Jeffrey Dahmer remains one of the most infamous killers of all time. Specifically targeting gay youths, Dahmer lured them into his apartment where he assaulted, killed, and dismembered them. Though Dahmer was eventually found out when a victim escaped, another of his victims managed to flee from Dahmer's nightmarish apartment. A 14-year-old boy by the name of Konerak Sinthasomphone managed to escape from his clutches, yet his escape failed to put Dahmer in jail. Why is that? Horrifyingly enough, because police officer John Balcerzak actually gave the boy back to Dahmer after he escaped.
Though he initially fled, Sinthasomphone had already been drugged and assaulted by Dahmer, and was therefore disoriented once witnesses found him in the streets. Though witnesses pleaded with authorities to take the boy to safety, the cops instead took the boy back to Dahmer's home. Later, the boy suffered the same fate as Dahmer's other victims.
Dahmer Claimed The Boy Was His Legal-Aged Lover
When police arrived, Dahmer sought to straighten out his story. Dahmer simply told the police that Sinthasomphone was his consensual 19-year-old lover. To explain the teen's disorientation, Dahmer claimed the boy was drunk, and that the blood on him came from a skinned knee. He told the witnesses, as well as the police, that the teen became drunk during a quarrel, and that he often acted this way when he was upset. He also said that he could take care of the boy back in the apartment.
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The officers who responded to the scene, John Balcerzak and Joseph Gabrish, seemingly botched the situation in multiple ways. They failed to check Dahmer's criminal history, where they would have seen he was listed as a child molester just recently out of jail. They did not inspect Sinthasomphone thoroughly for damage, or get a medical examination for him. And most of all, they ignored the two women who had, until then, managed to protect the boy from harm.
When the girls insisted Sinthasomphone was in danger, the police ignored them. They said it was a domestic dispute, and that they should leave it alone. Even when the girls claimed to have seen Sinthasomphone around the neighborhood, a teenage boy who had been missing for a full day, they did not listen. Many now claim racism possibly played a factor in the cops' refusal to listen to the witnesses, who happened to be black.
Officers Helped Dahmer Take His Victim Back To The Apartment
The police made up their minds for Sinthasomphone to be returned to Dahmer's apartment, but he didn't seem to want to go. Rather than take this as a sign that something was wrong, the police decided to help forcefully take the boy back inside. Even though he was only capable of muttering incoherently, Sinthasomphone tried to protest.
Unfortunately, the police officers decided this mumbling was just Laotian, and paid it no mind. Even as he struggled, the two witnesses looked on in horror. As then 17-year-old Childress recalls, "He was struggling; he was reaching out to me for help."
Police Noticed A Foul Smell In Dahmer's Apartment, But Did Not Look Around
Once in the apartment, Dahmer showed the officers the photographs he took the previous day as evidence the two were lovers. While there, one of the officers noticed a strange smell, but failed to investigate it.
This smell was actually the decaying corpse still on the floor of Dahmer's bedroom, but even as the officers escorted Sinthasomphone to the bedroom, they failed to notice it.