What Netflix's The Jeffrey Dahmer Story leaves out about how he died
This article contains discussion of murder and sexual assault some may find upsetting.
Monster Dahmer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is the latest true crime dramatisation series to drop on Netflix. In the few days since its release, it’s already in the number one spot on the site, while viewers have also been searching not only for the true story of Dahmer, but asking how he died.
The subject of Ryan Murphy’s latest true crime dramatisation, Jeffrey Dahmer, or the ‘Milwaukee Cannibal’ as he was later known, was responsible for the murders of 17 men and boys, many of whom were Black, Asian and Latino. The murders took place between 1978 and 1991, when he was eventually arrested.
MONSTER Dahmer tells the story of Jeffrey Dahmer’s life and ends with his murder by fellow prison inmate Christoper Scarver. However, much of the lead up and details surrounding Dahmer’s death were left out of the Netflix series.
So who is Christoper Scarver? And where is he now? This is everything you need to know about the man who killed Jeffrey Dahmer.
Who is Christoper Scarver?
According to various news reports, Christopher Scarver killed Jeffrey Dahmer, whilst both were inmates at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin.
Scarver was born in 1969 and was a high-school dropout. He was training to be a carpenter at Wisconsin Conservation Corps and was promised a job at the end by supervisor Edward Patts.
However, Patts was fired before he could follow through on his offer of employment to Scarver. Scarver, who was drinking heavily and had been using marijuana for the last few years, upon learning he would not be getting the job, went down to the training centre to confront the staff.
At the centre he found 27-year-old Steve Lohman and site manager John Feyen. He held Lohman at gunpoint and demanded money. When he was only given $15 Scarver shot Lohman in the head three times.
Feyen then gave Scarver $3,000 and his credit card to secure his safety, and after leaving the centre Scarver was caught and arrested.
How did Jeffrey Dahmer die?
As touched on in Monster Dahmer, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was murdered by fellow prison inmate Christoper Scarver.
On November 28 1994, Scarver (who is portrayed by Furly Mac in the Netflix dramatisation), was on cleaning duty with Dahmer and prisoner Jesse Anderson. The three were left unsupervised for 20 minutes and Scarver battered Dahmer to death with a metal bar used for prison weights. Then, he attacked and killed Anderson, who had been convicted of murdering his wife.
Why did Christoper Scarver kill Jeffrey Dahmer?
After the murders of Dahmer and Anderson, many people believed Scarver’s reason for killing the men was motivated by race, as Dahmer’s victims were mainly men of colour. Anderson had initially set the police on a goose chase to two Black men he accused of killing his wife.
However, detectives investigating the murders of Anderson and Dahmer did not support this theory. During an interview with the New York Post in 2015, Scarver said he murdered Dahmer as he believed he was unrepentant for his crimes.
He told the newspaper: “He crossed the line with some people — prisoners, prison staff. Some people who are in prison are repentant — but [Dahmer] was not one of them.”
Scarver however, did not have any direct interactions with Dahmer until he murdered him.
Where is Christoper Scarver now?
At the time of writing, Scarver remains in prison at the Centennial Correctional Facility, Colorado. He has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, is deeply religious, and has published two books of his own poetry.
MONSTER Dahmer: The Jeffrey Dahmer story is now streaming on Netflix.
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