WARNING: This article contains graphic photos.
Before the police found him, Jeffrey Dahmer appeared to be an ordinary man who kept to himself. That image was shattered on July 22, 1991, when he was arrested after his final victim escaped and sought help from police. To the shock of the Milwaukee community, they had one of the many serial killers with a normal job on their hands.
Inside Dahmer's apartment, the police discovered a box of polaroids containing creepy pictures of the twisted things Dahmer did to his victims. In his fridge, they found a severed human head. Dahmer was arrested on the spot and his entire apartment became a crime scene. Forensic scientists and homicide detectives uncovered ghastly evidence; mundane objects like drums housed the decomposing and preserved remnants of his prey. Dahmer went on to confess to 17 murders. The remains of some of his victims, like his first, were never found - the only evidence of what happened to them are the photos Dahmer took as trophies and Dahmer's confession.
The Polaroid pictures and the crime scene photos that came out of apartment 213 at 924 North 25th Street in Milwaukee, WI, depict some of the darkest butchery and depravity one can imagine. If you want to see some of the pictures that reveal the darkness behind the unremarkable facade of the Milwaukee Cannibal, scroll on down, but be warned: the normalcy of Dahmer's apartment juxtaposed with the brutality of his crimes may leave you disturbed for a long time.
Nothing Out Of The Ordinary
Milwaukee police took a picture of Dahmer's apartment from the entrance to show that it had the appearance of normalcy, despite the graphic art displayed throughout the unit.
Unsettling Imagery And An Altar Of Death
This was another corner of Dahmer's living room that appeared ordinary at first glance. The relatively disturbing poses of the men in the photographs on the walls only hint at the darkness hidden in this picture.
Dahmer confessed that he made his victims pose for his polaroids on the black table, which he had been planning to use to construct an altar made of his victims.
Plans For A Shrine Made From His Victims
Hand-drawn plans for the shrine Dahmer planned to build with the preserved remains of his victims, including notes for design colors and a wall plaque with fluorescent eyes. He wanted to include of a lot of black objects, such as a "black and white carpet," a "black plush chair," a "window covered with black shower curtains," and a "black table."
He even scrawled notes of placing "painted skulls" along the table.
A Stack Of VHS Tapes
Dahmer had lots of VHS tapes with multiple movies dubbed onto them. Note the copy of Return of the Jedi in the bottom right corner. Dahmer identified with the Emperor and even bought yellow contact lenses to look like him.