At a casual glance, Jeffrey Dahmer’s $300-a-month, one-bedroom furnished apartment appeared ordinary—a beige couch, a fish tank, an Oriental rug.
Little did anyone suspect that the walls of Apartment 213 also held the sinister secrets of one of the most notorious serial killers in history.
Less than a week after moving into the apartment, Dahmer killed his sixth victim, Raymond Smith.
The day after the murder, Dahmer went out and purchased a Polaroid camera. Upon returning home, the Milwaukee Cannibal took photos of Smith's posed body in suggestive positions before dismembering him in the bathroom.
Within the next five months, Dahmer claimed the lives of three more men before involuntarily taking a break. Between October 1990 and February 1991, at least five of Dahmer's attempts to lure men into his apartment were unsuccessful.
During his meetings with the probation officer, Dahmer complained of feelings of anxiety and depression with frequent references to his sexuality, his solitary lifestyle, and financial difficulties. On several occasions, Dahmer also revealed he had suicidal thoughts.
By 1991, residents of the Oxford Apartments repeatedly complained about the fouls smells and occasional sounds of a chainsaw emanating from the Apartment 213.
Building manager Sopa Princewill contacted Dahmer in response to these complaints on several occasions. Dahmer initially told Princewill that the source of the smell were the spoiled contents of his broken freezer. The second time, Dahmer claimed the odor was coming from his dead tropical fish.
Following his involuntary break from killing, Dahmer claimed seven more victims in five months.
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