Jeffrey Dahmer was one of the most notorious serial killers of the twentieth century. His gruesome crimes have horrified and fascinated people since they were discovered. There have been many lurid details released to the public. There has also been much gossip and innuendo surrounding this case. In this article, I’ll try to separate some of the facts from fiction about Jeffrey Dahmer.
He tortured and killed animals in his youth.
This is a very popular misconception about Jeffrey Dahmer. Animal abuse is an important “red flag” in children because it often leads to abuse of people when their age progresses. There has been proven to be a link between violence against animals and violence against people, specifically domestic abuse and murder. However, not all serial killers have animal abuse in their backgrounds. Jeffrey Dahmer falls into this category. He did have a deep fascination with dead animals though he found them that way instead of causing their deaths. He “experimented” on road kill. He would often skin dead animals and dissect them. He even experimented with bleaching animal bones just like he would later do with human bones. He said that he liked the sound of animal bones clinking together.
He was a cannibal.
He was, unfortunately for his victims, a cannibal. There is some dispute over how much of a cannibal he was though. It has been claimed that he has only been proven to have eaten part of the bicep muscle of one victim — as if that weren’t enough! Dahmer himself is quoted as saying: “During dismemberment I saved the heart, also meat from the thigh, bicep, liver cut it into small pieces, washed them off, put these in plastic…clear plastic freezer bags and put them on the floor of the freezer. Just as an escalation of trying something new to satisfy. And, I would cook it and then, look at the picture and … It made me feel like they were part of me.”
It was widely rumoured that he ate large sections of his victims, and this very well may be true.. You can just imagine him in his apartment stirring a giant pot full of soup made from his victims. It was also rumoured that he was the president of a Cannibal “society” club. This wasn’t true. In fact, he wasn’t even a member of the gruesome club in question.