Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer murdered at least 17 boys and young men before finally being caught. After his trial in 1992, he was sentenced to 16 consecutive life sentences in prison.
Before he was able to serve three full years behind bars, however, Dahmer was killed by a fellow inmate at the maximum security Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin. Now, over 20 years later, Dahmer’s killer has finally explained why he did it.
His reasoning is shocking, but even more than that, it’s one that many people would actually agree with…
Over the course of history, there have been many infamous serial killers who have terrorized towns and cities, but Jeffrey Dahmer will go down as one of the most violent and despicable ever to have lived.
Dahmer was nicknamed the “Milwaukee Cannibal,” and he terrorized the citizens of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, between the years of 1978 and 1991. Thankfully, in 1992, his reign of terror came to an end after police finally caught and arrested him for his crimes.
Dahmer was sentenced to 16 consecutive life sentences in prison for murdering, raping, and sometimes eating the corpses of 17 young men and boys over the course of 13 years. His actions were truly some of the most depraved the world had ever seen…
Dahmer was sent to the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin, to serve his sentence. Many were overjoyed that this monster was finally going to be shut away from society to pay for the heartache and suffering he caused so many families.
Columbia Correctional Institution was a tough place full of violent offenders who had little to lose, and fellow prisoners didn’t take kindly to new inmates who had committed atrocities like Dahmer. Even though they were also criminals, what Dahmer did was cowardly and vile in their eyes.
Dahmer’s sentence came to an abrupt end in 1994 for a reason that might shock you. A fellow inmate at the prison named Christopher Scarver knew about Dahmer’s twisted history of violence, and one night, he cornered the serial killer while they were alone.
Using a metal bar, Scarver beat Dahmer to death. Dahmer tried to scream out for help, but there was no one around to hear. Even if there was, it was likely the police wouldn’t even have intervened immediately. They, too, thought Dahmer was the lowest form of criminal.
For a number of years, Scarver kept silent about the details of the murder; he knew that if he spoke up, he would become deeply embroiled in a world of controversy. He was already in prison, so the last thing he needed was more unwanted attention.
Recently, however, Scarver decided to speak out about what happened the night he killed Dahmer. He knew plenty of people wanted details, so he explained what happened the evening of the bludgeoning…
Scarver explained that Dahmer always liked to taunt the other prison inmates by doing twisted things like fashioning severed limbs out of prison food and leaving them where other people would find them. This was not amusing to the inmates, so animosity began to build between Dahmer and the prisoners he taunted.
Dahmer’s passion for disturbing people clearly didn’t begin while he was behind bars. One of the most terrifying things that was noted about him was his complete lack of empathy for his victims and the victims’ families.
This was a man who ruined so many innocent lives, and the way he carried himself told everyone that he didn’t feel one bit of remorse about what he had done. It was as if he believed his crimes were completely justified.
Scarver said in an interview with the New York Post: “He crossed the line with some people—prisoners, prison staff. Some people who are in prison are repentant—but he was not one of them.”
Spending years behind bars usually gives inmates time to think about the hurt they’ve caused, and many of them do feel sorry for what they’ve done. According to Scarver, Dahmer was not that kind of person.
Scarver, along with most of the inmates at the Columbia Correctional Institution, despised the sight of Dahmer, so one night, he decided he was going to teach the Milwaukee Cannibal a lesson. It was a lesson the other inmates and prison guards felt Dahmer needed…
Scarver, like the other inmates, typically kept his distance from Dahmer, but one evening, he and another prisoner found themselves unshackled and in Dahmer’s presence while the toilets got a routine cleaning. It was the only chance Scarver had to make a move.
Not only were the three men unshackled, but they were all completely unsupervised, which Scarver thought was no coincidence. It was almost as if the guards willingly gave him a chance to inflict harm upon Dahmer, and he did not squander it.
During the toilet cleaning, Scarver followed Dahmer to a staff locker room; he stayed silent so Dahmer didn’t suspect anything. He’d stolen a rusted iron bar from the weight room and hid it in his sweatpants, and as soon as Dahmer’s back was turned, he struck him repeatedly over the head until the infamous killer died.
While Scarver received additional prison time for Dahmer’s murder, many feel that it was simply justice for the atrocities the Dahmer had so eagerly committed. Few people seemed upset at what Scarver had done. In fact, many inmates commended the killing.
Carver knew the repercussions he was going to face, but he also knew that Dahmer was a monster, and he wanted him to pay for what he had done. If he didn’t murder Dahmer, at some point, another prisoner probably would have attempted it.
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It’s difficult to explain what turns a person into a serial killer. Experts have looked into Dahmer’s childhood experiences, and there can be some conclusions drawn from them, but one thing is for sure: the world will always remember the horror that was Jeffrey Dahmer.
Two wrongs certainly don’t make a right, but it’s not hard to imagine how awful being in prison with Dahmer must have been. This fascinating story really shed new light on a dark figure in history.
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