Jeffrey Dahmer's dad admits he also had 'weird thoughts' and was 'never caught' in new recordings

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By stefan armitage

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Never-before-heard phone conversations between serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and his father, Lionel Dahmer, have been made public.

As reported by the Daily Mail, the calls will be featured in the upcoming FOX Nation documentary, My Son Jeffrey: The Dahmer Family Tapes, which is set to premiere on September 18.

The show promises "new insight into one of the world’s most infamous string of crimes."

Jeffrey Dahmer's Dark Past

Dahmer's crimes have long repulsed and fascinated the general public.

Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer committed heinous acts of rape, murder, and cannibalism against 17 young men in Wisconsin and Ohio.

Finally convicted in 1992, Dahmer was subsequently murdered in prison in 1994, at the age of 34. His life and twisted crimes were brought to mainstream attention by last year's hit Netflix documentary, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

READ MORE: Dahmer Explains Why He Took A 9-Year Break From Killing

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Jeffrey Dahmer killed 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Credit: Curt Borgwardt / Getty

Lionel Dahmer's Surprising Revelations

In the unsettling prison phone recordings that are set to feature in the upcoming documentary, Lionel Dahmer can be heard saying to his son: "I had weird thoughts too, in my childhood. You're just like me Jeff. Amazingly all the times I should've been caught, I never was."

What’s even more chilling is Lionel’s next query to his son: "What was the very first fantasy, I was wondering, that you can remember having which you thought to yourself was kind of odd or disturbing?"

Lionel Dahmer further goes on to say during these revealing conversations: "Nothing, absolutely nothing is too great not to be forgiven."

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Lionel and Shari Dahmer, Jeffrey's father and stepmother, at the trial. Credit: Ralf-Finn Hestoft / Getty

A Peek Into the Dahmer Family

Lionel Dahmer, who now resides with his second wife, Shari, in Seville, Ohio, penned a memoir in 1994 called A Father’s Story, offering his perspective on his son's crimes.

The Dahmer family has largely stayed out of the limelight since Jeffrey's incarceration and subsequent death. Lionel has been divorced from his son's mother, Joyce, since 1978 following her affair.

READ MORE: Dahmer victim recalls moments before escaping from the killer

The Brutal Details of Dahmer's Crimes

By day, Dahmer was employed at a chocolate factory, but by night, he hunted his victims predominantly in gay bars. Luring them to his Milwaukee home with promises of alcohol and photographs. While there, he would drug, strangle, or stab them to death.

In many cases, he dismembered his victims - and would engage in necrophilia and cannibalism. A total of 74 Polaroid pictures detailing the dismemberment were discovered during police investigations.

How Dahmer Got Caught

Dahmer’s reign of terror finally came to an end in July 1991, thanks to his 18th intended victim, then-32-year-old Tracy Edwards.

Edwards managed to escape after being handcuffed and almost attacked with a knife by Dahmer. Alerting police, a search of Dahmer’s apartment revealed chilling evidence including photographs of mutilated bodies and even a severed head in the fridge.

Following his arrest, a detailed police search of his home found human skulls and a barrel used for carrying victims.

The Legal Consequences

Upon his arrest, Dahmer confessed to killing 17 young men, with victims ranging in age from 14 to 36. Pleading guilty, he was sentenced to 16 life terms in 1992 as the death penalty was not on the table.

He was later killed in prison by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver.

With the upcoming documentary set to air later this month, Jeffrey Dahmer continues to be an enigma that both repels and fascinates the public. Following the success of Netflix's Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, I'm sure many of you will be tuning in on September 18.

Featured image credit: Curt Borgwardt / Steve Kagan / Getty

Jeffrey Dahmer's dad admits he also had 'weird thoughts' and was 'never caught' in new recordings

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

Never-before-heard phone conversations between serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and his father, Lionel Dahmer, have been made public.

As reported by the Daily Mail, the calls will be featured in the upcoming FOX Nation documentary, My Son Jeffrey: The Dahmer Family Tapes, which is set to premiere on September 18.

The show promises "new insight into one of the world’s most infamous string of crimes."

Jeffrey Dahmer's Dark Past

Dahmer's crimes have long repulsed and fascinated the general public.

Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer committed heinous acts of rape, murder, and cannibalism against 17 young men in Wisconsin and Ohio.

Finally convicted in 1992, Dahmer was subsequently murdered in prison in 1994, at the age of 34. His life and twisted crimes were brought to mainstream attention by last year's hit Netflix documentary, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

READ MORE: Dahmer Explains Why He Took A 9-Year Break From Killing

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Jeffrey Dahmer killed 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Credit: Curt Borgwardt / Getty

Lionel Dahmer's Surprising Revelations

In the unsettling prison phone recordings that are set to feature in the upcoming documentary, Lionel Dahmer can be heard saying to his son: "I had weird thoughts too, in my childhood. You're just like me Jeff. Amazingly all the times I should've been caught, I never was."

What’s even more chilling is Lionel’s next query to his son: "What was the very first fantasy, I was wondering, that you can remember having which you thought to yourself was kind of odd or disturbing?"

Lionel Dahmer further goes on to say during these revealing conversations: "Nothing, absolutely nothing is too great not to be forgiven."

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Lionel and Shari Dahmer, Jeffrey's father and stepmother, at the trial. Credit: Ralf-Finn Hestoft / Getty

A Peek Into the Dahmer Family

Lionel Dahmer, who now resides with his second wife, Shari, in Seville, Ohio, penned a memoir in 1994 called A Father’s Story, offering his perspective on his son's crimes.

The Dahmer family has largely stayed out of the limelight since Jeffrey's incarceration and subsequent death. Lionel has been divorced from his son's mother, Joyce, since 1978 following her affair.

READ MORE: Dahmer victim recalls moments before escaping from the killer

The Brutal Details of Dahmer's Crimes

By day, Dahmer was employed at a chocolate factory, but by night, he hunted his victims predominantly in gay bars. Luring them to his Milwaukee home with promises of alcohol and photographs. While there, he would drug, strangle, or stab them to death.

In many cases, he dismembered his victims - and would engage in necrophilia and cannibalism. A total of 74 Polaroid pictures detailing the dismemberment were discovered during police investigations.

How Dahmer Got Caught

Dahmer’s reign of terror finally came to an end in July 1991, thanks to his 18th intended victim, then-32-year-old Tracy Edwards.

Edwards managed to escape after being handcuffed and almost attacked with a knife by Dahmer. Alerting police, a search of Dahmer’s apartment revealed chilling evidence including photographs of mutilated bodies and even a severed head in the fridge.

Following his arrest, a detailed police search of his home found human skulls and a barrel used for carrying victims.

The Legal Consequences

Upon his arrest, Dahmer confessed to killing 17 young men, with victims ranging in age from 14 to 36. Pleading guilty, he was sentenced to 16 life terms in 1992 as the death penalty was not on the table.

He was later killed in prison by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver.

With the upcoming documentary set to air later this month, Jeffrey Dahmer continues to be an enigma that both repels and fascinates the public. Following the success of Netflix's Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, I'm sure many of you will be tuning in on September 18.

Featured image credit: Curt Borgwardt / Steve Kagan / Getty