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Q: He wasn’t embarrassed about being gay? Was he out to his family?
: “No, he wasn’t at all to his family. He was a very ‘straight acting’ gay man. He told me about his sexuality, and he said he knew from a very early age that he was gay. He told me about a boy he made out with, they kind of made out in a tree house, he was like 13 or 14. But he said because of the strong Lutheran religion that he grew up in, he knew immediately that this was not going to be an accepted thing, so he kept it to himself. The biggest thing I got out of the six weeks I talked to him was how much we don’t know about other people, even those we think we know and love the most. It made me even think, what is it that I’ve kept secret in my life? So he was openly gay in Milwaukee, but not out to his family.”- Detective Patrick Kennedy

Below is a list of items Jeffrey Dahmer used in his murders.

  • beer laced with sleeping pills
  • handcuffs
  • a leather strap (for strangulation)
  • battery acid. Dahmer would pour this into his live victims’ skulls
  • power drill
  • a Polaroid camera. He later masturbated over the pictures of the corpses
  • a power saw for cutting up the bodies
  • soilex (a type of cleaning powder) to dissolve flesh and hair
  • various chemicals and acids for the same reason 
  • formaldehyde to preserve some of them. Detectives found a head in his fridge preserved in this chemical.

Upon living in the Oxford apartments with Jeffrey Dahmer, many neighbors had indications other than the rancid smell of rotting flesh to let them know that Dahmer was living in their midst.

Aaron Whitehead, a fellow who resided in the apartment directly below Dahmer’s, would often be awakened in the middle of the night by powerful pounding and commotion overhead resonating from Dahmer’s apartment.

“One night”, he confided to a neighbor, “I heard what sounded like a kid up there. He was crying like his mother had just walloped him. Then I heard a big falling sound- just like he was being hurt, or something,“  (page 41, “Step Into My Parlor” Baumann)

“He’s a strange one all right,” the other tenant agreed. “I swear I heard sawing goin’ on up there the other night. One o’ them electric power saws. He must be building something, but I swear, how’s he expect people to sleep?”  (page 41, “Step Into My Parlor” Baumann)

Jeffrey Dahmer

“I separated the joints, the arm joints, the leg joints, and had to do two boilings. I think I used four boxes of Soilex for each one, put in the upper portion of the body and boiled that for about two hours and then the lower portion for another two hours. The Soilex removes all the flesh, turns it into a jelly like-like substance and it just rinses off. Then I laid the clean bones in a light bleach solution, left them there for a day and spread them out on either newspaper or cloth and let them dry for about a week in the bedroom.”