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Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer

  • Birth 21 May 1960 West Allis, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 28 Nov 1994 Portage, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: After a court battle, his parents, who are divorced, each received half of his remains.
  • Memorial ID 5186

Serial Killer, having killed an estimated 16 men and boys. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, his parents divorced when he was 18, shortly after his first, undetected (later confirmed) killing in June 1978 of a hitchhiker, Steven Hicks. His father sent him to college, at Ohio State University, but he flunked out in the first semester, as he was drunk most of the time. His father then sent him into the Army in 1978, where he was stationed in Germany, but was barred from reenlisting due to alcoholism. He eventually moved to Milwaukee, and in 1989, one of his sexual victims complained to police and he was arrested for child molestation (at this point, he had already killed four men). In a bizarre twist, he convinced the judge that he only needed psychological help, and he was released with a 5 year probation on good behavior. He moved to Cleveland in 1989. In June 1990, he began a killing spree that continued until he was caught on July 22, 1991, when one of his intended victims escaped and went to the police. Upon investigation, Dahmer had selected mainly gay and black men for his victims, often taking photos of them, and having sex with their dead bodies. To dispose of the bodies, he cut them up and buried them, but kept parts of their bodies as trophies, and ate some of them. When police arrested him, he had 4 victim's heads in the refrigerator. Dahmer was tried on fifteen counts of murder and sentenced to 957 years in jail (consecutive life terms). He was sentenced to the Columbia Correctional Institute in Portage, Wisconsin, where another inmate, Christopher Scarver, who was in prison on a first-degree murder charge, killed him. Dahmer's father, Lionel Dahmer, later wrote a book about his son, "A Father's Story," which chronicled their efforts to raise a good child only to discover he had grown up to be a monster.

Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 19 Apr 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5186
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (21 May 1960–28 Nov 1994), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5186, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, who reports a After a court battle, his parents, who are divorced, each received half of his remains..