Woman who tried to save Jeffrey Dahmer's youngest victim spoke out for first time almost 30 years later
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The woman who tried to save Jeffrey Dahmer's 14-year-old victim recounts the chilling moment she confronted the serial killer nearly 30 years ago.
Cleveland had lived in a building nearby Dahmer's infamous Oxford Apartments on 924 North 25th Street, Milwaukee.
On May 27, 1991, Childress, then 17, had been out with Smith, 18, when they spotted one of Dahmer's victims attempting to escape.
The young women had been in the car when they spotted a drugged and bloody 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone attempt to leave the killer's apartment.
"I'm 17 at the time, I was looking out the window. I saw someone that appeared to look naked. It was a young boy. They were kind of just staggering. And falling and staying down for a little bit and get up fall back down," she explained.
As Sinthasomphone tried to flee, Childress ran to his aid and described the harrowing moment he held onto her: "He was holding on to me with a really, really strong grip, and he was trembling. He was shaking."
She quickly called the police, telling them that the young boy was beaten, bruised, and desperately needed some help.
"And as I was speaking to the operator, there was a man who appeared a tall, white, nice looking male [Dahmer]. He was coming toward the boy, and he ends up grabbing them by his arm taking them behind his back and yanking him up and force him, and the boy is you know, kind of just trying to get away, but he can't because he [was] really weak."
Dahmer starts 'yank[ing]' Sinthasomphone up, which is when she noticed the 'blood in [the boy's] rectum' and she confronted the serial killer.
"At this point, I really get physical."
The brave young woman ordered Dahmer to 'let him go,' and they continued to struggle in the street for a while, with Childress insisting that she 'wasn't gonna let [Dahmer] take him'.
However, Dahmer starts calmly talking to the police, telling them that the young boy was his 'friend' and that he had drunkenly wandered off.
The police didn't listen to Childress, Smith, or Cleveland's pleas. Instead, they let Dahmer take the young boy back to his apartment, under the guise that he knew the youngster.
Sinthasomphone would become Dahmer's fifth victim before the killer's arrest in July, 1991.
Cleveland then called the police later that night, asking them to check on the young boy.
If the police had listened to Childress and her family sooner, five of Dahmer's victims could've been saved.