Sunday, November 28, 2010

At least some fish were spared

On this day in 1994, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, serving 15 consecutive life sentences for the murders of 15 men, was beaten to death by a fellow inmate while on cleaning duty in a bathroom at the Columbia Correctional Institute in Portage, Wisconsin.

Dahmer murdered at least 17 men between 1978 and 1991. Most of these were young, gay African-Americans he lured back to his home, promising to pay them money to pose nude for photographs. Dahmer would drug and strangle them to death, generally mutilating, and occasionally cannibalizing, their bodies.

Dahmer was arrested on July 22, 1991, and entered a plea of guilty but insane in 15 of the 17 murders he confessed to committing. In February 1992, the jury found him sane in each murder and sentenced him to 15 consecutive life sentences.

" If I was killed in prison, that would be a blessing right now," Dahmer said afterwards.

Dahmer was killed at the age of 34 by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver, who also fatally beat the third man on their work detail, Jesse Anderson. Scarver said that God told him to kill Dahmer and Scarver. Already serving a life term for murder, he was sentenced to additional life terms and transferred to a federal prison.

In one of his many interviews, the well-spoken Jeffrey Dahmer turned reflective:

"I should have gone to college and gone into real estate and got myself an aquarium, that's what I should have done."