How Was Jeffrey Dahmer Caught?

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Serial killer and sex offender Jeffrey Dahmer was apprehended by police when one of his intended victims escaped from Dahmer’s home on July 22, 1991. The victim caught the attention of police officers, from whom he requested assistance removing a pair of handcuffs Dahmer had placed on him. Although another of Dahmer’s victims had previously managed to escape and make contact with police, Dahmer was able to convince police to release the boy into his custody, resulting in the boy’s death.

It is estimated that from the summer of 1978 through the summer of 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 individuals in Ohio and Wisconsin. He murdered men exclusively and, unlike many serial killers, was not selective about his victims’ race. Part of the reason Dahmer’s case attracted so much sensationalist attention is that he would regularly dismember and attempt to preserve his victims’ bodies, and part of the media speculation focused on whether Dahmer had committed acts of cannibalism in addition to sexual abuse, murder and torturous experimentation on his victims. Neighbors in his Milwaukee apartment complex reported foul odors coming from Dahmer’s apartment, a result of the dead bodies he was storing inside. Dahmer died in a Wisconsin prison in 1994 after a fellow inmate beat him to death.