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Site of Jeffrey Dahmer murders is completely deserted 30 years on from crimes

Dominic Smithers

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Site of Jeffrey Dahmer murders is completely deserted 30 years on from crimes

The site of Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment now lies deserted more than 30 years on from his crimes.

His murder spree has been detailed in the new Netflix series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Check out the trailer:

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Over the course of more than 10 years, Dahmer killed 17 men, often luring them back to his flat at the Oxford Apartments complex in Milwaukee and butchering them.

He was eventually arrested and convicted of multiple murders in 1991 after he attempted to kill Tracy Edwards, who he had offered to pay $100 to pose nude for some photos.

Oxford Apartments was bought by Campus Circle Project for $325,000, and 15 months after police discovered human remains in flat 213, it was torn down.

At the time, project president Patrick LeSage told The Bulletin: "It has been a symbol of anger, pain, violence and death.

"It needs to be replaced with a sign of our commitment to support the healing process and to work together as a community of people who care."

Oxford Apartments, where Jeffrey Dahmer murdered multiple men. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy
Oxford Apartments, where Jeffrey Dahmer murdered multiple men. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy

But while proposals were made to develop the space, with hopes of it even being turned into a children's play area, nothing has ever happened with it.

In 1998, the city of Milwaukee purchased a few vacant lots owned by Marquette University, which is affiliated with Campus Circle Project, but Dahmer's former home was not one of them.

A spokesperson for Marquette said the company was willing to sell it if an offer came in, but none ever has.

They said: "We'd be happy to entertain an offer for it. There has not been any interest in taking this parcel.

"Given its history, you can understand people's reluctance to become the new owner of it."

They have a point.

And just as they got nowhere with plans for a park or children's play area, neither was there any progress with a memorial to those who died.

Nothing remains on the site of the building. Credit: Google Street View
Nothing remains on the site of the building. Credit: Google Street View

Speaking back in 1998, June Moberly, executive director of the Avenues West Association, said having a constant reminder of what happened there wasn't a good idea.

She said: "It was a horrendous, horrendous thing, but keeping a reminder there is not going to help this particular geographical neighbourhood to heal either."

Dahmer was caught after Tracy Edwards managed to escape his apartment and flag down a police car, leading the officers back to his flat, where they found evidence of his crimes.

He was sentenced to 15 consecutive life sentences in 1992 but was murdered by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver in 1994.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix/REUTERS/Alamy

Topics: US News, True Crime, Netflix

Dominic Smithers
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