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Who is Jeffrey Dahmer’s defence lawyer Wendy Patrickus? English Headline


JEFFREY Dahmer was convicted of the murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.

During the trial, Wendy Patrickus was tasked with defending Dahmer and now she has opened up about working on behalf of the serial killer in a new Netflix documentary.

Jeffrey Dahmer was convicted of the murder and dismemberment of 17 boys and men in Milwaukee, Wisconsin between 1978 and 1991

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Jeffrey Dahmer was convicted of the murder and dismemberment of 17 boys and men in Milwaukee, Wisconsin between 1978 and 1991Credit: AFP – Getty

Who was Jeffrey Dahmer’s defense attorney Wendy Patrickus?

Jeffrey Dahmer has been the focus of many documentaries over the years, after he was convicted of 17 murders, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In 2022 he will be the focus of yet another documentary, Conversations With A Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes.

Participating in the Netflix series is Wendy Patrickus, who was once Jeffrey Dahmer’s defence attorney.

Patrickus was just 25 when she was assigned to Dahmer’s Case, was one year out of law school and had just moved to Milwaukee.

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She was first sent to speak to Dahmer by her boss, Gerald Boyle, who was also working as the killer’s attorney at the time.

Speaking in the documentary, the former defence attorney said: ”When I first went to see him it was a very small interview room.

”There was Jeff sitting in the corner of the table.

“I was incredibly nervous, because this is something that I felt was way over my head. I felt like Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs.”

What has she said about Jeffrey Dahmer?

In the new Netflix documentary, Patrickus tells how she had to build a rapport with the serial killer in order to carry out her duties.

This is only the third time in 30 years that the attorney has given an insight into her time spent with Dahmer.

Speaking of building a rapport with Dahmer, she said: “In order to be a good defence attorney, you have to be non-judgemental and develop a trust.

“He called me Wendy, and I called him Jeff.”

On the tapes Patrickus can be heard telling Dahmer: ”This is okay, Jeff. I mean, don’t be embarrassed about it. Am I making you uncomfortable?”

Dahmer then goes on to reveal how his crimes were something he found difficult to discuss.

Patrickus has also spoke about Dahmer in a book she and author Rusty Lemorande published in March 2022.

Titled Defending the Devil: Inside The Trial Of My Client Jeffrey Dahmer, Patrickus reveals more than 20 hours of previously unreleased private recordings of her conversations with the infamous killer.

The book also shares an insight into Dahmer’s methods of attack, the why and how of his cannibalism and the shrines built of human remains in his apartment.

She also opens up about her motivations, the bond she formed with her client, and why she still believes the conviction and sentence Dahmer received were wrong.

When is Conversations With A Killer out on Netflix?

True crime fans will be able to watch Conversations With A Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes on the streaming platform on Friday, October 7, 2022, at 8am BST.

The Conversations With A Killer franchise, which has previously looked at serial killers John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy.





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