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Jeffrey Dahmer

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Jennifer Sansalone

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Jeffrey Dahmer
"The Milwaukee Cannibal"

Debut of Dahmer's Homicides
Thirteen Years of Murder
Dahmer during his preliminary trial in Milwaukee with Gerald Boyle, his attorney, August, 1991
Dahmer entering the courtroom January 30, 1992 for his trial
The Why and the How
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer
Dahmer's mugshot
The madness before the verdict
Pretrial Hearing: January 13, 1992
Court room sniffed for bombs/explosives, searched with a metal detector, constructed an 8ft bulletproof glass barrier, separating Dahmer from the gallery
Dahmer changed his initial 'not guilty' plea and pleaded 'guilty' by virtue of insanity
Burden of Proof lies with the defense
January 29: Jury Selection finalized
6 white men and women, 1 black man

Had to prove Dahmer's insanity and being 'not criminally responsible' instead of 'not guilty'
Dahmer craved a body, childhood obsession stories (fantasizing sex with corpses, studying animal bones)
45 witnesses who attested to Dahmer's bizarre, atypical behaviour; attempted to demonstrate sexual and mental disorders prevented understanding of crime's nature
Wasn't liable for Steven Toumi's death b/c under the influence of alcohol
"Was he evil or was he sick?"
Prosecution Arguments
Mike McCann argued Dahmer was a master manipulator and deceiver who was well aware of his behaviour and able to control his sexual urges; deaths were "not the acts of a madman, but the result of meticulous planning"
Tried to prove that he planned every death carefully ex. going to gay bathhouses so there would be no car to dispose of
Claimed Dahmer was using the males to satisfy his sexual cravings and desires
Drugging men at a gay bathhouse/bar was no more insane than men using alcohol to entice sex
Was able to act in a sane manner when police came to his door questioning his behaviour with 14 yr old Konerak Sinthasomphone
Rejected medical help
Witnesses: housekeeping for Dahmer's apartment, salesman at hardware store, pharmacist and police who were in contact with Dahmer
"I couldn’t quit. It would be nice if someone could give the answer on a silver platter as to why I did all this and what caused it, because I can’t come up with an answer."- Jeffrey Dahmer

Who is Dahmer?
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 21, 1960
Lived with his parents Lionel and Joyce Dahmer
Had surgery to correct his double hernia at 6 years old which seemed to change him
Post surgery and after the birth of his brother, his self confidence greatly decreased and he became insular
Move to Ohio increased his insecurities and was a disengaged and tense teenager with very few friends
Allegedly sexually assaulted by a neighbour when he was 8, which was denied by his father
Began having fantasies of murder and committing necrophilia at age of 14
Suggested that his parents' divorce created psychological stress which brought these fantasies into action
Didn't take action until after his secondary school graduation June, 1978
Sent to live with grandmother in Wisconsin in 1981
Verdict and Death
February 15, 1992
Jury speculated over the verdict for five hours until they came to a finalized decision
Finally decided that Dahmer belonged in a prison cell, not a mental hospital (sane and fully liable)
Charged on all 15 counts of murder
Sentence: 15 consecutive life sentences or 957 years in prison
In Dahmer's final statement, he asked for no consideration and actually desired death and to serve his life sentences
Prison: Columbia Correctional Institute in Portage, Wisconsin

Convinced prison authorities to allow him to spend more time around other inmates, granted permission to eat and work with them
Paired with Jesse Anderson (murdered wife) and Christopher Scarver (Schizophrenic, first degree murder)
November 28, 1994, prison guards left the three alone together, return 20 minutes later to find Anderson fatally injured and Dahmer murdered with a crushed head
First Victim: Steven Hicks - June 18, 1978
Had consensual sex, thought of him leaving was unbearable, struck him over the head with a barbell, murdering him
Dismembered the body, placed parts in plastic bags and buried

By third victim, methods of murder became established:
Find men at gay bars or bathhouses, offered enjoyment of drinks and videos or money in exchange for posing sexually for photographs
Once agreed, he brought them back to his room, drugged and strangled them, masturbated and ejaculated onto and/or had sex with their corpses, dismembered and disposed of their bodies
Before dismemberment, took Polaroids of victims to remember and relive each experience
Cut open their torsos, creating sexual arrousal from body heat and colour
Disposed of a majority of the bodies by chemical/acid experimentation on flesh and bone
Sometimes kept their skulls or other body parts as souvenirs and masturbated to them later on for gratification
Claimed he ate his victim's flesh, believing they would come alive again in him, giving him errections
Used various seasoning and meat tenderizers to give flavour to the flesh
Preserved flesh in his 'famous freezer'
Unable to tolerate abandonment or rejection
Only wanted his own sexual pleasure with his victims, which involved performing oral and anal sex on his partners, living or dead
Responsible for the murders of 17 fourteen to thirty-one year old males between 1978-1991 in Milwaukee
Raped, murdered and dismembered his victims'
Committed cannibalism and necrophilia
Victims: poor, homosexual, African American or Latino males

- One of the most notorious sex offenders and serial killers in the world
- His arrest created controversy along with an uprising popular interest in serial murder
- Shows harsh measures government will go to in order to detain
- The fact that Dahmer's activity remained a secret for 13 years shows the police have set investigations of missing minority groups as a low-priority
History of Dahmer's Crime
One lucky escapee leads to Dahmer's demise
Lionel and Shari Dahmer (Dahmer's Stepmother) during his trial January 13, 1982
July 22, 1991, Tracy Edwards escaped Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment and wandered the streets, where he was picked up by two police officers
He claims he was drugged by some 'weird guy' and wanted the key to remove the handcuff on his wrist
At Dahmer's apartment, police investigated and found his polaroids of the dismembered bodies
Found the body parts in his refrigerator and arrested him on the spot
Charged with fifteen counts of murder
The Trial
Witnesses to account for Dahmer's abnormal behaviour was very effective; demonstrates how a sane man would not behave in this manner
Reference to childhood stories provides valid explanations on the basis of his crimes
Alcoholism is a reasonable and legitimate reason for being NCR
first trial in Wisconsin history which used the defense of "sexual disorder" to be NCR for a crime
Brought in Psychiatrists with an expertise in Paraphilia
Paraphilia: a condition in which a person's sexual arousal and gratification depend on fantasizing about and engaging in sexual behavior that is atypical and extreme
Necrophilia falls under Paraphilia, relative to Dahmer's case
Intended to bring the jury to an understanding of what's defined as "mental illness" and apply the definition to Dahmer
Mental illness: refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior
Boyle confused the jury when the doctors were questioned not only on Dahmer's mental illness but whether its severity prevented him from understanding his actions when the crimes were occurring
Nobody in Wisconsin has been found not guilty on the grounds of insanity based off only Paraphilia
Reasonable defense considering his manipulation of the police with the Konerak case in May, 1991
Rejecting medical help leads the jury to believe he could've stopped the crimes if he truly intended to; his guilt is a persona
Witnesses are relevant to the case, however some prove his guilt more than his lack of insanity (carpet cleaner, salesman)
Continuous trend in the witnesses: never expecting Dahmer to be a murderer or insane
Dahmer's ability to appear so normal, calm and sane in the trial led jury to buy into McCann's argument
Defense Arguments
1. Polaroids:
apartment walls and bedroom drawers littered with photographs of dismembered bodies
2. Freezer:
Inside Dahmer's freezer, police found three human heads along with a variety of organs including lungs, intestines, liver, kidneys and heart
3. Refrigerator:
Police found another head stored in Dahmer's fridge
4. Skeletons and dismembered parts:
apartment littered with seven human skulls, five full skeletons, miscellaneous bone fragments, decomposed human hands
5. Lobster Pot:
Found various sexual organs inside
6. Weaponry:
In Dahmer's apartment, police found bottles of acid, chloroform and formaldehyde as well as three electric saws
1. Psychological Theory
: Concepts of 'self' and
identity are at play
Known to have personality disorder
Had complicated childhood, abandonment by parents could lead to his deviance

2. Social Control Theory:
People with little or no connection to conventional social institutions are more likely to commit crime
Friendless in high school and university dropout
Lost connection with mother at a young age, father sent him away when deviance began
Christopher Scarver's Mugshots, 1992
Judge Crivello, 1992
Scarver and Dahmer at their separate trials
Shoutout to Kassidy Bizzotto for lending me her Dahmer books!!
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