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Who are Jeffrey Dahmer’s parents and what happened to them?

September 22, 2022

The story of Jeffrey Dahmer has fascinated true crime aficionados for decades and now the sinister deeds of the serial killer are returning to the spotlight thanks to Netflix’s latest series.

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story chronicles the infamous deeds of the Milwaukee cannibal and also explores parts of his childhood and the relationship he had with his parents.

But who are Jeffrey Dahmer’s parents and what ultimately happened to them?

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Who are Jeffrey Dahmer’s parents?

Jeffrey’s parents are Lionel and Joyce Dahmer.

After getting married, the couple welcomed Jeffrey as their first child on May 21, 1960 and would later have a second son, David, in December 1966.

Jeffrey’s father, Lionel, was a chemistry student during the early years of Jeffrey’s life and was away from home for long periods during his doctoral studies. After earning his doctorate, the Dahmers moved to Ohio where Lionel began working as a research chemist.

When Lionel was home, he taught Jeffrey how to preserve animal bones, believing that his son cared about the scientific aspect of animal study.

Joyce, meanwhile, worked as a ticker tape instructor during Jeffrey’s childhood. She reportedly suffered from several mental health issues, including depression, and attempted suicide.

In 1978, after it emerged that Joyce had engaged in an affair a year earlier, she and Lionel divorced when Jeffrey was 18.

Richard Jenkins as Lionel Dahmer, Molly Ringwald as Shari, Penelope Ann Miller as Joyce Dahmer in Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer StoryDahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story © Netflix

What happened to Lionel Dahmer?

In 2022, Lionel Dahmer is still alive and is currently 86 years old.

After divorcing Joyce, Lionel married a second time when he married Shari Jordan, who later became Jeffrey and David’s stepmother.

In 1994, Lionel published a book called A Father’s Story in which he chronicled his thoughts on Jeffrey’s actions and donated a portion of the proceeds to the families of Jeffrey’s victims.

Lionel, who is now retired, lives in Ohio with his second wife Shari and has kept himself away from public view since 2020.

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What happened to Joyce Dahmer?

Joyce, who went by her maiden name Flint after the divorce, died aged 64 on November 27, 2000, after battling breast cancer.

After divorcing Lionel, she moved with their son David to Fresno, California, where she found work in several jobs, including managing a nursing home in the 1980s.

In 1991, Joyce changed careers and later led the Central Valley Aids team, helping to fight the spread of HIV and AIDS.

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Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is available to stream now on Netflix following its release on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

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