Jeffrey Dahmer-Every false myth
Since I’ve noticed there are many false information, photos and myths about Jeffrey Dahmer, I decided to make this post to say the truth about ALL these things. Write me if you want to add other myths or if you have any doubts!
Childhood and Adolescence
1. The “Child with a cat” photo
I think almost everyone has seen this picture of “Jeffrey Dahmer as a child” many times. As I’ve already said, the kid in the picture IS NOT him: taking a look at the pictures in Lionel Dahmer’s book, A father’s story, we can clearly see that the two children are very different!
So, who is the child with the cat? He’s Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer. The facial features are really similar.
2. Jeff liked torturing and killing animals
A huge number of famous murderers used to kill and torture animals as children, and then torture and kill people as adults. Jeff liked seeing what there was inside a body, but he never killed alive animals: he found dead racoons and squirrels on country roads, and he cut them to see their guts. In My friend Dahmer there’s a part when Derf talks about an episode who happened when Jeff was a teenager: he went fishing and when he captured a small fish he stabbed it to death to see his intestines. I think it is just a fictional episode, because Derf didn’t see it with his own eyes.
3. Jeff was abused by his neighbor/his own father
Child abuse is another thing which is really common in serial killers, such as Aileen Wuornos, and many sites/books report that a neighbor or Lionel abused Jeffrey when he was a child, but this isn’t true. In an interview Jeff said that he was never abused in his childhood.
4. The “snow bong” photo
“Ladies and gentlemen, Jeffrey Dahmer with a snow bong!”. Ah ah, this would be really funny if it was real. I don’t know who is the guy in the picture, and when this legend started, but he isn’t Jeff. He doesn’t even look like him!
Life and homicides
5. Jeff’s IQ
Many people here claim that Dahmer’s IQ was 145: an high intelligence quotient is a common trait in murderers. But Jeff wasn’t so smart: his IQ was 117 (source: The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer), the average number is 100-110.