Jeffrey Dahmer: A Serial Killer

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When it comes to Jeffrey Dahmer, he unquestionably fits the common profile of the serial murder offender. According to Kim Davies, “a serial killer is commonly defined as an individual who kills multiple victims at different times and often in different places with cooling-off periods in between the killings”. In addition, they are generally male and interested by a variety of psychological urges, but primarily, power. Some serial killers travel to find their victims but others stay in the same area. Some characteristics of a serial killer include, alcohol and substance abuse, psychological abuse during childhood, childhood sexually stressful events, having physical injuries bed wetting, growing up lonely and secluded, having fantasies, and…show more content…
His victims were mostly African American men, whom he met at gay places, took them home, promising money and/or sex, and feeding them alcohol and drugs before strangling them to death. He would have sex with the corpses before opening them and throwing them away. Most of the time, he kept their genitals or skulls as souvenirs. In September 1988, an encounter with a 13-year-old Laotian boy resulted in charges of sexual abuse and second-degree sexual assault for Dahmer. He pleaded guilty while stating that the boy had looked much older. While waiting for his sentence for sexual assault, in March of 1989, he enticed, drugged, strangled, photographed, opened up the body and disposed Anthony Sears, whom is a young African American man. After Dahmer’s trial in May, he was sentenced one year in prison with day release, letting him work during the day at his job and return to prison at night. He also has a five-year probationary sentence. Jeffrey Dahmer was given an early release by the judge after serving 10 months of his sentence. After 15 months, his victim amount kept rising. Twelve more lives were taken the same way as the others. He also consumed their flesh, drilled into their skulls while they were still alive, and injected them with muriatic…show more content…
A hedonistic serial killer “murders for the satisfaction obtained from the process of killing”. One type of hedonistic serial killer is that they are lust murderers who kill for sexual pleasure. Dahmer all along did this with most or all of his African American victims. Another type is that they are thrill-oriented killers, who murder for excitement and may also torture or injure their victims. Dahmer as well did this to his victims. For example, opening up their bodies, drilling on their skulls, or beating them up. The last type is a comfort-oriented killer, who kills for the benefits they receive from killing, such as psychological pleasure. Jeffrey Dahmer certainly killed for psychological pleasure. All of his victims were innocent and did absolutely nothing to
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