Dahmer is finally apprehended in July of 1991. His lengthy confession provided a horrifying, but oddly clear look into the mind of a serial killer. Despite his confession, Dahmer pleads insanity in court, of which the jury decides him legally sane. He is declared guilty of 15 counts of murder.
Publish Date: Mar 05, 2021
mhm now the conclusion of our story. 13 years after committing his first murder, Jeffrey Dahmer was finally apprehended on July 22nd, 1991 at the age of 31. His killing spree had gone completely unnoticed by the Milwaukee police, who didn't even realize they had a serial killer on their hands until they walked into Dahmer's home. The local and national media descended upon the Oxford Apartments almost immediately, capturing footage as the police lugged boxes full of body parts out of the building. The scant details that leaked to the press were shocking. A local T V news report described decapitated heads in a refrigerator freezer and a psychotic mass murderer who neighbors never suspected to be a killer. Regarding d'Amour himself, they reported, All we really know about him is that he is 31 years old. Who is Jeffrey Dahmer's would be the question of the year. The Milwaukee Journal estimated that 450 reporters came to Milwaukee to cover the case. Many debated whether he was a man or monster. Comparisons to The Silence of the Lambs, which had just been released six months earlier, were frequent. The Associated Press went to Bath Township, Ohio, to interview everyone from his childhood neighbors to his high school prom date, who helpfully commented, He didn't even kiss me. Good night. The Milwaukee police came under close examination as well. The synthesis Capone family was horrified to learn that they're missing sons. Remains were found in Dahmer's apartment. He'd been killed by the same man who assaulted their older son just three years earlier. Even more horrifying was the fact that police had hand delivered the boy back to Dahmer's doorstep after he tried to escape. Due to the public uproar, the officers have responded to the call were fired, but they were later reinstated the synthesis bones, sued the city of Milwaukee for blatant misconduct and eventually won an $850,000 settlement. As for the other grieving families, all they could hope for was closure and justice. The quest to identify Dahmer's victims was led by the killer himself. Once he was taken into custody, he spent two weeks dictating what his attorney called the longest confession in the history of America. His initial interview lasted from 1:30 a.m. To 7:15 a.m. In the early morning, hours after he was arrested. During that time, he drank four or five cups of coffee, two cans of coke and confessed to 15 murders, even though police had only charged him with 10. Once he'd signed a statement, he asked the detectives if they would just sit in the interview room and talk with him so he can have a couple of cigarettes, some coffee, and think as to what had occurred. Over the next two weeks, the interrogation room became his personal therapy session. He confessed to two more murders that he'd forgotten to mention. In the first interview. He talked about his childhood. He confirmed that he knew the crimes he was committing were wrong and that he drank excessively to try to forget the nightmare he felt he was living. He even told them about the time he'd gone. Bar hopping, blacked out and woke up hog tied in a strange man's apartment with a candlestick and a part of his body where he didn't want it to be. Nothing was off the table. Now Damn. Er stated that he realized it would be impossible to make amends for his crimes, but that maybe by telling the truth, he could start to make things right. The only way he could start to change himself was to admit exactly what he had done to state, that he was sorry for what he had done and to swear that he would try to change his life in the future. Naturally, one has to wonder how sorry a serial killer can be. But from the matter of fact tone of the confession and the wide range of horrific details he shared, it's hard to detect any hidden agenda. If he was trying to make himself look sympathetic, he probably wouldn't have led with the fact that he had eaten a human bicep. And if he was trying to brag, he wouldn't have mentioned the countless victims that got away or shared so many embarrassing details about his personal life. Yeah, we're left to assume, then that Dhamma really was telling the truth or his version of it. What we get is a chillingly honest look at the thought process of a murderer. Even though he was aware that his crimes were horrifying, it didn't seem to fully register for him on a personal level. Over the years killing had become mundane to the point where chipping frozen organs off the bottom of the freezer fell under cleaning the fish tank on his weekend to do list. His final self assessment, while speaking with a court appointed psychiatrist, was. I should have gotten a college degree and gone into real estate and got myself an aquarium. That's what I should have done. Dahmer's frankness sets him apart from most other serial killers from Ted Bundy, who denied all the charges against him until after his trial to the self aggrandizing B T K killer. Dennis Rader, who's sentencing statement, was compared to an Academy Awards acceptance speech. And while his honesty didn't win many favors from the courts, it did add an interesting dimension to the media coverage of his case. A Vanity Fair article mused that Dahmer's distress about his crimes compounds the mystery by lifting him from the simple category of a monster whom we can view from a fascinated and safe distance into an uncomfortably recognizable human being. This conflict coalesced on the first day of his insanity trial in January 1992 when he strode into the courtroom wearing a white button down shirt, khakis and a brown suit jacket, looking more like a timid high school teacher than a mass murderer. Despite believing that there was no hope for his defense, Dahmer's attorney convinced him to try an insanity plea. For the next two weeks, a parade of psychiatrists would debate to legal questions. Did Dahmer have the capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct? And was he capable of conforming his conduct to the requirements of the law? The first question was a non starter, since Doma readily admitted that he knew his crimes were wrong. The real debate was whether he was capable of controlling his behavior. This is a tricky question. The fact that he kept killing even as he lost everything in the process suggests that no, he wasn't able to stop himself. On the other hand, the nine years between his 1st and 2nd murders proves that at least at one point in time, he was able to control himself for the defense. The argument was that Dahmer's violent thoughts were compulsive, and without proper treatment he had no hope of controlling them permanently. Dr. Fred Berlin testified that Dahmer's necrophilia was a cancer of the mind. He couldn't choose to have those thoughts, and he couldn't stop them from coming. Their next expert, Dr Carl Wallstrom, pointed out that Dahmer had a long history of serious mental illness, which was essentially untreated, leading to bizarre, delusional ideas like using a power drill to turn a person into a zombie. By Wallstrom ANALYSIS. Dahmers Condition requires continuous treatment and without it, he couldn't have possibly pulled himself out of his psychotic state on his own. On the prosecution side, the star witness was Dr Park Dietz, who had recently gained fame for consulting on John Hinckley Jr is trial. Dietz argued that even though Dahmer's necrophiliac thoughts weren't a choice, he did make a choice to give into them. He said most para files never act on their paraphernalia in a criminal way. The para file is as free as any other human being to choose whether to commit a crime. To gratify his wishes, he pointed out, the premeditated nature of Dahmer's murders, with the exception of the first to careful planning, went into every step of the process. These were not crimes of impulse or compulsion. If he was ever mentally unable to control his behavior. It was because of his alcohol abuse, not his necrophilia. This sounds logical, but it may not be medically correct. In 1990 sexologist John Money explained that paraphernalia affects the brain's limbic system, which is responsible for sexual drives as well as aggression, pleasure, repetitive behaviors and forming memories. While there's no clear answer on what causes this to happen in patients with paraphernalia, an error in the brain's pathways caused sexual arousal signals to be mixed up with other, often aggressive brain signals. On a neurological level, this bears a close resemblance to temporal lobe seizures, in which a person enters an altered state of consciousness without the convulsions typically associated with seizures. In that altered state, a person may engage in activities that appear to be purposeful and voluntary but are actually involuntary. They might have no memory of what happened during the seizure or be only partially aware of what they're doing. Dr. Money suggested the same thing might happen during episodes of para Filic behavior like sexually motivated murders. Mm hmm. This calls to mind Dahmer's first murder, in which he said something just came over him that he couldn't control as well as the second murder of Stephen Tommy, which he didn't remember at all. However, this research wasn't brought up at Dahmer's trial. Dr. Money points out that forensic sexology is a specialization that general forensic psychiatrists and psychologists often aren't familiar with. So instead of explaining the neurological workings of necrophilia, these offenders are often misrepresented as being, by their own choice, psychopathic or sociopathic deviants. While this para Filic fugue state theory doesn't excuse violent behavior morally or legally, it also doesn't help anyone to insist with no evidence that these offenders could just stop if they tried to dominate, tried a variety of tactics to prevent himself from killing, and it's abundantly clear that they didn't work. As for what else he could have done to stop himself, no one at the trial offered a suggestion. Of course, this loops back around to the question of responsibility, fugue state or no fugue state. Dumber was fully aware that what he was doing was wrong. If he truly felt he couldn't stop himself, he could have sought help by actually cooperating during his therapy sessions, or even by turning himself into the police. In the end, even dumber himself agreed. He was the only one to blame for his actions. On February 15th, 1992 the jury concluded that he was legally sane and guilty of 15 counts of first degree murder. He would be tried for Steven Hicks murder in Ohio at a later date, and he couldn't be charged for Stephen Tommy's because none of his remains were ever found. In his final address to the court, Dumber calmly accepted his 15 life.