If you’ve already tuned into Netflix’s newest limited series, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, you likely have a *lot* of questions about the notorious American serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer.
The series is co-created by American Horror Story‘s Ryan Murphy and his frequent collaborator Ian Brennan, so you already know it’s freaky and now definitely something you want to watch while the sun’s still out.
In case you are new to this real-life horror story, Jeffrey Dahmer, who is played by actor Evan Peters, is an infamous serial killer, and his crimes involve murder, cannibalism, and necrophilia. Jeffrey was eventually caught and convicted for his crimes in 1992 after a 13-year killing spree that included at least 17 murders. And yes, he ate some of his victims’ body parts, too.
Many of these terrible events took place in Jeffrey Dahmer’s very own apartment, and true-crime junkies want to know if the spooky spot still exists. So, here are all the details on where the terrible crimes occurred, and whether the apartment still exists now.
Where did Jeffrey Dahmer live?
Dahmer lived in apartment 213 at 924 North 25th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to FBI records. He also lived at his grandmother’s home for a while, which is listed at 2357 S 57th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
What happened at 924 North 25thth Street?
Dahmer targeted mostly gay men of color that he picked up at bus stops, bars, malls, and adult bookstores in the area. He would convince the men to come home with him by promising beer or money in exchange for posing naked, The New York Times reported.
Dahmer would then drug his victims’ drinks before killing them. He stored the remains of several victims in his refrigerator, and even ate some parts of their bodies, the newspaper reported at the time.
“I didn’t want them to leave,” Dahmer told the police by way of explanation after his arrest.
What did the police find at his apartment?
Dahmer’s apartment was filled with tools that led the authorities to conclude it was a “killing factory,” per The New York Times. Police found ether and chloroform, believed to be used to drug his victims, and a barrel of hydrochloric acid which he used to dissolve the men’s bodies and preserve their skeletons. Inside that 57-gallon barrel, police found three torsos dissolving.
All in, the police discovered 11 different decapitated and dismembered corpses in his apartment, according to FBI records. They also found all kinds of knives and sawblades, a hypodermic needle, and an electric drill, records show.
He also dismembered victims at his grandmother’s house in Milwaukee.
When Jeffrey was discharged from the army in 1981 due to alcohol abuse, he originally lived with his stepmother and his father (who are played by Molly Ringwald and Richard Jenkins in the series), per The Cinemaholic. Jeffrey continued to drink heavily, and was eventually arrested for disorderly conduct, according to Distractify.
After that incident, Jeffrey’s dad sent him to live with his grandmother, Catherine Dahmer, in Wisconsin. Things continued to go downhill from there.
By 1987, Jeffrey had started killing again. He killed his second victim, Steven Tuomi, in a hotel room, but brought the body back to his grandmother’s home to dismember it, according to Biography. He is believed to have killed another three people there, in addition to Steven Tuomi’s dismemberment during the nine years he lived with his grandmother.
Jeffrey’s grandmother eventually asked him to move out of her home in 1988, but he wouldn’t actually move out until 1990. At that time, the killings continued in Jeffrey’s North 25th Street apartment, according to Distractify.
Catherine Dahmer was not aware of her grandson’s crimes at the time.
The apartment has since been demolished.
Jeffrey’s apartment was torn down in November 1992 at the request of the victim’s families. So, technically, it no longer exists.
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Can you visit the site?
Yes. Although it is now just an empty lot, you can still drive past it and look at the empty space where his apartment used to stand. But that sounds pretty freaky.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is streaming on Netflix now.
Jacqueline Tempera is an award-winning writer and reporter living in New Jersey with her many pets. She is a business owner and a double Scorpio who loves all things astrology and reality television. She is passionate about body diversity and representation, mental health, and the fight to end sexual assault and harassment. To learn more about Jackie, follow her on Instagram @jacktemp or visit her website at jackietempera.com.