With its new Ryan Murphy show Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Netflix is telling the scary true story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. The true crime drama follows Dahmer’s many murders as seen through the eyes of his victims who are played by Evan Peters.
The series was first announced in March 2021 and the American Horror Story star was set to play the lead role. It is the latest project to tell the story of Dahmer’s murders.
Between 1978 and 1991, Dahmer raped, killed and cut up at least 17 men and boys in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His crimes, which included cannibalism and necrophilia, shocked the world.
The series goes into more detail about some of Dahmer’s victims. It also focuses on one victim who managed to escape and played a big part in Dahmer’s eventual arrest. Here is all the information you need to know about Jeffrey Dahmer’s arrest and sentencing in 1991.
What Was Jeffrey Dahmer Guilty of?
In 1978 three weeks after he graduated from high school, Dahmer killed for the first time. He picked up a hitchhiker named Steven Hicks and led him back to his house. When Hicks tried to escape, Dahmer beat him to death with a 10-pound dumbbell and then strangled him.
After killing Hicks, Dahmer went to Ohio State University but dropped out after just one term because he kept drinking too much. The New York Times says he later joined the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged.
He moved back to Ohio to live with his dad and stepmom, where he continued to drink a lot. According to sources, he was later sent to live with his grandmother in Wisconsin, where he had trouble keeping a job and was arrested several times, including for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.
In November 1987 Dahmer killed again when he drugged a man named Steven Tuomi and seemed to attack him during a blackout. He later said that he did not remember killing Tuomi. After killing Tuomi, Dahmer went out of his way to find people to seduce and kill. By 1991, he had killed seventeen men and boys.
How did Dahmer get caught?
In July 1991, Dahmer went up to three men and told them he would pay them if they posed for naked pictures. Sources said that a man named Tracy Edwards agreed and went back to his apartment with Dahmer. When they got there, Dahmer handcuffed Edwards, put a knife to his chest and told him he would eat his heart.
Edwards finally got away when he punched Dahmer and knocked him to the ground. This let him run out the front door, which was unlocked. He found two Milwaukee police officers and led them back to Dahmer’s apartment.
When they got there, they saw an open drawer with Polaroid pictures of human bodies in different stages of being cut up. History.com says that when Dahmer saw the Polaroid photos, he tried to run away, but they caught him and handcuffed him.
After being arrested on July 22 Dahmer told police in detail that he had killed 17 people, as reported by sources.
What Did Jeffrey Dahmer Get Convict of?
After he admitted to killing four people, Dahmer was charged with four counts of first-degree intentional homicide on July 25. On August 6, he was charged with eight more murders and on August 22, he was charged with three more bringing the total number of murder charges against him in Wisconsin to 15.
In September 1991, Dahmer pleaded “guilty but insane” because he had a mental illness. In January 1992, he changed his plea to “guilty but insane.” Dr. Holly Schiff, a psychologist, told A&E True Crime that since Dahmer chose to plead insanity, “it was up to him to prove to the jurors that he was insane at the time of the killings” The network says that if he is found to be sane, he will go to prison.
If he is found to be insane, he will be sent to a state institution, from which he can later ask to be let out. His trial started on January 30, 1992 and the last arguments were made on February 14, 1992. The next day, it was decided that Dahmer was not crazy and didn’t have a mental disorder when he killed each person. He was found guilty of 16 killings and sentenced to 16 life sentences in prison.
How did Jeffrey Dahmer die?
After he was sentenced, he was sent to Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin, but he didn’t stay there for long. He was killed by a fellow prisoner on November 28, 1994. He was 34.
Since then, he has been the focus of many TV and movie projects, such as the biographical film Dahmer, starring Jeremy Renner, the 2017 film My Friend Dahmer starring Ross Lynch and most recently, the TV series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story starring Peters.
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