If you haven't seen “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” you must have heard about it from your friends and family. Each of us has been prompted by the series to think back on the infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Monster, and his terrifying deeds.
The Evan Peters-starring docuseries has generated a tonne of controversy, but as Cosmopolitan points out, the true crime series is more sensational than educational. Here's the twist, though. Instead than boasting about the cannibal's deeds today, let's look at what motivated him.
You and I are both eager to discover more about his family, especially Jeffrey Dahmer's father, Lionel Dahmer, as this turns out to be. We suspect that if it weren't for his father, Jeffrey Dahmer wouldn't have transformed into the Milwaukee Monster. However, are we correct in this assumption, or was Lionel Dahmer not at fault? Scroll down because we've gathered everything we could.
All about Lionel Dahmer
When Lionel Dahmer first graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1959, he worked as a writer. In 1962, he graduated with a Master of Science from Marquette University. In 1966, four years later, Lionel Dahmer earned a second degree from Iowa State University.
He worked for PPG Industries, Barberton, as a senior research scientist and research supervisor while still a student. That being stated, it is clear where Jeffrey‘s interest in medicine came from. But Lionel Dahmer had no idea that his son was about to employ the surgical techniques he had taught to preserve the organs of his brutally executed victims.
Lionel Dahmer was away from home since he was attending school. Sadly, Joyce Flint, Lionel's wife, was a hypochondriac and spent the majority of her time in bed. When Lionel Dahmer discovered his wife having an illicit affair in 1977, it led to a worse outcome. Joyce never held Jeffrey when he was a newborn because she feared he might catch the illness she had.
Jeffrey used to dispute with his parents even though he was barely a teenager at the time. In 1978, Lionel Dahmer finally got a divorce from Joyce Dahmer, and that year was significant for his son. From that point forward, Jeffrey removed his disguise and showed his true colors.
When Jeffrey Dahmer first saw his father remove animal bones from the foundation of their home, he noticed himself growing excited. When his son hears the noises of bones, Lionel Dahmer's son is “oddly happy,” according to an interview. Additionally, Jeffrey enjoyed finding the bones of living animals.
When Was Jeffrey's Crime Knowledge Revealed to Lionel?
Surprisingly, when Jeffrey Dahmer was ultimately apprehended by the Milwaukee police in July 1991 after a captive managed to escape from the dungeon he made, Lionel Dahmer as well as the rest of the world learnt the horrible truth about his son.
Jeffrey was shortly given a 16-year sentence and transferred to Wisconsin‘s Columbia Correctional Institute. But immediately after serving two years of his sentence, Christopher Scarver, a fellow prisoner, assassinated Jeffrey before he could taste the taste of punishment.
Jeffrey Dahmer's Memoir, Written by Lionel
Soon after Jeffrey‘s untimely death, Lionel Dahmer appeared on the scene with his autobiography, A Parent's Story, which detailed every emotion he experienced as a father of a son like Jeffrey Dahmer. Even though Lionel Dahmer concurred and did adore and visit Jeffrey throughout, he was eager to point the finger at himself and those around him for what Jeffrey turned out to be.
Lionel Dahmer even questions whether the prescription medicines Joyce used while pregnant with Jeffrey must have improperly altered Jeffrey's brain as it directed his actions, which were only morally repugnant in their whole.
Except for the fact that Jeffrey was a psycho-murderer who convinced 17 innocent people who had long since been forgotten by society to commit suicide early, we are unsure about that. “This depiction of parental dread… the horrible feeling that your child has escaped your control, is lost in the tempest, and is whirling in the nothingness,” he said in the biography.
Lionel's Response to Jeffrey Dahmer's Death
According to reports, Lionel Dahmer frequently visited the prison and met his son every day with sternness. But when Christopher Scarver killed Jeffrey in 1994, Lionel Dahmer appeared to be relieved.
He cannot be held accountable for enjoying his son's passing either. Why would someone exist if their entire purpose was to curse their loved ones? Attest that Lionel Dahmer must have felt relieved that his son would take another life.
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Does Lionel Dahmer Have Any Additional Children?
In addition to his infamous son, Jeffrey Dahmer, Lionel Dahmer has another son- David– who was not spotted in the light ever since his brother’s spooky crimes were revealed. According to rumors, David is avoiding reality by residing elsewhere and using a different identity.
Lionel Dahmer: is He Alive?
Although Lionel Dahmer was absent from the scene for a while, he is now residing elsewhere in a new home with a new family. However, Richard John plays the part of the fatherly Lionel Dahmer in the Netflix docuseries.