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In 1987 when Jeffrey Dahmer had to undergo psychological counselling for sexual deviance and impulse control, for masturbating in public, he was referred by court to clinical psychologist Dr Evelyn Rosen.

To start the sessions off Dahmer had to fill written tests, which purpose was to let the subconcious speak through certain signal words The options Jeff would tick threw a clear light on what is known of his personality:

  • Lately, I have begun to feel lonely and empty.
  • Ideas keep turning over and over in my head and they won’t go away.
  • I have become quite discouraged and sad about life recently.
  • Looking back at my life, I know I have made others suffer as much as I have suffered.
  • I keep having strange thoughts I wish I could get rid of.

Attention had been drawn from the doctors but no one questioned Dahmer about his ‘strange thoughts’ nor about the emptiness he felt. The reason might have been his hugely uncooperative attitude, deeming every attempt for progress therapy wise,in vain.

Dr Rosen’s notes would describe adifficult patient, silently turbulent and sullenand talking to him was like pulling teeth. It might have been Jeff’s severe lack of self-esteem which resented him from entrusting his therapist. He was completely unable to make himself worthy and it became and endless frustration. At one rare occasion, when Dahmer became talkative, he would only complain about the length of the way to her office. Surprisingly Dr. Rosen would not notice the significance of the irribality disguised in search of approval of Dahmer having made the journey at all. After that he shut down again and becamestubbornly mute.

The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer by Brian Masters

//the gif above is taken from a news report by the german tv channel RTL2, which was broadcasted after his arrest. 

Something about Jeffrey Dahmer in I Have Lived in the Monster by Robert Ressler, in a chapter about the South African serial killer, the Station Strangler:

Colonel Knipe had received word from roundabout sources that the killer might have written to Jeffrey Dahmer in prison, and wanted to pursue this potential lead. I was asked to find out confidentially from Dahmer whether this was true, to obtain the letter or letters from him if possible, and to request that he keep this quiet in order to assist the case. Accordingly, I put out a feeler to Dahmer on this, and it blew up in my face. Dahmer used the inquiry to communicate to the press in Chicago and Milwaukee, and to say, through the press, that a certain investigator formerly with the FBI had been smart enough to ask for his insights on the case, and to trumpet that he was interested in cooperating-but only for a fee. Evidently, once in prison, Dahmer’s attitude had changed: in a word, he had gone commercial, and was selling everything that he could sell, through attorneys-even down to the silverware and plates he had used in consuming body parts from his victims. He even considered taking up painting so that, like John Gacy, he could sell the results.

Killers and Their Last Words

1. Jeffrey Dahmer- “I don’t care if I live or die. Go ahead and kill me.”

Cause of death- beaten by an inmate with a barbell


2. George Engel- “Hurrah for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life”

Cause of death- hanging

3. Peter Kurten- “Tell me. After my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my blood gushing from the stump of my neck? That would be a pleasure to end all pleasures”

Cause of death- guillotine

4. Carl Panzram- “Hurry it up, you Hoosier bastard! I could hang a dozen men while you’re screwing around!”

Cause of death- hanging

5. John Avalos Alba- “Okay Warden, let’s do it. I love y’all. I can taste it already. I am starting to go.”

Cause of death- lethal injection

6. Timothy McVeigh- “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”

Cause of death- lethal injection

7. Peter Manuel- “Turn up the radio and I’ll go quietly.”

Cause of death- hanging

8. John W. Rook- “Freedom, freedom at last! It’s been a good one!”

Cause of death- lethal injection

9. Ted Bundy- “I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”

Cause of death- electric chair

10. Jimmy Glass- “I’d rather be fishing.”

Cause of death- electric chair

11. Aileen Wuornos- “I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the rock, and I’ll be back like Independence Day, with Jesus, June 6th. Like the movie, big mother ship and all. I’ll be back.”

Cause of death- lethal injection

12. Gary Gilmore- “Let’s do it!”

Cause of death- firing squad

13. James French- “How’s this for a headline? ‘French Fries.’”

Cause of death- electric chair

14. Roger Keith Coleman- “An innocent man is going to be murdered tonight. When my innocence is proven, I hope Americans will realize the injustice of the death penalty as all other civilized countries have.”

Cause of death- electric chair

15. Willie Shannon- “I took a father, it wasn’t my fault, it was an accident.. God knows the truth.” (To the victim’s family)- “My smile is not from happiness. If my life could bring your father back, then let it be. Don’t take my smile for disrespect. I’ll say when I see him, ‘I’m sorry.’ Go home, have fun, smile. I’m happy. Why should I lie now? I have no anger. I have no fear.”

Cause of death- gas chamber

16. George Appel- “Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.”

Cause of death- electric chair

17. Thomas J. Grasso- “I did not get my Spaghetti-Os, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.”

Cause of death- lethal injection

18. John Wayne Gacy- “Kiss my ass.”

Cause of death- lethal injection

19. Amelia Dyer- “I have nothing to say.”

Cause of death- hanging

20. Robert Charles Comer- “Go Raiders!”

Cause of death- lethal injection

21. Erskine Childers- “Take a step forward, lads. It will be easier that way.”

Cause of death- firing squad

22. Francis “Two Gun” Crowley- “You sons of bitches. Give my love to Mother.”

Cause of death- electric chair

23. Barbara Graham- “Good people are always so sure they’re right.”

Cause of death- gas chamber

24. Robert Alton Harris- “You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the Grim Reaper.”

Cause of death- gas chamber

25. Lionel Herrera- “I am innocent, innocent, innocent. Make no mistake about this. I owe society nothing. I am an innocent man and something very wrong is taking place tonight.”

Cause of death- lethal injection

26. Clarence Lackey- “I love you, mom.”

Cause of death- lethal injection

27. John Spenkelink- “Capital punishment: them without the capital get the punishment.”

Cause of death- electric chair

28. Gary Burris- “Beam me up.”

Cause of death- lethal injection

29. James Jackson- “See you all on the other side. Warden, murder me.. I’m ready to roll. Time to get this party started.”

Cause of death- lethal injection

30. Carlos Granados- “Kathy, (his girlfriend whom he stabbed. Granados also killed her son) you know I never meant to hurt you. I gave you everything, and that’s what made me so angry. But I never meant to hurt you. I’m sorry.”

Cause of death- lethal injection

31. Christina Marie Riggs- “There is no way words can express how sorry I am for taking the lives of my babies. Now I can be with my babies, as I always intended.”

Cause of death- lethal injection

32. William Jones- “My darling Gerti, my wife, I love you endlessly my honeybird. Till we meet again, stay strong. Love, Billy.”

Cause of death- execution 

33. James W. Chambers- “I understand the feelings of the Oestricker family, (family of his victim) and I ask their forgiveness… I want to stress to them that I did not go down there that night to harm Jerry (victim). I deeply regret how it turned out.”

Cause of death- execution

34. Rocky Barton- “I love you all, and I’m sorry for what I done. I’m sorry for killing your mom and what I done to you.”

Cause of death- lethal injection

35. David Long- “I can’t really pinpoint where it started, what happened, but really believe that’s just the bottom line, what happened to me was in California. I was in their reformatory schools and penitentiary, but ah, they create monsters in there.”

Cause of death- lethal injection

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Body language of sucking in the lips: When lips are sucked into the mouth or turned under so the red part of the lips are hidden (‘swallowing the lips’), this can indicate that the person is thinking and uncertain about something, which could easily be bad news.

Lip swallowing can also indicate suppressed speech, where the person is preventing themselves from speaking when perhaps they know they should. This can indicate lying or maybe disapproval.