What was Jeffrey Dahmers Childhood like?
On May 21, 1960, the most infamous cannibal was born. No one could have predicted exactly what kind of monster Jeffrey Dahmer would become, but were there warning signs in his childhood that family and friends ignored? And was it possible that he could have been stopped? Just like all serial killers, they do not become that way overnight. In this article, we will look at the early life of Jeffry Dahmer and what may have led him down the path that we all know.
It is easy to look at serial killers and think that they are a certain way because of something that happened to them in their childhood, most commonly, abuse. However, Dahmer was not known to have been abused growing up but that does not mean his childhood was easy. When he was a toddler, Jeffrey was described as being happy and normal until the age of four. When he turned four, he had surgery to fix a double hernia in his head. The surgery seemed to have a negative effect on Dahmer because shortly after his mood and demeanor changed. As the years went on, he had become quite withdrawn and detached.
It was reported that his mother was depressed and had attempted suicide at least once. His father was gone from home often and when he came back, he devoted all of his attention to Dahmer’s mother. His parents rarely gave him attention, and when his mom gave birth to his baby brother when he was five, he resented the baby and fought for his parent’s scarce attention.
Soon after his surgery that Dahmer developed an interest in animal bones. His dad asked him to help clean out animal carcasses from underneath the house. Dahmer later recalled that he enjoyed the sounds the bones made as his dad dumped them into a bucket to be thrown away. This sparked a new fascination in Dahmer that his dad never saw as a problem. In fact, his dad assumed that Dahmer was just expressing curiosity and wanted to help his son. He showed Dahmer how to bleach and clean the bones when he was young. Unfortunately, this was a skill that he would later use to clean the bones of his victims.