Ever since Netflix premiered its dramatized account of the famous Jeffrey Dahmer murders, ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’, in which Netflix itself has been responsible for removing ‘Dahmer’ from the LGTB category on the platform, the Internet has become a frenzy as viewers try to find out the stories of the real-life victims and members of Dahmer’s family. Between 1978 and 1991, the infamous serial killer preyed on black, latino and asian men in public spaces before killing and dismembering them in his apartment from milwaukee. According to the Crime Museum, “rape, dismemberment, necrophilia and cannibalism” were among the disturbing Dahmer murders.
One of Netflix’s best suspense and intrigue series reflects how its terrifying murder spree went unnoticed for nearly a decade, but a test finally led to his arrest: Polaroid photos. Below, we find out everything we know about the Polaroid photos Jeffrey Dahmer took of his victims.
Did Jeffrey Dahmer really keep polaroids of his victims in his apartment?
Dahmer lured his victims to his apartment to give them drugged drinks and sexually assault them after they were dead. He also dismembered their bodies and kept “souvenirs” such as body parts, skulls, and genitalia. According to Biography, he “frequently took photos of his victims at various stages of the murder process, so that he could remember each act afterwards and relive the experience.”
Why did Jeffrey Dahmer take Polaroids of his victims?
In 1994, ‘The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology’ explained that Dahmer was often lonely and wanted “memories to keep him company”. Upon investigation, police also found drawings exposing the serial killer’s plans to make an altar in his apartment using the photos, painted skeletons and skulls, according to ELLE Australia.
How did Jeffrey Dahmer’s Polaroids lead to his arrest?
You don’t need to know who’s who in ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,’ but you do need to know that on July 22, 1991, Dahmer’s last victimTracy Edwards, he escaped from his apartment and managed to get out alive. According to ABC News, Tracy led Milwaukee police to discover 84 Polaroid photos in a bed drawer. This fact put an end to Dahmer’s series of cannibalistic murders. Something that takes the ‘Dahmer’ series to the end by giving voice to the victims and not the murderer, and that makes this proposal starring Evan Peters (‘American Horror Story’) one of Netflix’s true crimes of murderers and mysteries you must see.
According to this outlet, the gruesome photos included “the bodies of his victims posing in suggestive positions with their backs arched, documentation of the dismemberment process, and Dahmer practicing necrophilia.” The outlet also described that officer Rolf Mueller was in a state of shock as he told his partner: “these [fotos] are real”.
Dahmer was convicted of 15 counts of murder and sentenced to 957 years in prison and died after an inmate attacked him in 1994.
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