Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer, streaming now on Netflix, tells the harrowing story of real-life murderer and sex offender Jeffrey Dahmer. The serial killer went on a killing spree that lasted over a decade and claimed at least 17 victims.
Some of his murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of body parts. The ten-part series also explores the systemic racism of the police force, which helped Dahmer get away with what he did for so long.
The police finally arrested him in 1991. How did the police discover what Dahmer was doing?
How was Jeffrey Dahmer finally caught?
If you’ve at least watched the first episode of the Netflix series, you’ll have a good idea of how Dahmer’s crimes eventually caught up with him. The premiere begins with Dahmer meeting Tracy Edwards, one of his few surviving victims. The real events happened very similar to what the show portrayed.
Dahmer was arrested on July 22, 1991. That day he approached three men and offered them money to pose for nudes. Edwards agreed and returned to Dahmer’s apartment, where the serial killer handcuffed him and held a knife to his chest.
Edwards managed to escape by hitting Dahmer and running to the door. When he did, he found two Milwaukee cops. Edwards led them back to Dahmer’s apartment, where they found Polaroid pictures of his dismembered victims. He tried to escape, but officers held him down.
Dahmer went to court and was charged with 16 counts of murder. He was sentenced to 16 consecutive life sentences. After nearly three years in prison, Dahmer was beaten to death by a fellow inmate.
What happened to Tracy Edwards?
After that horrible night for Edwards, he was charged with drug possession, theft and failure to pay child support, among other charges. He also served a year and a half in prison after pleading guilty to helping a felon push a man to his death off a bridge.
Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer is now streaming its 10-part season on Netflix.
How was serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer finally caught?