Jeffrey Dahmer: Chilling true story of killer's final victim's miraculous escape

Lottie O'Neill September 20, 2022
Jeffrey Dahmer: Chilling true story of killer's final victim's miraculous escape
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Cannibal killer Jeffrey Dahmer once had an innocent boy who escaped his cruel grasp returned to him in a horrifying mistake by cops.

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The 14-year-old slipped through the fingers of safety via the officers after two cousins raised concerns on May 27, 1991.

Nicole Childress, 17, and Sandra Smith, 18, came home at around midnight when they saw a naked boy running towards them.

The boy, Konerak Sinthasomphone, collapsed dazed and injured at their feet. Nicole, now in her 40s, said she could see cuts all over his body and he was in a “bad state”.

Although he seemed too ‘frail to talk’, Nicole said years later, that she could tell from his gaze he was “grateful to be found”, writes the Daily Record.

However, the desperate bid for freedom would be short-lived for the teenager.

Jeffrey Dahmer tried to get the boy back after escape

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However, Dahmer approached and tried to take Konerak away. The killer, aged 31 at the time, claimed he was a friend, and he was drunk – alleging he was 19.

Nicole then said to The Mirror: “That is when I saw his evil come out. He became very aggressive towards Konerak. He was pulling him with force and twisting his arms, trying to get him away from us.”

She added the entire interaction made her feel “uneasy”.

When cops finally arrived, they failed to take the cousins’ warnings seriously. They briefly visited Dahmer’s flat but said nothing seemed suspicious and handed the 14-year-old back to him.

Tapes of the police call back to dispatch reveal an officer said the “intoxicated Asian naked male” was “returned to his sober boyfriend”.

Tragically, hours later, Dahmer murdered the schoolboy.

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Officers’ grave mistake

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If cops had a thorough search, they would have discovered human remains in the fridge and freezer as a result of Dahmer’s vile crimes.

There were also 100 graphic photos in the apartment.

In the following weeks, Dahmer also killed Matt Turner, age 20, Joseph Bradehoft, 25, and Oliver Lacy, 23, as well as Jeremiah Weinberger, also 23.

The horrendous murder spree came to an end on July 22, 1991, two months after Konerak lost his life.

However, after the news of Dahmer’s heinous crimes, one of the officers defended their actions, writes NYTimes. Officer Gabrish, 28 at the time, said nothing “stood out” as suspicious, and saw a “caring relationship” between the killer and victim.

Dahmer’s almost final victim, Tracy Edwards, then aged 32, managed to escape with a handcuff on his wrist.

He flagged down two cops and took them to the horrific scene, where Dahmer was finally arrested.

Dahmer died in prison

The former US Army combat medic pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. However, he was convicted over 16 counts of murder dating back to 1978. The cannibal was sentenced to 16 life sentences as Wisconsin abolished the death penalty in 1853.

He later confessed to 17 murders in all, with his first victim from 1978.

Aged 34, whilst serving time in maximum security prison in Portage, he was beaten to death by another prisoner, Christopher Scarver. An initial attempt on his life was unsuccessful in July 1994, before Scarver killed the inmate in November that same year.

Scarver said he carried out the 1994 attack after being taunted by Dahmer. Another inmate, Jesse Anderson was also killed by Scarver, who was sentenced to two further life sentences for the crimes.

Watch Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story from September 21, 2022, on Netflix.

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