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Jeffrey Dahmer spoke about ‘terrible secret’ he kept for years in chilling jailhouse interview

Aisha Nozari

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Jeffrey Dahmer spoke about ‘terrible secret’ he kept for years in chilling jailhouse interview

Notorious killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer’s comments about the ‘terrible secret’ he managed to keep for years will send a shiver down your spine.

Dahmer murdered and dismembered at least 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991 and has been in the headlines once again this week after the first full trailer for Ryan Murphy’s true crime drama about the late killer dropped.

Dahmer was beaten to death in prison back in 1994, but the year prior, a journalist was granted a rare jailhouse interview with him, and the killer didn’t hold back. Watch a snippet of the interview below:



In one partially bone-chilling moment, Dahmer was asked how he managed to live a double life for so long. 

He was asked by Inside Edition’s Nancy Glass: “How did you live that double life? How did you go to work? How did you have a normal relationship with your family?”

Dahmer frankly replied: “When you're trying to keep a terrible secret like I was, it warps every other aspect of your life. But I managed to go to work [and] conduct myself just like anyone else would.”

Dahmer, aka the ‘Milwaukee Cannibal’, also opened up about his ability to hide his dark side, saying: “I had these obsessive desires to wanting to control them… possess them permanently. As my obsession grew, I was saving body parts such as skulls and skeletons.” 


Dahmer worked at a chocolate factory in Milwaukee and his first ever victim was a hitchhiker called Steven Hicks.

Dahmer was just 18 when he murdered Hicks and dismembered his body, hiding the remains in a drain pipe.

Evan Peters will play the world-famous murderer. Credit: Netflix
Evan Peters will play the world-famous murderer. Credit: Netflix

Of how he chose his victims, Dahmer said: “[It was] not because I hated them or because I was mad at them but because I wanted to keep them with me.”


He added: “I always knew that it was wrong, but the first killing was not planned. No one had a clue [as] to what was happening for over a decade.”

Murphy’s show Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story stars American Horror Story’s Evan Peters in the titular role.

The series’ official synopsis reads: “[It’s] a series that exposes these unconscionable crimes, centreed around the underserved victims and their communities impacted by the systemic racism and institutional failures of the police that allowed one of America’s most notorious serial killers to continue his murderous spree in plain sight for over a decade.”

Featured Image Credit: Inside Edition

Topics: TV and Film, True Crime

Aisha Nozari
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