Jeffrey Dahmer explains why he took a 9-year break and what restarted killing spree in chilling interview
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN: Milwaukee monster Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer murdered and dismembered seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Many of the murders involved cannibalism, necrophilia and the permanent preservation of body parts. In a prison interview which seemed to be his last, Jeffrey revealed why he took a break from killings for nine years.
Based on Jeffrey's story, the Netflix series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story dropped last week. The show has raised several questions as most viewers were left in disbelief at the serial killer's crimes. Now, a clip of Dahmer's interview with 'Inside Edition's Nancy Glass has gone viral on TikTok.
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In the interview, Glass asks Dahmer what he was doing during the nine years he stopped killing, and whether he was able to control himself. Dahmer replies calmly, “There just wasn’t an opportunity to fully express what I wanted to do. There was just not that physical opportunity to do it then."
Nancy Glass later recollected that when she sat opposite Dahmer, she wondered how hard it would be to get him talking and get him to discuss his horrific crimes. But to her surprise, Dahmer was very forthcoming as he furnished disturbing details of his crimes.
He continued to say, "When I moved to Milwaukee in ’81, I started reading pornography, going to the bookstore. Eventually that led to frequenting the gay bars. One time I brought this young man back to the hotel room, the Ambassador Hotel, was just planning on drugging him and spending the night with him. I had no intention of hurting him. I woke up in the morning he had a broken rib here, he was heavily bruised. Apparently, I had beaten him to death with my fists.”
Shocked by the description, the interviewer asked, "And you have no memory of it?” “I have no memory of it,” replied Dahmer. “But that’s what started the whole spree all over again.”
Dahmer explained his killings as "a process", claiming "it doesn't happen overnight." He added, "When you depersonalize another person and view them as just an object, an object for pleasure instead of a living, breathing human being, it seems to make it easier to do things you shouldn't do."
The TikTok video went viral and viewers were terrified at how calm Dahmer appeared while describing his killings.
One user wrote, "What scares me most about this man was how honest and blunt he was when he got caught, he had nothing to lose. Feel so bad for the victims." Another said, “The scariest part of Dahmer has always been his self-awareness.” Someone else noted, “I feel like in real life he is more self-aware and expressive than the series.”