Did Jeffrey Dahmer take polaroids of his victims? Here’s what police found in his apartment
3 October 2022, 09:12
It was Jeffrey Dahmer's polaroids in his bedroom drawer that led to his eventual arrest. [CW // Extreme violence, sexual assault]
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Jeffrey Dahmer took actual polaroids of his victims and the real evidence that police found in his apartment is bone-chilling.
As depicted in Netflix's Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Jeffrey Dahmer took dozens of graphic polaroids of his victims' dead bodies. In fact, it was these polaroids that led to his arrest. When Tracy Edwards managed to escape Dahmer, officers went into his apartment and arrested him after finding incriminating polaroid photos in a drawer in the serial killer's bedroom.
Following Dahmer's arrest, a full search was carried out and investigators found everything from skulls to severed genitals in his apartment.
What did police find in Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment?
As mentioned above, it was the polaroid photos that actually led to Dahmer's eventual imprisonment and, had they not been found, it's possible that Dahmer wouldn't have been caught. Despite a criminal record and multiple public complaints about his behaviour, police had failed to investigate Dahmer or his apartment before Tracy Edwards reported him in 1991.
In total, 74 polaroids were found. The majority were taken in Dahmer's apartment. Some were of his victims when they were alive but the majority of them were of his victim's dismembered body parts, often laid out in sexual positions. After finding the photos, police called for backup and, after opening Dahmer's fridge, they found the severed head of a Black man.
When a full investigation was completed, four severed heads were discovered in Dahmer's kitchen and seven skulls in his bedroom. Meanwhile, his fridge contained two human hearts and a portion of arm muscle. His freezer contained a whole human torso, a bag of human organs and remnants of human flesh.
Elsewhere in Dahmer's apartment, investigators found two entire skeletons, two severed hands, two severed penises, a mummified scalp, and an acid drum containing three torsos. Dahmer later admitted to cooking and eating parts of his victims and said that he was collecting the skulls to form an altar.
According to The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, Dahmer took the polaroid photos to have as momentous and "keep him company".
Dahmer killed 17 victims in total and, in 1992, he was sentenced to 16 terms of life imprisonment. In 1994, he was murdered at the Columbia Correctional Institution by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver.
Read more about Netflix's DAHMER here:
- Where is Christopher Scarver now? Here's what happened to the man who killed Jeffrey Dahmer
- Here's what happened to Ron Flowers and the men who survived Dahmer
- Where is Glenda Cleveland now? Here's what happened to Jeffrey Dahmer's neighbour in real life
- Does Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment still exist? What does it look like now?
- Evan Peters says Jeffrey Dahmer is the hardest role he's ever had to play