The Man Who Could Not Kill Enough: The Secret Murders of Milwaukee's Jeffrey Dahmer

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One night in July of 1991, two policemen saw a man running handcuffed from the apartment of Jeffrey Dahmer. Investigating, the officers made a gruesome discovery: three human skulls reposed in Dahmer's refrigerator, and the body parts of at least eleven more human beings were scattered throughout the apartment. The Man Who Could Not Kill Enough spans the entire Dahmer case--from the early morning hours of July 23, when Anne E. Schwartz was first tipped to the story by a police officer, to the public ordeal of all...
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Overview

One night in July of 1991, two policemen saw a man running handcuffed from the apartment of Jeffrey Dahmer. Investigating, the officers made a gruesome discovery: three human skulls reposed in Dahmer's refrigerator, and the body parts of at least eleven more human beings were scattered throughout the apartment. The Man Who Could Not Kill Enough spans the entire Dahmer case--from the early morning hours of July 23, when Anne E. Schwartz was first tipped to the story by a police officer, to the public ordeal of all those the case has thrown into the spotlight. Schwartz, the Milwaukee Journal reporter who first broke the story, details the dramatic scene when two officers first entered Dahmer's apartment--what they saw as the shocking story unfolded. The episode two months before Dahmer was apprehended, when officers found a fourteen-year-old boy naked and bleeding in the street and returned him to Dahmer's apartment believing the incident was just a homosexual lover's quarrel. While the officers spoke with Dahmer, a victim's body was decomposing in the next room. Dahmer later confessed that he killed the boy immediately after the officers left. The fascinating science of forensics and how old-fashioned police investigation has identified the sixteen Milwaukee victims to date. The mind of Dahmer--the boy who killed a dog and displayed its head on a stake in the woods, the eighteen-year-old abandoned when his mother took his younger brother away after a bitter divorce. Did the events of his childhood cause him to kill? The personal stories of the victims' families and the outrage they felt toward the police, who were supposed to protect them. Schwartz has obtained exclusive access to the police, attorneys and judges involved. She reveals what it is like to be privy to confidential information and thrown into the position of deciding what the public can and cannot know. And the book will answer the ultimate question: Why wasn't Dahmer stopped sooner? The Man Who Cou

The Milwaukee Journal reporter who broke the Dahmer story spans the entire case, describing the dramatic scene when police first entered Dahmer's apartment; the fascinating science of forensics and how it was used to identify 16 victims; Dahmer's childhood; the personal stories of the victims' families; and much more. 16 pages of photographs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Schwartz, the Milwaukee Journal reporter who first broke the Dahmer story of murder and cannibalism in July 1991, here presents a superficial account of the case. The book is redeemed only by the chapters detailing the impact of the crimes on the city and those showing the media responding to the sensationalism of the revelations in a kind of feeding frenzy. Especially unsatisfactory is the psychological analysis of Dahmer, which has little depth. Additionally, Schwartz is a writer of only average ability. Photos not seen by PW. (June)
Library Journal
Dahmer strangled 17 young gay men (most of them black), sexually molested the corpses, then dismembered and photographed the bodies. He stored some of the heads in the freezer--others he boiled, bleached, painted, and kept as mementos. He was arrested in July 1991 when a potential victim managed to escape and reported the incident to the police. The Milwaukee Journal reporter who broke the story recounts Dahmer's background, details each of the murders, considers the divisive effects the case had on the city, and examines the role of the media in reporting sensational crimes. Schwartz's approach to this grisly material is straightforward, and her first-hand account of the process of covering the story of a lifetime is fascinating. She is less successful at drawing a convincing portrait of the killer, and her efforts at psychological analysis are perfunctory. The notoriety of this case will undoubtedly spawn more complete and insightful accounts, but in the meantime, this book will satisfy an immediate interest on the part of true-crime readers.-- Ben Harrison, East Orange P.L., N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462062690
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/7/2011
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 717,019
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Discovery: July 22, 1991, 11:25 P.M. 1
2 Harnessing an Octopus: July 23, 1991 18
3 Uncloaking a Sinister Soul: July 22-23, 1991 30
4 Boys Will Be Boys: May 21, 1960-August 1978 37
5 Life At Grandma's House: August 1978-September 1988 46
6 Caught, Not Cured: September 1988-March 1990 61
7 His Own Abattoir: May 1990-May 1991 74
8 Deloused and Unemployed: May 27, 1991, 2 A.M. 88
9 Out of Control: June 30-July 22, 1991 105
10 A Human Jigsaw Puzzle: July 23-August 16, 1991 118
11 "Can I Have Your Autograph?" 126
12 Inside a Murdering Mind 144
13 Gaping Wounds: The Aftermath in Milwaukee 156
14 The Living Victims 178
15 Day of Reckoning 186
Appendix A: Serial Murderers in the United States 220
Appendix B: The Victims 224
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