In 1979 Dahmer enlisted in the U.S. Army, and trained as a medical specialist in West Germany. After about a year he was discharged to to his persistent alcohol abuse and sent to Fort Jackson and given a plane ticket to go anywhere in the country. Dahmer didn’t want to go home and face his father so he went to Florida. In 1981 he asked his father if he could go back home to Ohio, because he was unable to support himself due to the fact that a majority of his earnings were going to alcohol.
To make a long story short, and get right to the killings, Dahmer went back to West Allis, Wisconsin and lived with his grandmother. His alcohol abuse persisted, and he was eventually arrested and convicted of indecent exposure. It wouldn’t be until 1987 that Dahmer would kill for the second time, starting the long list and far more frequent murders he would commit over the years to follow.
Steven Tuomi would be his second victim. Although Dahmer has no recollection of the actual murder, when he awoke the next morning, he discovered Tuomi dead with his chest crushed in, and blood seeping from his mouth.
From 1987 until 1991 following the “accidental” murder of Steven Tuomi, Dahmer killed an approximate 16 young men with a majority of them taking place in 1991, the year he was finally arrested. He typically used the same techniques on each victim, becoming a little more experimental toward the end. He would offer the victim money in exchange for nude photographs. He would then take them back to where he was residing, drug them with sleeping pills, strangle them, proceed to bleach and preserve their bones, freeze the perishable items, and discard the rest. Eventually he would experiment with muriatic acid, pouring it into cavities of the skull that he created himself while the victim was in a submissive state.
The most interesting of these stories was that of 14 year old Konerak Sinthasomphone. The boy was led to Dahmer’s flat, when he was offered money to pose for pictures. Apparently, Sinthasomphone’s older brother was molested by Dahmer in 1988, and the boy still accepted his invite regardless of this fact.
Dahmer drugged the boy, drilled a hole into his skull and injected the muriatic acid into the newly created cavity. After lying with the boy, Dahmer decided to go to the bar for some drinks, leaving Sinthasomphone alone.
When Dahmer returned early that morning, he discovered Sinthasomphone naked on the street corner speaking in Laotian to three women. Dahmer told the women that the boy was his lover, and tried to lead him back to his apartment. The women had already called 911, so Dahmer waited for the officers to arrive.
When authorities arrived, he told them that Sinthasomphone was his 19 year old lover, and that he had a little too much to drink, causing him to act this way. One of the women tried to reveal to officers that the boy was bleeding from his buttocks and that he clearly didn’t want to leave with Dahmer. She was instructed to “butt out”, and the cops helped Sinthasomphone back to the apartment.
When the two police officers left, Dahmer injected more muriatic acid into Sinthasomphone’s brain, and this time it killed the boy.
This is a sad story about the Sinthasomphone family. They were trying to escape the hardships of their homeland, only to have this happen to them in America where they thought they could find home and security.
On July 22, 1991 Dahmer invited his last victim, Tracy Edwards, over to his apartment. Edwards was able to escape through the unlocked front door when Dahmer had a lapse in concentration, and was not holding the cuffs he placed on Edwards wrists. Edwards punched him in the face and made a run for it.
After his escape, Edwards successfully flagged down police and told them about the last 5 hours he spent in Dahmer’s apartment before his escape.
Alright… This entry is a little lengthy despite my attempts to shorten the story. The next entry will tie up some loose ends, and I will also write about his arrest, imprisonment and death.