“The look of terror and almost hysteria that he had on his face in the interrogation room that first night as he was coming down off the alcohol and finally realizing that the gig was up, he was caught—He did cry several times. He went into a rage. Besides asking to kill himself, he stood up and pounced around a couple times. He made this statement: ‘When I tell you what I’m gonna tell you, you’re gonna be famous.’ And I tried to say, ‘Look, Jeff, there’s nothing that you can tell me that’s gonna freak me out.’ And he laughed at that. He said, ‘You don’t know. You don’t know what I’ve done.”
- Detective Patrick Kennedy talking about Jeffrey Dahmer on the night of his arrest
During his stint in the military, Jeffrey Dahmer made the acquaintance of David Goss, who counted Jeff as one of his friends while stationed in Baumholder, Germany. “He could make you believe anything,” Goss said of Dahmer. “He was intelligent enough that when you spoke to him, even if you knew that you were right, by the end of the conversation you’d be agreeing with Jeff. That was just the flair that Jeff had. He could talk you into believing anything. But then there were a lot of times when he’d be withdrawn, quiet, to himself, and there was kind of an unwritten rule over there that if someone’s quiet and withdrawn, you leave them to themselves, because usually they’re thinking about a problem or about home or something.” Goss also perceived that Jeff seemed haunted by something that he couldn’t tell anyone about. “He had something eating away at him, definitely. Eating away at him from the inside. And the way that he got rid of it was by drinking.”
Jeffrey Dahmer was known for becoming obnoxious and aggressive when drunk. Frequent shouting matches and fights, instigated by him, erupted in the barracks. “When Jeff would get drunk, as long as you left him alone, he was fine,” Goss explained. “But if you antagonized him while he was drunk, then he’d flare up.” Gradually, Dahmer’s control over his alcohol intake diminished and the army began enforcing strict penalties, the most severe of which was placement in a rehabilitation program that stripped Dahmer of nearly all of his freedom, so that soldiers escorted him to wherever he went and his activities were limited to a narrow few. However, Dahmer continued to drink. “The closer he came to the time that we finally said that enough was enough, he started drinking more on the weekday evenings, and then it just got to the end, and he was just drunk 24 hours a day,” Goss described. “He’d wake up, grab the bottle, and drink until he passed out.”
Dahmer lasted two years, two months, and 15 days in the army until he was discharged for habitual alcoholism. In their last conversation together, Goss told Jeff that he knew that he could have made it in the army; the only thing that he was proving by getting out was that he was a loser. At Goss’s words, Jeff became irate. “That’s when he flared up and started walking towards me, raising his voice. He said, ‘That’s one thing I’ll tell you, Goss, is that I’m not a loser. Someday you’ll hear from me. You’ll see me again or you’ll read about me, but someday you will hear about me and you’ll know that I’m not a loser.”
Prison records indicate that at 2:55 am on April 16th, 1994, Jeffrey Dahmer placed a piece of paper in front of his cell door which read, “I foresee a summer full of very unpleasant behavioral problems for Jeff.” When asked about the message, Jeffrey Dahmer replied that prison staff wouldn’t understand what it meant. A sergeant asked him if he had any immediate plans to misbehave. Jeff said he had planned “nothing for tonight except going to bed” and that maybe in the next few weeks he would plan something.
no, I would not
Considering sex with Jeff often lead to death lol
As befits a man who himself became the subject of many gruesome jokes, Dahmer would sometimes try to break the monotony by kidding around with guards and inmates. “I bite,” he would warn. Once he even reportedly posted a sign on the prison bulletin board for a “Cannibals Anonymous” meeting; it was swiftly removed. He was temporarily fired from his job after impersonating a staff member on the telephone. “He had a very interesting sense of humor,” says Wisconsin prison system spokesman Joseph Scislowicz.
Upon learning that her ex-husband had written a book containing details from her infamous son’s childhood, Joyce “Rocky” Flint was livid. How could he write a book about Jeff’s childhood, she demanded, when he was never there? Lionel Dahmer himself admitted that he spent most of his time at work during Jeff’s formative years to escape the tumultuous climate of his marriage. Between battles with his volatile wife and his work at the lab, there was little energy left to become emotionally involved with his oldest son, whose remoteness and listless demeanor already discouraged engagement. Jeff’s younger brother David, expressive and outgoing, was far easier with whom to communicate. Joyce also favored David, seeing him as more like herself. She largely regarded her older child as an enigma, troubled by how similar he was in personality to the husband she despised.
As an adult, Jeff reported that he was close to neither of his parents. He made scarce contact with his mother, whom he hadn’t seen in five years by the time he was arrested. His relationship with his father was better, but devoid of emotional intimacy. In truth, Lionel Dahmer found his son to be a disappointment; the boy had failed to achieve a higher education and seemed to be without direction. He pointed out his faults so as to correct him, attempting to steer him into various pursuits with the hope of straightening him out. Wanting to please his father, Jeff passively went along with his plans, but because he held no real interest in any of them, or seemingly anything, he would inevitably fail, ending with his father frustrated and disappointed again with his errant son and Jeff inwardly seething at his father for controlling him.
In an interview with his probation officer, Jeff expressed some of his feelings, explaining that he felt uncomfortable around his father because he was “controlling to the point of being bossy” and because he was always too busy to spend time with him. To others, he complained that he did not get along with any of his family members. It seemed that aside from his grandmother, there was no one else he felt comfortable around and with whom he had a genuinely caring relationship. Ironically, it wasn’t until after he was arrested that this would change. Once Jeff was imprisoned, both of his parents forged a closer bond with their son. However, by then he’d killed 17 men.