin.
He had a stint in the US Army in West Germany but was deemed unsuitable for military service due to his heavy drinking while off-duty.
Dahmer persuaded Tuomi to join him in his hotel room, waking up to find the other man lying under him in bed covered in bruises.
In interviews, Dahmer said that he had no memory of killing Tuomi but dismembered his body in an effort to dispose of him, severing his head in the process.
Following the murder of Tuomi, Dahmer would go on to regularly seek out his victims – the third of which came only three months after Tuomi’s horrific death.
That victim was a 14-year-old native American male prostitute named James Doxtator, whom he paid $50 to pose for nude pictures before strangling him and leaving his body in his basement.
He would later dispose of Doxtator in the same manner as Tuomi.
Dahmer met his next victim, 22-year-old Richard Guerrero, outside of a Milwaukee bar.
Dahmer offered him $50 to return with him to his grandmother’s home, where Dahmer drugged and strangled him with a leather strap.
He then had sex with Guerrero’s corpse and dismembered his body.
Anthony Sears, a 24-year-old aspiring model, met his killer at a bar.
Dahmer convinced Sears to accompany him to his grandmother’s home, where he drugged and strangled him.
He also kept gruesome trophies from this murder — Sears’ head and genitals — because he’d reportedly found Sears “exceptionally attractive.”
There was a gap between Sears’ and the following murders as Dahmer was sentenced to a year in prison for sexually assaulting 13-year-old Keison Sinthasomphone in September 1988.
In May 1990, Dahmer moved out of his grandmother’s home following his time in prison, now residing at an apartment in 924 North 25th Street in Milwaukee.
He soon met a 32-year-old sex worker named Raymond Smith.
Dahmer offered Smith $50 to come home with him. He then drugged him and strangled him to death.
Dahmer took photos of Smith’s corpse before dismembering his body but preserved his skull, which he kept next to Sears’ remains.
In a 1993 interview, Dahmer said that he photographed his victims as a way to remember “their appearance, their physical beauty.”
“I also wanted to keep… if I couldn’t keep them there with me whole, I at least could keep their skeletons.”
Dahmer was actually acquainted with his seventh victim, 27-year-old Edward Smith.
They’d apparently been seen together at clubs before, and at Dahmer’s trial, Smith’s brother alleged that Smith had “tried to be Jeffrey Dahmer’s friend.”
However, Dahmer killed him and stashed some of his body parts in his freezer until they started to degrade and fall apart.
ERNEST MILLER AND DAVID THOMAS
Two of Dahmer’s victims were killed during the month of September 1990: 22-year-old Ernest Miller and 22-year-old David Thomas.
Miller was murdered first, and unlike most of Dahmer’s victims who were drugged and strangled to death, Miller’s throat was cut.
Three weeks later, Dahmer met Thomas and managed to get him back to his apartment.
Dahmer then drugged and strangled him, but chose not to keep any of his body parts.
Dahmer used his usual trick of offering money for nude photos to 17-year-old Curtis Straughter, who agreed to return to Dahmer’s apartment.
Like with many of his other victims, Dahmer then drugged, strangled, photographed, and dismembered Straughter.
He kept various parts of his body, both to cannibalize and save as trophies.
Lindsey, 19, suffered one of the most agonizing deaths as he was kept alive for one of Dahmer’s gruesome experiments.
After luring Lindsey back to his apartment, Dahmer drugged him — and then drilled a hole in his head and poured hydrochloric acid into it.
Dahmer hoped to put Lindsay in a permanent, submissive state, but Lindsay woke up after the process, claiming that he had a headache.
In response, Dahmer drugged him again before strangling him and decapitating the young man.
Lindsay’s skull was kept as a trophy and Dahmer attempted to preserve his skin but after it became too brittle, Dahmer reluctantly disposed of it.
Dahmer met the next victim, 31-year-old Anthony “Tony” Hughes, at a Milwaukee gay bar.
Hughes, who appears in episode six of the Netflix series and is played by Rodney Burford, permanently lost his hearing as a baby due to medication he was taking.
He was also apparently mute.
The two reportedly met at a gay bar where Hughes “spoke” to people by writing on a notepad, and he had communicated with Dahmer the same way.
According to the Associated Press, Hughes “went dancing at a Milwaukee gay bar on May 24, 1991. Jeffrey Dahmer picked him up, took him home, drugged him, dismembered his body and kept his skull.”
However, it’s possible that Hughes might have worked for his eventual killer, as his mother said in an interview that her son had “taken a new job two weeks earlier and never got his first paycheck.”
His mother couldn’t reach out to the friend as she only had his first name – Jeffrey.
Hughes was Dahmer’s 12th victim.
Not long afterward, Dahmer lured 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone — the younger brother of the boy he’d assaulted back in 1988 — to his apartment.
Dahmer attempted his “drilling” experiment again on Sinthasomphone.
While Sinthasomphone managed to escape, Dahmer convinced him to return.
He then continued his drilling experiment again, which eventually killed him.
Matthew Turner, 20, died just like many others had.
Dahmer met the young man at a bus station and offered to take him to Milwaukee for a professional photo shoot.
At his apartment, Dahmer strangled Turner and dismembered him.
Dahmer then preserved some of Turner’s body parts in his freezer.
Just days after killing Turner, Dahmer went on a two-week killing spree starting with 23-year-old Jeremiah Weinberger.
Dahmer lured Weinberger from a Chicago bar to his apartment, promising to spend the weekend with him.
Instead, Dahmer drugged him and injected boiling water through his skull, putting him in a coma that would kill him two days later.
Shortly after that, Dahmer met 24-year-old Oliver Lacy, who agreed to Dahmer’s offer to take nude photos of him at his apartment.
The two engaged in sexual acts together before Lacy was drugged.
Dahmer hoped to lengthen his time with Lacy, trying to drug him with chloroform to make him unconscious, but his attempts were unsuccessful.
He eventually strangled Lacy, having sex with his corpse before dismembering him.
Lacy was kept as a sick trophy as well, with his head and heart being placed in Dahmer’s fridge and his skeleton in the freezer.
Days after Lacy’s murder, Dahmer learned that he was fired from his job.
After hearing the news, he lured 25-year-old Joseph Bradehoft to his apartment and strangled him.
Dahmer left Bradehoft’s body on his bed for two days before decapitating him.
On July 22, 1991, Dahmer’s luck finally ran out.
Just days after he killed Bradehoft, he lured 32-year-old Tracy Edwards to his apartment by offering to pay him for nude photos.
Edwards managed to escape and brought officers to Dahmer’s apartment.
The police found more than enough evidence to see that Edwards was not the only victim of Dahmer.
After his conviction in 15 murders, Dahmer was bludgeoned to death by Christopher Scarver, a fellow inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution.
He died aged 34 on November 28, 1994, at the prison in Portage, Wisconsin.