Who were the victims of Jeffrey Dahmer, the “Milwaukee Cannibal”

After the premiere of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” (“Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” in its original language), Netflix biographical crime drama which depicts the crimes committed by one of the most notorious and infamous serial killers in the United States, several questions have arisen, among which, who is the “Milwaukee Cannibal”? How was he caught? How did he die ? And who were their victims?

“The Butcher of Milwaukee” or “The Monster of Milwaukee”, as he was also known, was an American serial killer responsible for the deaths of 17 male adults and children between 1978 and 1991.

According to police reports, Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims were usually black, Asian or Latino men., whom he met in gay bars, malls and bus stops. After driving them home with promises of money or sex, he would get them drunk and drugged.

As The New York Times reported at the time, the criminal murdered the young men and then had sex with them, dismembering their bodies and sometimes retaining certain body parts, such as their skulls or genitals.

Jeffrey Dahmer managed to evade police for a decade, however, July 22, 1991was eventually arrested thanks to Tracy Edwardsa 32-year-old man lured into his apartment by promising to pay him for nude photos, managed to escape and led the police to the “Milwaukee Cannibal”.

Serial killer Jeffrey L. Dahmer enters Judge Jeffrey A. Wagner's courtroom on August 6, 1991 (Photo: Eugene Garcia/ AFP)
Serial killer Jeffrey L. Dahmer enters Judge Jeffrey A. Wagner’s courtroom on August 6, 1991 (Photo: Eugene Garcia/ AFP)

Shortly after graduating from high school in Ohio in 1978, Jeffrey Dahmer murdered Steven Hicks, an 18-year-old he picked up on the road and invited to his house for beers.

« When Mr. Hicks wanted to leave, Mr. Dahmer hit him on the back of the head with a barbell and then strangled him. He dragged the body into a narrow space under the house, cut it into pieces and put it in garbage bags.“, reports the New York Times.

Here are the other victims of “The Milwaukee Cannibal”:

  • Ricky Beeks (33 ans)
  • Joseph Bradehoft (25 ans)
  • Jamie Doxtator (14 ans)
  • Richard Guerrero (25)
  • Anthony Hughes (31 ans)
  • Olivier Lacy (23 ans)
  • Errol Lindsey (19 ans)
  • Ernest Miller (22)
  • Anthony Sears (26 ans)
  • Konerak Sinthasomphone (14 ans)
  • Edward W. Smith (28 ans)
  • Curtis Straughter (18 ans)
  • David C. Thomas (23)
  • Matt Turner (20 ans)
  • Jeremy Weinberger (23 years old)
Shaun J. Brown as Tracy Edwards in the first episode of
Shaun J. Brown as Tracy Edwards in the first episode of ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’ (Photo: Netflix)

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