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Dahmer Says He Wore Condoms During Sex With Corpses

February 14, 1992

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Jeffrey Dahmer wore condoms when having sex with his dead victims, showing he could control his urge to have intercourse with corpses, a psychiatrist testified Thursday at the serial killer’s insanity trial.

″The intensity of his sexual urges at that point was less than many teen- agers experience in back seats with their girlfriends,″ said Dr. Park Dietz, the final prosecution witness.

Dahmer, 31, confessed to killing and dismembering 17 young males since 1978. He pleaded guilty but insane to 15 Milwaukee County slayings, and a jury must decide if he will be sent to prison or a mental institution. The case could go to the jury Friday.

The defense and prosecution rested their cases after calling 28 witnesses in 12 days, and closing arguments were scheduled to begin Friday morning. Defense attorney Gerald Boyle told the judge that Dahmer had decided against taking the stand.

Dietz, on the stand for the second day, said Dahmer suffers from a variety of sexual disorders, but none would have made him unable to know right from wrong or unable to stop himself from killing.

‴I don’t think anybody can kill somebody and think it’s right,‴ Dietz quoted Dahmer as saying during more than 17 hours of interviews.

He said Dahmer told him: ‴I know I am responsible because I know I am the one who caused everything to happen. No one else had anything to do with it.‴

Dietz said Dahmer possessed the willpower to control his sexual attraction to corpses much like other individuals control more conventional sexual urges.

Defense attorney Gerald Boyle has argued that Dahmer’s uncontrollable compulsion to have sex with the dead drove him to kill.

Dietz also testified that Dahmer told him he once drank a vial of blood while working at a blood plasma center ″just for the strange excitement and to see how it tasted.″

Dahmer didn’t like the taste and spit the blood out, Dietz said.

Shortly before committing his second slaying, Dahmer masturbated while watching an autopsy scene on a videotape, titled ″Faces of Death,″ and was enthralled with a male corpse it showed.

‴He was good looking. He was totally naked,‴ Dietz quoted Dahmer as saying.

The 105-minute videotape, which has generated controversy across the nation, claims on its package notes to show ″autopsies, dismemberment, physical cruelty, human combustion and electrocution.″

Dahmer said he didn’t get ideas about killing or dismemberment from watching the video, Dietz testified.

‴The thoughts were already in my head,‴ Dietz quoted Dahmer as saying, but watching the scene reawakened his desires.

Dietz, who said he would receive $39,000 for his work on the case, said he does not believe a sexual disorder by itself can be a basis for an insanity defense.

But under cross-examination Thursday, he skirted the issue when directly asked if he believed Dahmer suffered from a mental disease at the time of the killings.

″I haven’t said he did not have a mental disease,″ Dietz testified. ″I don’t know, partly because it’s really a jury question in the end.″

To be found insane under Wisconsin law, Dahmer must prove he suffered from a mental disease at the time of the killings, making him either unable to know right or wrong or unable to stop killing.

Three defense psychiatrists have said Dahmer suffered from a mental disease, and under cross-examination a neutral psychologist called by the court and a prosecution psychiatrist have agreed.