Jeffrey Dahmer's mom said son 'did not mean to hurt anyone' and wasn't a monster

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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It seems Jeffrey Dahmer is still making headlines despite having been dead since 1994.

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, a new Netflix TV series about his life, was released on the streaming giant on September 21 and has since clocked 196 million hours viewed during its first week, as previously reported.

The 10-episode series details the life of the convicted serial killer and sex offender, who was responsible for the gruesome deaths of 17 young men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Most of his victims were queer men of Black, Latinx, or Asian heritage - over the years many people have cited this as a reason why Dahmer was able to carry out the depraved murders largely undetected.

Now, an interview with the notorious cannibal's mother, Joyce Dahmer, has been unearthed, where she states that her son "did not mean to hurt anyone."

"The woman who raised one of America's most notorious serial killers speaks out," the host says, before adding that Dahmer "brought pain and suffering to so many families."

Ahead of the interview, journalist Diane Diamond called Joyce a "remarkable woman" and "an educated woman with a Master's degree in counseling."

"Joyce Dahmer has been to Hell and back, and what she has to say will probably surprise you," Diamond added.

Speaking to the camera, Joyce states: "I still love my son, I've never stopped loving my son. He was a beautiful baby, he was a wonderful child, he has always been loved."

Referring to Joyce as a "devoted mother," the interview shows several images of her with a baby Dahmer, as well as excerpts of a baby memory book she created for her son throughout his early years.

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A three-year-old Dahmer in 1963. Credit: ARCHIVIO GBB / Alamy

The mom-of-two revealed that she originally heard the news of her son's arrest through a friend, who had called Joyce after seeing news coverage of the grisly details of Dahmer's murderous spree in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

"She simply said 'Jeffrey's in trouble,' and I said 'what kind,' and she said 'bad trouble,'" Joyce said of her friend's phone call.

Dahmer had admitted to everything upon being arrested - including detailing the sick ways he disposed of and preserved the body parts of his victims, some even remaining in his freezer for months.

Joyce stated that she believed her son - who sexually abused and murdered boys as young as 14 - was a "victim" of a "compulsion" and an "obsession." She added that he "tried to stop" and was "scared" of getting caught for his crimes.

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Joyce stated that she believed her son - who sexually abused and murdered young boys as young as 14 - was a "victim" of a "compulsion" and an "obsession." Credit: ARCHIVIO GBB / Alamy

Dahmer's mom even added that she had been a good mother to her son and that she wasn't to blame for raising a man who ended up murdering multiple people: "I know that I had done a good job as a parent."

However, in the Netflix series, Joyce is shown as having a pill addiction, attempting to take her own life, and spending hours in bed in depressive episodes.

Dahmer was said to have been left largely to his own devices and one of his elementary school teachers even noted he had early signs of abandonment due to his mother's mental health issues and the continued absence of his chemist father, Biographics detailed.

Joyce eventually revealed in the interview that she did not believe her son was a monster, stating: "I know this sounds strange, but he did not mean to hurt anyone. "

Dahmer was sentenced to 16 consecutive prison sentences for his twisted crimes - that ended up being 941 years - in 1991. Three years later, at the age of 34, he was murdered by a fellow inmate.

Featured image credit: Credit: REUTERS / Alamy

Jeffrey Dahmer's mom said son 'did not mean to hurt anyone' and wasn't a monster

vt-author-image

By Phoebe Egoroff

Article saved!Article saved!

It seems Jeffrey Dahmer is still making headlines despite having been dead since 1994.

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, a new Netflix TV series about his life, was released on the streaming giant on September 21 and has since clocked 196 million hours viewed during its first week, as previously reported.

The 10-episode series details the life of the convicted serial killer and sex offender, who was responsible for the gruesome deaths of 17 young men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Most of his victims were queer men of Black, Latinx, or Asian heritage - over the years many people have cited this as a reason why Dahmer was able to carry out the depraved murders largely undetected.

Now, an interview with the notorious cannibal's mother, Joyce Dahmer, has been unearthed, where she states that her son "did not mean to hurt anyone."

"The woman who raised one of America's most notorious serial killers speaks out," the host says, before adding that Dahmer "brought pain and suffering to so many families."

Ahead of the interview, journalist Diane Diamond called Joyce a "remarkable woman" and "an educated woman with a Master's degree in counseling."

"Joyce Dahmer has been to Hell and back, and what she has to say will probably surprise you," Diamond added.

Speaking to the camera, Joyce states: "I still love my son, I've never stopped loving my son. He was a beautiful baby, he was a wonderful child, he has always been loved."

Referring to Joyce as a "devoted mother," the interview shows several images of her with a baby Dahmer, as well as excerpts of a baby memory book she created for her son throughout his early years.

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A three-year-old Dahmer in 1963. Credit: ARCHIVIO GBB / Alamy

The mom-of-two revealed that she originally heard the news of her son's arrest through a friend, who had called Joyce after seeing news coverage of the grisly details of Dahmer's murderous spree in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

"She simply said 'Jeffrey's in trouble,' and I said 'what kind,' and she said 'bad trouble,'" Joyce said of her friend's phone call.

Dahmer had admitted to everything upon being arrested - including detailing the sick ways he disposed of and preserved the body parts of his victims, some even remaining in his freezer for months.

Joyce stated that she believed her son - who sexually abused and murdered boys as young as 14 - was a "victim" of a "compulsion" and an "obsession." She added that he "tried to stop" and was "scared" of getting caught for his crimes.

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Joyce stated that she believed her son - who sexually abused and murdered young boys as young as 14 - was a "victim" of a "compulsion" and an "obsession." Credit: ARCHIVIO GBB / Alamy

Dahmer's mom even added that she had been a good mother to her son and that she wasn't to blame for raising a man who ended up murdering multiple people: "I know that I had done a good job as a parent."

However, in the Netflix series, Joyce is shown as having a pill addiction, attempting to take her own life, and spending hours in bed in depressive episodes.

Dahmer was said to have been left largely to his own devices and one of his elementary school teachers even noted he had early signs of abandonment due to his mother's mental health issues and the continued absence of his chemist father, Biographics detailed.

Joyce eventually revealed in the interview that she did not believe her son was a monster, stating: "I know this sounds strange, but he did not mean to hurt anyone. "

Dahmer was sentenced to 16 consecutive prison sentences for his twisted crimes - that ended up being 941 years - in 1991. Three years later, at the age of 34, he was murdered by a fellow inmate.

Featured image credit: Credit: REUTERS / Alamy