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How did Jeffrey Dahmer get caught as Netflix launches a new show about the serial killer?

September 22, 2022

Netflix released their new show, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Storyon September 21, and here’s how the serial killer was finally caught!

To this day, Jeffrey is considered one of America’s most gruesome serial killers. According to History.com, he was sentenced to 15 consecutive life sentences in 1996 but died after three years in prison.

The serial killer’s story is the inspiration behind Netflix’s new crime thriller, Freakwhich stars actor Evan Peters as the title character.

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American serial killer Jeffrey DahmerPhoto by Curt Borgwardt/Sygma via Getty Images

How did Jeffrey Dahmer get caught?

***WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD***

After a decade on the run from law enforcement, Jeffrey was finally arrested in 1991 after one of his victims managed to escape and notified the police.

On July 22, 1991, 32-year-old Tracy Edwards, played by Shaun J. Brown on the show, met Jeffrey at a local bar in Milwaukee. He agreed to come to the serial killer’s apartment and pose for a few photos for a $100 fee, outlet GoodToKnow notes.

Jeffrey put Tracy in handcuffs in the apartment and told his victim he intended to eat her heart.

The foul smell in the house and the cans of hydrochloric acid on the floor combined with Jeffrey’s spooky actions scared Tracy for her life.

He managed to convince the serial killer, who by this point had already killed over a dozen people, to remove him from the handcuffs and beat him before escaping the apartment.

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Tracey soon encountered two police officers who inquired about her welfare. He told the story to the cops, who immediately asked if he would accompany them to Jeffrey’s apartment for questioning, which the victim agreed to.

At Jeffrey’s apartment, one of the officers found a large knife under his bed. While rummaging through his drawers, the cops found Polaroids of dismembered human bodies. They also reportedly found a severed head in the refrigerator.

Jeffrey was immediately placed under arrest.

According to StyleCaster, Jeffrey pleaded guilty to rape, murder, dismemberment and cannibalism. Between 1978 and 1991, he allegedly murdered 17 men.

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Jeffrey Dahmer was caught after his latest victim managed to escapePhoto by Curt Borgwardt/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images

Why didn’t Jeffrey receive the death penalty?

Despite his horrific crimes, Jeffrey was not sentenced to death as Wisconsin became the first state to abolish the penalty in 1853.

Jeffrey’s safety had been a major concern for prison staff during his incarceration.

He spent three years behind bars before being beaten to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver in 1994.

The New York Times reported in 1994 that Jeffrey spent his first year in prison in protective solitary confinement. Authorities are said to have feared that killing one of America’s most notorious criminals would give another prisoner a higher standing in the prison world.

Netflix Releases Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

The stars of the first season of the Netflix show Waston Mare actor Evan Peters leads, while Shaun Brown plays Tracy Edwards, Jeffrey’s latest victim.

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The show also stars actors Matthew Alan, Niecy Wash, Richard Jenkins, Catherine Dahmer, Khetphet Phagnasay, and Michael Learned, among others.

Season 1 of the series has 10 thrilling episodes.

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