Jeffery Dahmer is hands down one of the most notorious serial killers. Dahmer murdered and raped 17 victims over the course of sixteen years. He raised the bar for the most gruesome deaths in history. Jeffrey Dahmer began his life as a normal suburban kid who played with similar children in his neighborhood; His fascination with death and dark, gruesome subjects started at a very young age and grew into a strong part of his personality as a juvenile. Jeffery was born on May 21, 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The profile of Jeffery Dahmer is unlike any cookie cutter serial killer, as he was not abused as a small child with the exception of claims that he was molested by a neighbor, which Dahmer said was untrue. Damher's childhood was fairly normal. His mother Joyce had some psychological problems, but he had a loving father who tried to be communicative with his quiet and isolated son. His fascination with death started at a young age by playing with the bones of dead animals.
The most important part of Dahmer's motivation was his own pleasure and his egotistic, overbearing control of his victim. He never looked at his victims as people; contrariwise, he viewed them as objects that he had to have complete dominion over. Dahmer never hated any of his victims. The more he liked a victim the more time he wanted to spend with them, which meant that the murder would be much more gruesome. The other prime motivator for Dahmer was abandonment; his fear of being abandoned is what he used as an approach to lure in victims by offering them money for sex or money for nude photos.
Furthermore, Dahmer's preferred victim type was a clean-cut male. His victims ranged in age from fourteen to thirty one. Even though most of his victims were African American, said ethnicity was not necessarily his preference, as they just happened to comprise a majority of the demographic base in the regions in which he committed his crimes. The specific demeanor that he looked for was submissive and Dahmer was aware there were not many people like this, so he was not that picky. He didn’t have a lot of time to be picky, because he worked six days a week, and he wanted to fulfill his urge quickly. The sexuality of a majority of Dahmer's victims was homosexual or bisexual men who were usually in financial distress.
In his first murder, Jeffery was home alone at the age of eighteen while his father was away on business. Dahmer lured a hitchhiker named Steven Hicks to have a beer with him. After they had sex, Steven went to leave, but Dahmer prevented him from doing so and hit him in the head with a dumbbell. This is where evidence of the abandonment issue is illustrated, as Dahmer killed the lover that he didn't want to lose. Dahmer cut the body up, packaged it, and buried it. Years later, Dahmer came back, dug up the remains, and smashed them with a sledgehammer, spreading them around his father's land. The meticulous disposal of the body, cutting it up, and carefully packaging it represent another important trait of a serial killer. After Dahmer's first kill, he enlisted in the Army, which was short-lived, as he was quickly discharged for alcoholism. Dahmer moved to Florida where he tried to find a job with no luck. Money quickly ran out. He called his father to ask for money, but he was sent a plane ticket back home to live with his Grandmother. Everything seemed to going well until his grandmother started finding odd things around his room. For instance, she discovered a .357 magnum under his bed. Dahmer didn’t kill again for nine years after Hicks. When he struck again, it was a man named Steven Tourmi who he met at a gay club called 219. They got a hotel room and proceeder to become intoxicated. Dahmer told investigators that he doesn’t remember the events that took place that night other than when he woke up and found Tourmi dead. Dahmer put the corpse in a suitcase, brought it back to his Grandmother's basement, had...
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