10 Weird Facts About Jeffrey Dahmer’s Childhood
This is the third article in a series about serial killer’s childhoods. Jeffrey Dahmer is notorious as a murderer, necrophiliac and cannibal. What kind of boy was he? What sort of experiences moulded him into the man he became and the monstrosities he committed? Here are ten little known facts of Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood.
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was born on May 21, 1960 and killed in jail on November 28, 1994. He was in jail for fifteen life sentences delivered for the seventeen lives he had taken, being convicted of only fifteen of them. His crimes were gruesome and involved torture, rape, cannibalism, necrophilia and dismemberment. His arrest and the evidence against him shocked the world when he was arrested in Milwaukee in 1991. He wanted the men he killed to stay with him forever and was attempting to turn them into “zombies”. He had many different body parts, chemicals and organs scattered throughout his apartment. The building he lived in and killed in was eventually destroyed to pay respect for the victims and the victim’s families.
He was born to two parents who loved him. He was wanted, loved and cherished. How did this great start in life turn into the beginning of a story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers? Was Jeffrey Dahmer a “born killer” or did he become conditioned to become so awful? The famous “nature vs. nurture” debate rages on. The truth nearly always is some mixture of both — he was genetically predisposed to violence and the life he lead triggered these predispositions. It’s difficult to understand that serial killers are often more like us than not like us. They blend into crowds and disappear looking like any other ordinary person. In fact, Jeffrey Dahmer himself was once quoted as saying: “When I was a little kid, I was just like anybody else.” I don’t know about you but that scares the crap out of me. Here’s ten weird facts about Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood.
Jeffrey Dahmer’s mother, Joyce, had a difficult time carrying him.
It’s been said that Joyce had a very difficult pregnancy and relied on many different medications to help with nausea and assorted pregnancy woes. It’s also been said that “every little thing seemed to annoy her” after the birth of Jeffrey. Perhaps she was suffering from post partum depression which can lead, in some instances, to a difficulty bonding to the baby. Difficult pregnancies and childbirths have also been associated with a difficult bonding process between new mothers and babies. Although it has also been reported that Joyce made an extensive scrapbook for her precious son Jeffrey including his first words, the first time he walked, many photos and even a description of his first scolding.