How did Shari Dahmer die? Infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s stepmom dead at 81

How did Shari Dahmer die? Infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s stepmom dead at 81
Shari Dahmer was thrust into the limelight as she learned about Jeffrey Dahmer’s horrific crimes after his arrest in 1991 (IMBD/Milwaukee Police Department)

SEVILLE, OHIO: Shari Dahmer, the stepmother of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer also called Milwaukee Monster, died on Friday night at the age of 81, reports said. Shari and her late husband Lionel Dahmer lived in the Ohio village of Seville.

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It is believed that she died as a result of complications brought on by health issues she had been suffering from for some years, the Sun reported. Shari was thrust into the limelight as she learned about her stepson's horrific crimes after his arrest in 1991.

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Twisted serial killer and rapist Jeffrey Dahmer also called "The Milwaukee Cannibal" was jailed for murdering 17 young men in the US between 1978 and 1991. People across America and the world were shocked by his crimes when he was finally arrested in 1991 aged 30 after committing his first murder at just 18 years old. 

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She is said to have stood by the Milwaukee Cannibal’s father as he struggled to come to terms with what his infamous son had done. The controversially popular Netflix drama series Dahmer - Monster: Last year, the Jeffrey Dahmer Story featured actress Molly Ringwald as Shari.

The show sparked a resurgence in interest in Jeffrey Dahmer's murderous spree, which included some instances of cannibalism, necrophilia, and the preservation of victims' body parts, along with the docuseries Conversations With A Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes. Saying she could have paid tribute to the victims, Shari recently slammed Evan Peters for getting the golden globe award as an actor portraying Jerry Dahmer. 

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As per the outlet quoting family sources said, “Shari passed away on the evening of December 13 so things have been kind of rough." Her health had been going downhill for the past couple of years and she has been living in a nursing home. She tried to get better but she just never recovered from any of the health issues she was suffering. 

"The Milwaukee Cannibal" received 16 life sentences for his crimes, some of which involved necrophilia. Dahmer was murdered by a fellow inmate in prison. "I always knew it was wrong, the first killing was not planned...I had fantasies about picking up a hitchhiker taking him back to the house and having complete control and dominance over him," Jeffery once said in an interview with Inside Edition.

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