Why didn't Jeffrey Dahmer get the death penalty? | The Sun

JEFFREY Dahmer was one of the most notorious killers in US history.

Nicknamed "The Milwaukee Cannibal," Dahmer killed and dismembered at least 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.

Why didn't Jeffrey Dahmer get the death penalty?

Dahmer earnt the gruesome nickname after his murderous and twisted reign of terror.

He murdered and dismembered 17 males over a 13-year period before he was apprehended by authorities.

He would keep body parts as souvenirs, including skulls and genitals.

"He frequently took photos of his victims at various stages of the murder process, so he could recollect each act afterward and relive the experience," according to Biography.com.


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After committing the grisly slayings Dahmer was arrested by Milwaukee police officers in 1991. 

Dahmer would be convicted the following year and sentenced to 16 consecutive life terms in prison.

Despite the extent of his murdering, the world was shocked when the monster did not receive the death penalty for his crimes as the state of Wisconsin – where he was tried – prohibits capital punishment.

Wisconsin abolished death penalty in 1853.

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When was Jeffrey Dahmer arrested?

While Dahmer was arrested four times and was convicted for sexual offences including masturbating at a fun fair in front of families in 1982, and again in 1986 for masturbating in front of two 12-year-olds.

In 1989, Dahmer was arrested again and charged with sexual assault and charged with second-degree sexual assault and enticing a child, 13-year-old Somsack Sinthasomphone.

He spent a week in jail and was released on bail.

The serial killer and sex offender was finally arrested by Milwaukee police officers on July 22, 1991. 

When did Jeffrey Dahmer die and what was his cause of death?

He met his own violent demise at the hands of a fellow inmate after being jailed for life at Wisconsin's Columbia Correctional Institution in February 1992.

On November 28, 1994, Dahmer was bludgeoned to death by Christopher Scarver, who was in prison for murder.

After guards left Scarver alone with Dahmer and another convicted murderer Jesse Anderson for some 20 minutes, he beat the pair with a 20-inch metal bar he had taken from the prison gym.

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