Jeffrey Dahmer: The Monster Within

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Explore the crimes of one of history’s most psychotic killers, a man who emerged from a normal suburban upbringing with a sickening hunger that could not be slaked.
Views of shocking photos from the crime scenes.
Features an exclusive interview with Dahmer’s parents.
Explore the forces that may have motivated one of the world’s most vicious serial killers.

He is one of history’s most psychotic killers, a man who emerged from a normal suburban upbringing with a sickening hunger that could not be slaked. The incredible case of Jeffrey Dahmer captured headlines and imaginations worldwide. The appalling details of his crimes were as disturbing as they were compelling, but what drove him to commit such hideous acts?
Leading psychologists explore the forces that may have motivated him, and police detail the extraordinary and sickening details of the case as they were discovered. Shocking photos from the crime scenes reveal the depths of Dahmer’s depravity. And in an exclusive interview, Dahmer’s parents talk of the child they raised, and their shock and horror at the discovery of his crimes.

Jeffrey Dahmer: The Monster Within, 8.7 out of 10 based on 45 ratings

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  • princess

    SICK! BUSTER HOPE HE ROTTENS IN HELL FOREVER…

  • http://twitter.com/murphycann Christina Ann Murphy

    Scary sociopath for sure 

  • Johntechwriter

    I’ve seen several documentaries about Dahmer and he remains a mystery. He comes across in interviews as a sympathetic character, as opposed to a smarmy creep like Ted Bundy. It’s seems Dahmer was dealt a bad hand: a loner unable to form relationships or even friendships; a huge sex drive; a preoccupation with death; and an attraction to young guys. I believe that in lucid moments he was as appalled as anyone else by the evil within him. Why didn’t that knowledge drive him to suicide? Instead he took the dark path and gave in to his demons. For everybody’s sake, especially his poor father, suicide would have been the best escape from the monster inside him.

    • tub

      no he would just get locked up in the mental hospital

    • constancefudge

      i agree with you. i think Dahmer knew the difference between right and wrong he just subconsciously always wanted to get caught. he was questioned by the police twice before he was actually charged with anything (once while drifting between lanes on his way to dump his first victim’s body and the second time when one of his victim’s escaped). he knew what he was doing and that he needed to be punished. it almost seemed as though he kept trying to get caught…

  • Tracy

    Perhaps the legal definition of insanity needs review; not that I would ever allow the opportunity for such a man to be let loose to prey upon the public. The thing is that a person suffering from a mental disease might know the difference between right & wrong but lack the skills, ability, control & metacognition to know how to act appropriately upon that knowledge. I was struck by the arrogance of Dahmer’s father when he said that no one ‘softened the blow’ for them & made them aware of the magnitude of their son’s crimes. Well, the victim’s families were in a similar boat-except that their loved one was gone. How could those two idiot parents claim to have been unaware that their son had been left alone in that house? NOT that they caused this to happen or that they ought to be blamed for their son’s crimes: something was woefully wrong with him. What a mess! Although I’m not sorry that Dahmer is dead, I don’t like the idea of impromptu prison justice where guards set a prisoner up & play a complicit role in having them brutally murdered (often by someone every bit as problematic as the guy they set up!). 

  • Tracy

    Perhaps the legal definition of insanity needs review; not that I would ever allow the opportunity for such a man to be let loose to prey upon the public. The thing is that a person suffering from a mental disease might know the difference between right & wrong but lack the skills, ability, control & metacognition to know how to act appropriately upon that knowledge. I was struck by the arrogance of Dahmer’s father when he said that no one ‘softened the blow’ for them & made them aware of the magnitude of their son’s crimes. Well, the victim’s families were in a similar boat-except that their loved one was gone. How could those two idiot parents claim to have been unaware that their son had been left alone in that house? NOT that they caused this to happen or that they ought to be blamed for their son’s crimes: something was woefully wrong with him. What a mess! Although I’m not sorry that Dahmer is dead, I don’t like the idea of impromptu prison justice where guards set a prisoner up & play a complicit role in having them brutally murdered (often by someone every bit as problematic as the guy they set up!). 

  • anon

    Dammit, why did I watch that before bed?

  • http://thebibleandthenews.com/ beauregard

    Dahmer was right about one thing: according to evolution, you make up your own rules. I’m glad I  believe in God and that the Bible is a lamp unto my feet. 

    Very well done documentary. 

    • Beatrice

      So without your belief in God you’re worried you feet might lead you to be like Jeffrey Dahmer? I hope you don’t live near me. Atheists can be good people, Christians can be bad people, just FYI.
      And if you’re going to talk about evolution by basically calling it full on anarchy, study it first because you criticise it wrongly. It’s a scientific theory, not a lifestyle recommendation. People who believe in the theory of evolution generally do not consider it a reason to guiltlessly leave people to die or even murder.Seriously, I’m responding your faulty logic because it was kind of annoying me, but it’s also mostly off-topic, for the both of us. If you have to preach do it at the relevant atheism/religion documentaries. Okay?

    • sunny

      did you know that after he was convicted in court, his apology included that he hoped Jesus Christ would forgive his sins?

      “Your Honor:

      It is now over. This has never been a case of trying to get
      free. I didn’t ever want freedom. Frankly, I wanted death for myself.
      This was a case to tell the world that I did what I did, but not for
      reasons of hate. I hated no one. I knew I was sick or evil or both. Now I
      believe I was sick. The doctors have told me about my sickness, and now
      I have some peace. I know how much harm I have caused… Thank God there
      will be no more harm that I can do. I believe that only the Lord Jesus
      Christ can save me from my sins… I ask for no consideration.”

    • Johntechwriter

      I’m not a Christian but have come across a handful of real ones over my lifetime. None of them were obsessed with the Bible. They were too busy doing good things for other people — with no strings attached.

  • Katie

    Just in case anyone about to watch this felt queasy in anticipation of the ‘shocking photos from crime scenes’ like me, I’m pleased to report there aren’t any.

  • vaga

    I find it ironic how one of the victims 
    (presumably) family members screams several times how she’s going to kill Jeffery and by the looks would have done it had she had a sharp tool and no one to stop her. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/donna.rosanna Donna Scott M

    My heart breaks for his father…

  • InterWonderBeyond57

    I adore learning about how people interact and I would have to say that Jeffrey is one of my favorite people to study.

  • anonymous96

    what irritates me the most about this documentary is the fact that his father seems to think there’s nothing horrible with what his son did, i mean he acknowledges what his son did but he could at least try to look like he cared about the victims. hes acting like his love for his son justified his actions. i could never be a parent like that

    • UltraViolent

      He didn’t come across like that. This was filmed fairly recently. Can you imagine how many times he has told this story to one journalist or another? If you’re a parent you’ll understand that a love for your child is never trumped by anything else in life. Regardless of their wrong doings. The guy acknowledged what his son had done and has probably punished himself enough over the years. No one ever thinks of the effects of having a serial killer son/brother/husband etc.

  • UltraViolent

    Dahmer was a very charming man. Like they said, he spent his entire life perfecting the art of charming and fooling people into thinking he was a nice, polite and normal young man. It helps that he wasn’t ugly or unattractive. It’s easy to see why people would have sympathy for him. But his life wasn’t awful. He had two good parents growing up, a father who doted on him and did everything he could to help him. Dahmer will remain one of the most fascinating killers in history but I can’t feel sympathy for a man who could have admitted what he’d done from day one when those police stopped him. If he wanted to be stopped so badly, he would have reached out then.

  • kanzaki

    for me this documentary only shows a fraction of the facts and i don’t think anyone can ever be able to judge another persons pain, or that your hardships signify a reason to feel sorry for him. i saw a boy who was gay, he knew right and wrong, and in this case he was wrong, lonely and judged. Home life was tough with his parents and learnt the art of reassurance, his mother left with his brother, two supermassive black holes in his heart, he already tried to be attention seeking with his pranks and his attitude however he never managed to successfully open up and deal with his issues. he was lonely then he was given direction when he became a medic in the army, this subconciously told him that its ok to cut people up and the drink justified murder because his victims were lonely like him, he just became numb to reality, without anyone elses rules to tell him otherwise, i think in his eyes he was curing his victims of pain,mixed with his ideology he relished it because it was his purpose, he preserved their best features, much like trophies or charms. he had two halves and a hole. one reassuring, the other lonely the hole was pure indulgence. i think it would be easy for any person to statistically be him. the only sad thing i believe is that he got away with it for so long because the victims were gay and generally black, during that time society didn’t care about who he killed.

  • Nf

    He placed the blame of his murders on “his atheistic beliefs”? Nice try. Didn’t he claim he was the devil during his trial? Atheists don’t believe in the devil just like they don’t believe in god. Plus I’m pretty sure the question of one’s religion or lack thereof would be far from the mind of a person who is constantly fucked up on alcohol. Furthermore, it would be obvious to anyone with half a brain that it was the fact he believed his behavior and sexual urges involving men being wrong from a religious stantpoint is what’s to blame for his twisted mind. So who knows, if he didn’t live with his Bible-thumper grandma for 3 years, he could have been a somewhat normal openly gay happy man living an average life today with therapy and rehab for his drinking.

    • solomon

      That’s a pretty poor analysis. Early on in the documentary, he clearly said that his first sexual fantasies included lying next to an unconscious man. He was also enjoying dissecting animals at around the same time. Atheist or Religious, it wouldn’t matter, he was clearly disturbed.
      While his gay tendencies may have been repressed due to his religious up-bringing, which could result in creating a bubble of frustration, that alone is unlikely to be enough to make him want to kill people the way he did.

      Blaming religion for him becoming a gay-serial killer is a false and simplistic assertion. You should be looking at the psychological aspects of his life, not imposing your own disdain for religion onto a seemingly fitting subject.
      I don’t doubt that perhaps his religious upbringing had some affect on his thinking, though he clearly had psychopathic tendencies despite this.

  • gi

    In spite of his overt normal appearance you can see the pure dark in his eyes. And I truly cannot see any remorse. Satan is sly. and he was possessed and turned his soul over to satan wholesale. Don’t talk about evolution. Even an atheist has sense to know there is good and bad. This is the darkest of evil. This is simply a bad seed. And the people in jail put it out of his misery to harm no more. Get out of that life is my advice. Kids cannot be kids. don’t talk to strangers. nothing but demons exist in places like gay bars and anonymous sex places. Thy are nothing to play with. Repentance and the name of Jesus is the answer and the only way. Amen.