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The arrest of Jeffrey Dahmer:

He committed horrible, unspeakable acts for more than a decade. Not only did he kill 17 men and boys from 1978 to 1991, he sexually molested some of them. To top it off, he was also a cannibal! And he died in prison by the hand of a fellow inmate.

Briefly, he grew up in Milwaukee to loving parents, although his personality changed when he had minor surgery to correct a double hernia and his brother was born. Read more about Jeffrey Dahmer's Life and Death.

His family was on the move for his father's job and when Dahmer went from Iowa to Ohio, he had few friends by his early teens.

Jeffrey Dahmer as a teenager

He said his tendencies to necrophilia started when he was 14 when his parents had a nasty divorce.

His string of twisted killings began in June 1978, when the freshly graduated Dahmer picked up a hitch hiker, Steven Hicks…

Steven Hicks

….took him to his family's home where they drank beer, had sex...and Dahmer killed him.

Nine years later Jeffrey met victim number two. His streak lasted for 13 years in which he lured mainly black men he encountered at gay meeting places.

His luck ran out on July 22, 1991 when Milwaukee police encountered a young black man, Tracy Edwards…

Tracy Edwards and Dahmer

...who was wandering the streets with a handcuff dangling from his wrist. The police investigated his claims that a "weird dude' drugged him. They saw evidence of Dahmer's dirty work in his home and they took Dahmer down after a fierce fight.

Dahmer on cover of newspapers and magazines

Dahmer confessed during the police interrogation but pleaded not guilty to all charges in court.

He was found guilty – and sane – on all counts by a jury that deliberated for only five hours. Dahmer was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms, or 957 years in prison.

He seemed to adjust well to prison life but on November 29, 1994 while on a work detail with two convicted killers…

inmate who killed dahmer

…one of them crushed Dahmer's skull with a blunt object and he died of his injuries.

Dahmer on cover of People magazine after his death

Then, nearly 20 years after his death in August 2012, his childhood home in Akron, Ohio – where he committed his first killing and buried the victim's remains, went on the market.

Dahmer's childhood home

The seller said it was a great house – if you could get past the horror factor.

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