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The Most Twisted Things Jeffrey Dahmer Did to His Victims

Jeffrey Dahmer wasn't just one of the country's most notorious serial killers - he was one who used truly creative and horrifying ways to torture, kill, and dispose of his victims, from eating their body parts to trying to make them into "zombies" by injecting drugs directly into their brains. According to Dahmer, he was motivated by a desire to take total possession of men whom he found physically attractive, whether by photo-documenting their dead bodies or by storing their parts in this refrigerator.

  • He Tried to Rip Out Steven Tuomi’s Heart

    He Tried to Rip Out Steven Tuomi’s Heart
    Photo: Guantxi / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

    Steven Tuomi was Dahmer’s second victim. He was killed at the Ambassador Hotel and then placed in a trunk. Before this happened, Dahmer tore into Tuomi’s chest and tried to remove his heart with his bare hands.  

    Dahmer took Tuomi’s body back to his grandmother’s house, where he proceeded to cut him up and throw his body parts away. Unlike Dahmer’s other victims, Tuomi’s remains were never found.

  • He Experimented on Konerak Sinthasomphone While He Was Still Alive

    Konerak Sinthasomphone was a 14-year-old that Dahmer drugged in his apartment. However, rather than strangle the boy, as he did his other victims, Dahmer instead drilled a hole in the back of his head, injected hydrochloric acid into the front sections of his brain, and performed other horrifying experiments, all while trying to create a sex zombie who would do his bidding.

    When this didn’t work, Dahmer dismembered him and stored his body parts in acid.

  • He Painted Raymond Smith’s Skull Gray and Then Stored It in His Refrigerator

    Raymond Smith was Dahmer’s seventh victim. Smith was picked up in a bar named Club 219, when the victim accepted Dahmer’s offer of posing for a few pictures in order to make some quick cash. Instead, Dahmer drugged, strangled, and then dismembered him. After the flesh was removed from Smith’s skull, Dahmer painted it gray and then placed it on a shelf in his fridge.

    According to Dahmer, “The only motive that there ever was was to completely control a person; a person I found physically attractive. And keep them with me as long as possible, even if it meant just keeping a part of them.”

  • He Took Pictures While He Cut Jeremiah Weinberger’s Body Into Small Pieces

    He Took Pictures While He Cut Jeremiah Weinberger’s Body Into Small Pieces
    Photo: Unknown / Fshoq! / CC BY 4.0

    Dahmer met Jeremiah Weinberger at a club on Well Street in Milwaukee. He lured Weinberger home, spent an entire day with him, and then knocked him out with a drugged drink. Then Dahmer strangled the man who became his 15th victim and photographed the process of dismembering him.

    As with many other victims, Weinberger’s skull wound up in Dahmer’s freezer.

    During his trial, Dahmer stated

    I was completely swept along with my own compulsion. I don't know how else to put it. It didn't satisfy me completely, so maybe I was thinking, "Maybe another one will. Maybe this one will." And the numbers started growing and growing and just got out of control, as you can see.