Jeffrey Dahmer. A name that shocked Milwaukee and the entire nation to the core. A name whose murderous rampage might have continued indefinitely had one of his victims not escaped.

On the night of July 22, 1991, 32-year-old Tracy Edwards flagged down two Milwaukee police officers claiming a "freak" kidnapped and handcuffed him. Edwards accompanied the policemen back to Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment, where he claimed to have been held captive for five hours.

The handcuffs Jeffrey Dahmer used to handcuff Tracy Edwards
The handcuffs Dahmer used to handcuff Edwards.

Upon arrival, Edwards revealed Dahmer also threatened him with a knife and told him he wanted to eat his heart.

Surprisingly, Dahmer did not seem bothered by Edwards’ claims and simply directed the officers to a handcuff key on his bedside dresser.

Jeffrey Dahmer's bedroom

Upon entering the bedroom, the officer stumbled upon a large knife hidden under the bed as well as an open dresser with Polaroid pictures of dismembered human bodies.

A look inside Dahmer's dresser drawer where investigators found 74 Polaroid photographs

“These are for real,” the officer called back to his partner in the living room.

The discovery startled Dahmer, who tried to avoid arrest but was quickly overpowered by an officer.

Investigators remove evidence from Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment
Milwaukee County Medical Examiner Jeffrey M. Jentzen (center, in sport coat) supervises the removal of at least 10 boxes containing human remains from Dahmer's apartment.

A search conducted by the Milwaukee police’s Criminal Investigation Bureau revealed five severed heads, seven skulls (including some that were painted or bleached), and a tray of blood drippings inside a refrigerator.

Investigators also discovered two human hearts and a part of an arm wrapped in plastic bags on the refrigerator shelves, as well as a torso and a bag of human organs and flesh frozen in ice at the bottom of Dahmer’s freezer.

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