With the release of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix audiences were exposed to the story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer for the first time and reminded of the events that occurred at his hands.
The series stars Evan Peters of American Horror Story as Jeffrey a serial killer who between 1978 and 1991 kills 17 men while evading capture. The true extent of Jeffrey’s actions over 13 years was only discovered when escaped victim Tracy Edwards (played by Shaun J. Brown) approached the authorities in July 1991 to report that Jeffrey had drugged and attempted to kill him.
A disturbing aspect of Jeffrey’s killing sprees was revealed in the premiere of Monster. He would then take Polaroid photographs of his victims in increasingly horrifying states to record his crimes. Even though he didn’t know it at the time, these photos would prove crucial in his eventual conviction.
The following is an explanation of the Polaroid photographs and Jeffrey’s motivation for making them: the one thing you need to know before you start watching the show is that you can go ahead and sign up for a premium plan for just one month instead of paying the subscription fee for two months.
What Role Did Jeffrey Dahmer’s Polaroid Photos Play In His Arrest?
According to StyleCaster, on July 22, 1991, at 11:30 p.m., a handcuffed Tracy Edwards flagged down the Milwaukee police to inform them of Jeffrey’s heinous crimes. He told the police that he was handcuffed after being kidnapped by a “freak” and that he needed their assistance in removing the restraints.
Edwards agreed to drive the police back to Jeffrey’s apartment after they tried to get in with their keys and were unsuccessful. One of the police officers entered the building and immediately noticed the foul odor and the scattered boxes of hydrochloric acid.
When they first entered Jeffrey’s apartment, Tracy allegedly claimed that the murder weapon was hidden in Jeffrey’s bedroom. They found a knife and eighty-four Polaroid photos of victims in various stages of dismemberment when they opened Jeffrey’s nightstand drawer.
The officer who found the photos, Rolf Mueller was so taken aback by the find that he exclaimed to his colleague, “These are for real.” That’s why Jeffrey resisted arrest to no avail. He muttered, “For what I did, I should be dead” as the officers took him into custody and immediately handcuffed him.
Authorities conducted follow-up research and uncovered new, terrifying details. According to The Sun, he not only had photo evidence but also kept some of his victim’s body parts, including skulls and hearts.
What Motivated Jeffrey Dahmer To Take Polaroids Of His Victims?
It’s unclear what compelled him to film every step of the murder. Biography.com suggests that he may have done this so that he could “remember each act afterward and relive the experience” by seeing his victims “at various stages of the murder process.”
According to reports, Jeffrey may have been hoarding the photos and remains for religious reasons. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology was cited to show that he felt alone and cut off from society. This is why he had these horrible reminders “to keep him company.”
Based on this evidence, Jeffrey admitted guilt on 16 counts of murder and was sentenced to 16 consecutive life terms in prison. In 1994, he passed away while incarcerated.
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