In 1979, following his unsuccessful attempt to enroll at Ohio State University, Jeffrey Dahmer decided to join the U.S. Army.
In January, Dahmer enlisted as a medical specialist at Fort Sam Houston, and six months later, he was deployed to West Germany, where he served as a combat medic.
Fellow soldiers were astonished by the fact that Dahmer had never kissed a girl and thought they could assist him in losing his virginity. One evening, they took Dahmer to Annabella’s House, a well-known brothel in Vogelweh. Two soldiers escorted Dahmer inside, where they introduced him to a lady. However, Dahmer snuck out of the brothel moments later.
At first, fellow recruits chalked the incident up to Dahmer’s shyness, but what they did not know was that Dahmer was not interested in women.
Dahmer understood this to be an inadmissible vice and initially vented his frustrations in solitary onanism. However, at some point, his autoerotic activities no longer gave him sufficient satisfaction. That’s when the predatory urges intensified.
In a 2010 interview, Preston Davis, a fellow soldier who served in a medic unit with Dahmer, claimed the notorious killer drugged and raped him inside an armored personnel vehicle.
Once Davis left Germany, he was replaced by a 17-year-old Billy Joe Capshaw. Dahmer’s abuse towards Capshaw began the day he and Dahmer were put into a room together. The first time Dahmer forced himself onto Capshaw, the teenager leapt from the third-floor window and managed to escape.
“I had probably been raped eight to 10 times, I don’t know. He was tying me to the bunk with motor-pool rope. He took all my clothing from me. He would either beat me before he raped me, or he would beat me after.”
After one incident, Capshaw was taken to the dispensary for a test to verify his claims. However, the doctors dismissed the allegations and sent Capshaw back to his room.
“I was there for another 17 months with Jeff, being raped and tortured.”
Ten years later, Capshaw learned that the rape kit and the results were simply discarded.
“They threw me to the dogs,” Capshaw said.
Preston Davis and Billy Joe Capshaw are now friends, bound together as the only two known victims of Dahmer’s Army assaults.
Due to alcohol abuse, Dahmer’s performance deteriorated and, in March 1981, he was deemed unsuitable for military service and was later discharged from the force.