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Jeffrey Dahmer: Fact or Fiction?

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.

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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.

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  1. Louise Stone

    On October 17, 2008 at 6:59 am

    There are quite a few cases here in UK where police have had murderers in for questioning, sometimes for lesser crimes, only to be released to kill again. How many lives may have been saved, I wonder.
    A very interesting and well written article

  2. lanne

    On October 17, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Very interesting article. I hope that someday they will find a way to know just what makes people like this tick. I think it is the fact that we don`t know that makes reading about them so interesting.

  3. Jason Koch

    On October 17, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Very interesting. I especially enjoy the pictures. Altough the article is a little choppy and robotic if seems factual and you appear to be knowledgable on the subject.
    I am currently writing a couple of novels about serial killers.

  4. thestickman

    On October 17, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Wow… great tale. Scary.

    Oh, “….Each death of an inmate is treated as if it were a crime and the chain of “evidence” needs to be preserved at all costs for future court proceedings.”

    This should be “chain of evidence” as it is a legal expression, not

    …chain of “evidence”

    -Great story… deserves ‘hot content’ placement. :)

  5. Paula Mitchell-Bentley

    On October 17, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for all the comments! #1 – Louise: It’s amazing and tragic what can sometimes slip by the police. However, it’s important to remember how important their jobs are and to realize they’re only human. Tough though for sure.
    #2 Lanne: Thanks for the compliment! I wish we could figure out how and why these people do what they do. Maybe then it could be prevented.
    #3 Jason: Ouch. It’s a list, not a novel. Glad you liked the pictures if not the writing though. Good luck.
    #4: thestickman: Thanks so much — I’ve submitted a fix already. I sort of did it on purpose meaning “evidence” as in a dead guy but you’re totally right. Critical feedback that’s actually useful!

  6. Lucas DiƩ

    On October 28, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    well the fix is up, I see :)

    fascinating content and well presented

  7. Kim Buck

    On November 1, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Truly interested in your choice of content here. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Jay

    On July 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Wow I love you Jeffery you were awsome. You was better than Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy.

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