Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, is co-created by American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy and his frequent collaborator Ian Brennan. Murphy is also an executive producer.
AHS alum Evan Peters plays the titular serial killer, while actor Richard Jenkins plays Jeffrey’s father, Molly Ringwald plays his stepmother, and Niecy Nash plays Jeffrey’s neighbor.
There's no doubt about it: This story is an upsetting one. It involves murder, cannibalism, necrophilia, and a who lot of other truly horrifying details. Jeffrey was eventually convicted and sent to prison, but with the new series exploring his life and victims, everyone has a lot of questions about where he is now.
So, here's everything to know about one of the most infamous serial killers in American history.
Who is Jeffrey Dahmer?
Jeffrey was an American serial killer. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Lionel and Joyce Dahmer on May 21, 1960, according to Biography.com.
Jeffrey was an energetic and happy kid but got quieter as the years went on. He became disengaged, tense, and turned into a loner, according to the website. In high school, he was in the band and played intramural tennis, according to the New York Times.
Jeffrey then went on to do a semester at Ohio State University before enlisting in the army, where he was honorably discharged, the paper reported.
Jeffrey said he began to fantasize about necrophilia and murder around the age of 14.
What did Jeffrey do?
It all began in 1978 when Jeffrey murdered his first victim.
Jeffrey, who had recently graduated from high school, picked up hitchhiker Steven Hicks and took him back to his parents' house in Ohio. He gave Hicks alcohol, had sex with him, and then when Hicks tried to leave, Jeffrey hit him in the head and strangled him with a barbell.
“I always knew that it was wrong. The first killing was not planned,” Dahmer told Inside Edition in 1993. “I was coming back from the shopping mall back in ’78. I’d had fantasies about picking up a hitchhiker, taking him back to the house, and having complete dominance and control over him.”
Between 1978 and 1991, he murdered 16 more people, and what's even more disturbing (if that's possible) is that he had sex with some of their corpses, kept some body parts, and ate others, according to reports at the time.
One detective said during the trial that he "put Crisco on the bicep, softened it with meat tenderizer and fried it on a skillet," per The Washington Post.
“No one had a clue as to what was happening for over a decade,” Dahmer later said.
Who were his victims?
By the time he was finally caught, Jeffrey had killed 17 men and boys, including Joseph Bradehoft, 25 of Milwaukee, Jamie Doxtator, 14, of Milwaukee, Richard Guerrero, 25 of Milwaukee, Anthony Hughes, 31 of Madison, Oliver Lacy, 23 of Milwaukee, and many others, according to Deseret News.
What was he charged with?
Jeffrey was eventually charged with 15 counts of first-degree murder during his 1992 trial in Milwaukee. He initially pleaded not guilty and then plead guilty by way of insanity, according to Biography.com.
After 10 hours of deliberation, a jury found Jeffrey guilty on all charges, and he was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms and a sixteenth life term in Ohio in May of that same year.
Where was he put in prison?
After the trial, Jeffrey was sent to Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin. He supposedly adjusted well to life in prison, Biography.com reported.
He was initially kept away from the general population, but eventually convinced officials to allow him to mix with the other inmates. Jeffrey became religious while in prison, and was granted permission to be baptized by a local pastor.
How did he die?
Jeffrey was beaten to death on November 28, 1994, by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver.
Scarver later told the New York Post that he killed Jeffrey because of his creepy sense of humor, which included pretending prison food was fake limbs, and covering them in ketchup to emulate blood.
Where is his body now?
Well, for a while after Jeffrey's death, his brain was kept in formaldehyde at the state pathologist's office while he parents decided whether to cremate their son, per NBC 5 Chicago. Apparently, his mom wanted the brain to be studied.
His brain and body were both eventually cremated and the ashes were given to his parents.
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