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Primary Sources From Different Resources, Jeffrey Dahmer, Milwaukee Cannibal

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Archives
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Supervisor's manual
Memorandum
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Memorandum
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Photo Sketch
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Newspaper
As you take a look at these different documents that were used in my exploratory essay, you'll see the process of what I went through of finding out about Jeffrey Dahmer, how he was killed, and what was changed after his death at Columbia Correctional Institution. I'll be explaining what the document you will be viewing will be about, and then you'll have the chance to read/watch it yourself, after that I'll evaluate why I used that particular source and what I thought was interesting about it. Some pictures you view have highlights on them, the reason for that is I wanted you to be able to see what I thought out to be important of that source. Instead of doing a voice over, I decided to write everything out so you are able to go back if you forgot something and to read the picture documents I have provided.
College students have countless papers and projects that they have to do for their classes that require a lot of research to obtain the information. Most students think of researching as boring and hard but what you don't know is how intriguing you can make your experience by using different resources to find primary sources. Disregarding your major, primary sources are useful not only for typing papers for you classes, but broadening your horizon on history, and watching/reading someone talk about their experience with a particular event. Not only does it make your paper/project experience better, but builds your credibility as a writer.
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Inside Edition
Starting off not knowing much about Dahmer, I thought it'd be important to get background information on him. I found an interview that comes from Inside Edition, a TV show that talks about different crime stories and gossip. Dahmer talks about why he did what he did, how his compulsive obsession started, who he killed, what he did with the bodies before and after he murdered them, how his obsession made him feel, how many men he killed, and how he got away with it.
This interview had importance to me because as an author writing about Dahmer, I wanted to get real facts instead of having to rely on an other author writing about him. This gave me the opportunity to hear him talk about almost everything with his spree along with his childhood. By watching this video, you get to see Dahmer talk about himself and get to incorporate your own opinion of him without having to read/watch a document that could have a bias.
Not only can a student find primary sources online, but also here at UW- Eau Claire, the library has an archives that is available to all students to use. The archive provides articles, diaries, maps, historic records, letters, government records, and photos that range from several different topics within Wisconsin that date all the way back to the 1800s. You are also given the possibility of getting collections sent from different schools if it is not provided here at UWEC.
Now knowing more information about Dahmer, I wanted to go more in depth about how he died at Columbia Correctional Institution and what was changed after his incident. At the archives, I found a memorandum written from Marianne A. Cooke to Mike Sullivan that talked about how Dahmer was killed, who was involved, if the incident could've been prevented, and what thing the committee thought should be changed throughout the prison.
The fact that i got to read a letter from an employee from the Institution made it so much more captivating for me because I got the information all the way dating back to 1995. When I was looking through the collection, there was more than one copy of this letter that got revised. I decided to use this one because it was the original copy. Knowing that they kept on going back and revising the memorandum showed me how important this incident was.
Now that I knew how Dahmer Was killed and who was involved I wanted to know what the rules were at the institution. While doing more research in the archive, I found the State of Wisconsin's Department of Corrections Supervisor's manual that had two different chapters that were useful to my paper. I'll be talking about the significance on these two chapters together since they came from the same manual. Chapter 101 lists the rules that any employee is prohibited from doing.
Chapter 403 reports on the employee discipline if someone were to break the rules. There are 3 steps that the institution goes through to evaluate the punishment that should be given.
Getting the actual information from the supervisor's Manual that was used at the time really benefited my paper because the information was straightforward, easy to understand, reliable, and exciting to see how they were actually getting punished when breaking a work rule.
The investigation continued by now having to find how the rules were changed after Dahmers death. Not only did the archives have the rules before, but after as well. This memorandum written from Jeffrey P. Endicott to Michael Sullivan talks about what actions have been made in the prison due to the incident. Changes were made in the recreation room, housing units, school and work areas, miscellaneous areas, and throughout different areas of the whole institution.
I thought this letter was really fascinating to use because it gave descriptive details of everything that they changed. It's hard to find something like this online without having to worry about if it's true or false information.
Not only did the archives have documents that talked about the changed that happened happened in the prison, but a newspaper clipping that came from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which is one of the largest newspapers in Wisconsin. This particular piece talks about a bill that was passed in the state to lower the age where a teenager is considered a adult and sets harsher penalties when committed a crime.
A newspaper is a different type of source that gives great information especially when it comes from a well-known newspaper company. This was an important source for my exploratory essay because it provided me with more changes not just throughout the prison, but the state itself. As you were reading, it doesn't talk about why they changed the rules, but the side of the article it talks about Dahmers death. With the timing of this bill change and the summary about Dahmer, we can assume that his death had an effect on this change.
Afterward, I came across a contact sheet for all staff members and inmates that informed them if they were to know more information, they should report it right away.
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Contact Sheet
Finding the contact information of different employees that were in charge of finding out more about the deaths definitely raised interest because it made me feel as all of these events were happening right now because I had them in my hands. It also gave me a better understanding on how serious this event was.
Eventually after going through a couple boxes that had information about Dahmer and his incident, I found a photo sketch of the locker room where Dahmer was killed.
What really made all this research appealing to me is how I found a sketch of the locker room where Dahmer was killed. I included this because instead of imagining it all in my head, I got to see the exact room where it happened.
As you saw the process, you notice that I used the Internet and archives to get most of my information. But because I used those resources, It helped me build my credibility as a writer and that was just from two different resources.
Those are just a couple resources that are available to you when trying to find primary sources. The Wisconsin Historical Society Archives (http://arcat.librar.wisc.edu) is an online archive with info on several different topics throughout Wisconsin history. The UWEC archives Flickr (http://www.Flickr.com/photos/uwec-archives) gives you the ability to look at picture throughout the years here at this school. Using the library search (http://www.uwec.edu/Library/index.htm ), through our school website offers primary sources you want to be looking for. By using the Eau Claire public library (http://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/research/general/history/221-eau-claire-area-histories.html), you can find find historical newspapers and texts. And for in the actual library, government documents are available on the first floor. Given all these different ways of finding primary sources, these should help your research and hopefully save you time worrying about where you can find different things and help raise awareness to students all through UWEC.
Work cited:
Bice, Daniel, and Richard P. Jones. “Juvenile Justice Bill Advances.” Milwaukee Sentinel Journal. 25 May 1995. Print. Wisconsin. Department of Corrections. Legal Counsel’s subject files, 1979-1999. Box 1-5 MAD 3 /26/R4-5. University of Wisconsin – Madison. Madison, WI.
Cooke, Marianne A. State of Department. Memorandum to Mike Sullivan. State of Wisconsin, Department of Corrections. 20 June 1995. Print. Wisconsin. Department of Corrections. Legal Counsel’s subject files, 1979-1999. Box 1-5 MAD 3 /26/R4-5. University of Wisconsin – Madison. Madison, WI.
Endicott, Jeffrey P. Columbia Correctional Institution Correspondence/ Memorandum to Michael Sullivan. State of Wisconsin. May 1995. Print. Wisconsin. Department of Corrections. Legal Counsel’s subject files, 1979-1999. Box 1-5 MAD 3 /26/R4-5. University of Wisconsin – Madison. Madison, WI.
Work cited:
Supervisor’s Manual. Chapter 101. State of Wisconsin, Department of Corrections. September 1990. Print. Wisconsin. Department of Corrections. Legal Counsel’s subject files, 1979-1999. Box 1-5 MAD 3 /26/R4-5. University of Wisconsin – Madison. Madison, WI.

Supervisor’s Manual. Chapter 403. State of Wisconsin, Department of Corrections. August 1992. Print. Wisconsin. Department of Corrections. Legal Counsel’s subject files, 1979-1999. Box 1-5 MAD 3 /26/R4-5. University of Wisconsin – Madison. Madison, WI.



"Jeffery Dahmer 1 of 2 Inside Edition Interview." YouTube. YouTube, 12 Nov. 2011. Web. 10 Dec. 2013.
"Jeffery Dahmer 2 of 2 Inside Edition Interview." YouTube. YouTube, 12 Nov. 2011. Web. 10 Dec. 2013.
Work cited:
"Photo Sketch." Print. Wisconsin. Department of Corrections. Legal Counsel’s subject files, 1979-1999. Box 1-5 MAD 3 /26/R4-5. University of Wisconsin – Madison. Madison, WI.

" Attention Staff & Inmates." Print. Wisconsin. Department of Corrections. Legal Counsel’s subject files, 1979-1999. Box 1-5 MAD 3 /26/R4-5. University of Wisconsin – Madison. Madison, WI.


Archives
Employee Discipline
Leen Wadi
Writing 114
Professor Michael Faris
Researching Jeffrey Dahmer can be Captivating With the Use of Primary Sources
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