Netflix’s new limited series, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, details the chilling tale of Jeffrey Dahmer, one of America’s most notorious serial killers. While the series is a fictionalized account of Jeffrey's crimes, it’s based on the real-life, brutal murders he carried out for more than a decade without detection.
Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer targeted and killed gay men, some as young as 14, according to Biography. He often kept gruesome souvenirs from his killings.
Jeffrey's gruesome crimes held the nation in thrall, so it’s understandable to have questions about who his victims were. Here’s everything to know about Jeffrey Dahmer and his victims.
How many people did Jeffrey Dahmer kill?
How did he kill them?
Jeffrey was methodical in the way he sought his victims out and killed them. He often picked the victims up at gay bars, malls, and bus stops, according to Biography, and lured them back to his home with promises of money or sex.
Jeffrey would then provide his victims with alcohol he'd laced with drugs, and kill them. After the victims died, Jeffrey would have sex with them and dismember their bodies, sometimes keeping body parts, like their skulls or genitals, as souvenirs, Biography reported. He'd discard their bones in a 57-gallon drum bought for the purpose of disposing of the evidence, the New York Times reported.
Jeffrey also took photos of his victims during the murder process, per The Sun.
One victim—19-year-old Errol Lindsey—died after Jefffrey drilled a hole into his head and poured hydrochloric acid into it, The Sun says.
Who was his first victim?
Jeffrey killed his first victim soon after his high school graduation in Ohio in 1978. He killed this victim using a barbell.
He told the police he had picked up a hitchhiker named Steven Hicks, took him home for a beer, and then had sex with him, the New York Times reported.
"When Mr. Hicks wanted to leave, Mr. Dahmer smashed the back of his head with a barbell and then strangled him. He dragged the body into a crawlspace under the house, cut it into pieces and stored it in garbage bags," the paper said.
Many more victims would follow after Hicks' death.
Who were his other victims?
Here’s a list some of the other people Jeffrey confessed to murdering, per Deseret News:
Ricky Beeks, 33
Joseph Bradehoft, 25
Jamie Doxtator, 14
Richard Guerrero, 25
Anthony Hughes, 31
Oliver Lacy, 23
Errol Lindsey, 19
Ernest Miller, 22
Anthony Sears, 26
Konerak Sinthasomphone, 14
Edward W. Smith, 28
Curtis Straughter, 18
David C. Thomas, 23
Matt Turner, 20
Jeremy Weinberger, 23
Jeffrey was eventually sentenced to 15 consecutive life sentences for the murders of these men in 1992, and was beaten to death two years later by a fellow inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institute gymnasium, where he was serving his sentence, according to History.
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