Some facts about Jeffrey Dahmer:
- Carried a less than 2.0 average in high school despite having a high IQ.
- Worked for the student paper “The Lantern” and also played tennis.
- When a photographer was taking the yearbook photo for the Honor Society at his high school, Dahmer jumped into the lineup at the last moment, only to have his picture blacked out. Psychiatrists would speculate on the significance of this incident later on in his life.
- After dropping out of Ohio State University and completing only one semester, he enlisted in the Army where he worked in the infirmary while stationed in Baumholder, Germany.
- Dahmer loved to read and his Army buddies were impressed by his ability to read so much and retain information. Some of his favorite books were children’s classic fairy tails of trolls and goblins.
- Two of his favorite bands were Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.
- His favorite film was The Exorcist and the only victim to escape his clutches stated that it was playing in a room while Dahmer attacked him.
- Worked as a laborer at the Ambrosia Chocolate Company and started off making 8.25 an hour, a substantial sum for the late 80’s and early 90’s. He maintained employment there for 6 years, one of the longest periods of stability for Dahmer.
- Had an aquarium of Siamese Fighting Fish. Dahmer stated that he liked to watch them tangle, with one of the fish eventually ending up dead or maimed.
- Lionel Dahmer, Jeffrey’s father, wrote a book detailing Jeffrey’s childhood and life titled, “A Father’s Story”. Although he was described by his son in a probation report as “often busy” and “bossy”, he maintained a close bond with him. He was once interviewed by Joe Smith of WMVS-TV and said this, “I did not realize just how sick he was. I realize now that he is mentally ill, but I did not know the extent. And I will, as I always have, stand by him in my thoughts and prayers.”
- After her divorce, Jeffrey’s mother went back to her maiden name of Flint. She moved to Fresno, California after leaving Ohio and worked at the Central Valley AIDS Clinic.
- A friend of Dahmer’s in high school also wrote about his experiences with Jeffrey in a comic book titled, “My Friend Dahmer”, shortly after he was killed in prison. A few of the pages are pictured above and the author, Derf Backderf, also has a blog here.
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