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Jeffrey Dahmer would sit on exact same barstool for very specific reason

Dominic Smithers

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Jeffrey Dahmer would sit on exact same barstool for very specific reason

Almost 30 years on from his death, Jeffrey Dahmer's ghost still looms large over the city of Milwaukee.

The infamous serial killer stalked the streets and nightclubs, picking up unsuspecting men, and butchering them.

He would often drug his victims at his apartment before dismembering them and eating body parts such as their hearts or arm muscles.

One of his haunts was Shaker's Cigar Bar in the Walker’s Point neighbourhood, known for its bustling nightlife.

Bob Weiss has run the bar since 1986 and says Dahmer began drinking there a few months before he was arrested for attempting to kill Tracy Edwards.

Speaking to LADbible, Bob says Dahmer immediately 'looked out of place' from the moment he walked in.

"Almost from day one, Shaker's has been Department of Justice, judges themselves and federal agents," he tells us.

Jeffrey Dahmer used to drink in Shaker's Cigar Bar. Credit: Bob Weiss
Jeffrey Dahmer used to drink in Shaker's Cigar Bar. Credit: Bob Weiss

"In 1991, in January, this guy would start walking in and he was none of those things. He just looked out of place. He didn't comport himself well, and he would just kind of glare at the staff."

He goes on: "We are 95 percent female employees, and he would not let the female bartenders or servers get him a drink. He was always adamant that myself or my sous chef would come out of the kitchen to make him his gin and tonic.

"There was really no conversation, but I will never forget his eyes, they would just bore into you. They were dead and yet gimlets at the same time.

"It was a very disconcerting feeling. I could close my eyes and still see them."

Another thing he noticed was that Dahmer would always sit on the exact same stool every time he visited the bar.

Bob recalls: "So we didn't know his name, didn't know anything about him, but he would find one barstool.

He would sit on this specific stool every time he went into the bar. Credit: Bob Weiss
He would sit on this specific stool every time he went into the bar. Credit: Bob Weiss

"And both the front and back bar had the same historic kind of time period, wooden stools, but one was a little bit taller. For whatever reason they put another spacer in or something, and you would find that he'd sit on there.

"He was just insignificantly above everybody else.

"I believe that feeling isolated and downtrodden most of his life, he felt a need to be above people whenever he could, and in any small way possible, hence the slightly elevated stool."

He adds: "Keep in mind he was delusional, and what we may think of as insignificant can manifest itself within those who need approval or to feel power over others; perhaps much in the same way he wanted to create 'zombies', to maintain control over some of his victims."

Dahmer was convicted of murdering 17 people. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy
Dahmer was convicted of murdering 17 people. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy

Over the past decade, Shaker's, which is known as one of the most haunted bars in the US, has run its 'Cream City Cannibal' tour, with guides taking tourists around the local neighbourhood, following in Dahmer's footsteps.

While he's come in for some criticism in the past over it, Bob says it's important to remind people about the dark side of life.

He says: "I think that these are things that people need to be aware of this is this is a historical fact. And this is unseemly, but life is unseemly. And perhaps sometimes you need a little bit of a refresher or awakening in just how ugly things can be.

"We're not out to to give people nightmares about this, but the reality is that life is is hard and ugly and tough, and you need to be aware of it to the best of your ability so you don't fall victim to someone just like this."

Featured Image Credit: Archivio GBB/Alamy Bob Weiss

Topics: US News, True Crime, Crime

Dominic Smithers
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