NAME: Jeffrey Dahmer
SPAN OF KILLINGS: 1978 - 1991
NUMBER OF VICTIMS: 17
SENTENCE: Pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Sentenced to 15 life terms, totaling 957 years in prison.
DATE OF BIRTH: 21/05/1960
CURRENT STATUS: Murdered in jail by convicted murderer Christopher Scarver.
MORE INFO: Dahmer committed his first murder in the summer of 1978, at the age of 18. His father was away on business and his mother had moved out, taking his brother with her; Dahmer was left behind, alone. That June, Dahmer picked up a hitchhiker named Stephen Hicks and offered to drink beer with him back at his father's house, planning to eventually have sex with him. When Hicks tried to leave, Dahmer bludgeoned Hicks to death with a 10 lb. dumbbell, striking the back of his head, later saying he had committed the crime because "the guy wanted to leave and he didn't want him to." Dahmer buried the body in the backyard. Nine years passed before he killed again; in September 1987, Dahmer picked up 26-year-old Steven Tuomi at a bar and killed him on impulse; he later said he had no memory of committing the crime.
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