Members of the Milwaukee Police Department worked all night to remove boxes of evidence from unit 213 in the Oxford Apartments on a warm July evening in 1991.
They were first called to this house by a shirtless man who approached police on the street and claimed the person residing there had recently tried to kill him. What the authorities would ultimately find was something straight out of a horror film.
In this apartment, Jeffrey Dahmer resided, along with two human hearts, a bag of organs, seven human skulls, severed body parts, and Polaroids of his victims in gruesome poses, taken after their deaths.
As if that weren’t horrifying enough, it was also thought that Dahmer consumed some of his victims’ body parts.
Dr. Stephen M. Raffle, a forensic psychologist, was consulted by Distractify to discuss Dahmer’s mental health issues and how they might have contributed to his cannibalism.
Did Jeffrey Dahmer Eat His Own Flesh?
In an interview with NBC investigative reporter Stone Phillips in February 1994, Dahmer discussed the progression of his activities that eventually led to cannibalism.
He claimed that by “saving the skeleton and keeping other portions,” he experienced some degree of sexual fulfillment. Dahmer’s actions became increasingly bizarre as a means of satisfying his sexual needs, much like an addict developing a tolerance to their preferred drug.
Cannibalism gave Dahmer the impression that his victims were a permanent part of him.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD), which is characterized by actual or perceived emotions of abandonment, and Dahmer’s drive to keep his victims close coincide.
Dr. Raffle remarked about BPD, “There may occasionally be brief psychotic episodes. “There could be paranoid-fueled fury as well as emotional dysregulation to the point where a person loses awareness of reality and social constraints. Additionally, it could involve delusions or hallucinations.”
Borderline personality disorder gets its name from the idea that it exists on the “borderline of neurosis and psychosis.”
In Dahmer’s eyes, it was a necessary evil when he wanted his victims to stay. The reasons for this sensitivity to abandonment, according to Dr. Raffle, have to do with a person’s defensive mechanisms against feeling abandoned and the lack of a reality checker or other support system.
According to Dr. Raffle, there are “identifiable crisis moments in people who have borderline personality disorders, and they frequently have to do with severe diseases or abandonment.” Dr. Raffle speculates that these periods may have contributed to Dahmer’s BPD.
Soon after learning that his parents were divorcing, Dahmer committed his first murder in June 1978. His mother, Joyce, left with David, Dahmer’s younger brother, and moved in with his father, Lionel, who had previously lived in a hotel. He would stay in their home by himself for several months.
However, Dahmer himself didn’t believe that was related in any way to his crimes. He told Stone Phillips that in his opinion, all of them were justifications. People who commit crimes shouldn’t try to place the responsibility elsewhere, including on their parents or upbringing, in my opinion.
What Led Jeffrey Dahmer to Become a Cannibal?
Dahmer was also given a schizotypal illness diagnosis, but Dr. Raffle thinks he was really schizophrenic. What makes a difference? “A schizotypal person regularly veers from reality.
Schizophrenia frequently causes a great deal of uncertainty regarding what is genuine and what isn’t, with what isn’t really frequently being viewed as real and vice versa “said Dr. Raffle.
The possibility of cannibalism exists since schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder were added to the mix.
Though it was a schizophrenia that ultimately resulted in Dahmer’s actual act of eating human flesh, cannibalism was very much a continuation of the abandonment anxieties that initially sparked his borderline personality disorder.
He’s empty within, and this is his way to feed his emptiness, in a literal sense, according to Dr. Raffle’s almost excruciatingly beautiful explanation.