Jeffery Dahmer Lived In An Iowa College Town For A Short Time
Jeffery Dahmer is one of, if not, the most notorious serial killers of the modern era, after being found guilty of the murder of 15 victims, necrophilia, and cannibalism. His name has been especially trending on social media lately, due to the release of Netflix's Monster: The Jeffery Dahmer Story, a limited drama series depicting the life of Dahmer.
Dahmer was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 21st, 1960 to Lionel and Joyce Dahmer. Lionel was a Marquette University chemistry student. It's widely documented that his mother, Joyce, was a hypochondriac who battled depression, often spending an increasing amount of time in bed, and Lionel was often busy with schooling and work, which made for a difficult early childhood for Jeffery.
He committed his first murder at the age of 18, just three weeks after his high school graduation, after picking up hitchhiker Steven Mark Hicks, who was nearly 19. According to Dahmer himself, Hicks came over for some drinks and the two spent hours listening to music, talking, and drinking.
Eventually, Hicks "wanted to leave and I didn't want him to leave," Dahmer said. Dahmer struck him with a 10-pound dumbbell and killed him by strangulation with the same dumbbell after he was on the ground.
This would be the first of seventeen men and boys over the course of the next thirteen years, many of which he preserved pieces of the victim's skeletons while disposing of many of the victim's non-preserved body parts in a 57-gallon drum of acid that was found in his apartment.
Many accounts of Dahmer's early childhood reference that his demeanor changed around the age of four, after double hernia surgery - he went from a happy, energetic child to a more subdued, reclusive, and quiet child.
It was just before his fourth birthday that Lionel moved to Ames, Iowa so that he could focus on his Ph.D. in Chemistry, graduating in 1966. He graduated with a Master of Science degree from Marquette University in 1962 when Jeffery was two.
Assuming that the Dahmers moved to the state in 1962 for Lionel to get his Ph.D in four years at Iowa State University, it would be the assumption that Dahmer's hernia surgery would have been performed somewhere around the Ames area - but this is just speculation based on the age of the surgery. The location of Dahmer's surgery isn't known to the public.
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