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Detectives Detail Dahmer’s Confession At Sanity Trial With AM-Dahmer Trial, Bjt

January 31, 1992 GMT

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Jeffrey L. Dahmer calmly smoked cigarettes while telling police how he ″fileted″ a young man’s flesh, boiled human skulls and ate a man’s biceps, detectives testified during his sanity trial Thursday.

The 31-year-old former chocolate factory worker immediately cooperated with police after his arrest in July, providing grisly details of killings and cannibalism, police Detective Dennis Murphy said.

Dahmer said he once fried the biceps of a man in Crisco, used a meat tenderizer and ate the muscle because ″it was big and he wanted to try it,″ Murphy said. ″He stated it tasted like beef.″


Detectives called by defense attorney Gerald Boyle read Dahmer’s 160-page confession based on 60 hours of police interviews as testimony in the serial killer’s sanity trial began Thursday.

Dahmer was arrested July 23 and has pleaded guilty but insane to killing and mutilating 15 boys and young men. He has confessed to a total of 17 slayings.

During the police interrogation, Dahmer remained calm. He drank coffee and soda and smoked cigarettes, relaying through a monotone voice the horror of a decade of killing, Murphy said.

Dahmer told police he strangled victims with his hands or a black, leather strap, though he stabbed one in the neck with a knife, Detective Patrick Kennedy testified.

Dahmer weakened his victims by slipping sleeping pills in a coffee-rum drink, Kennedy said.

Dahmer killed at his grandmother’s home in suburban Milwaukee, at a Milwaukee hotel and at his apartment on Milwaukee’s west side, according to the confession. He dismembered victims near a floor drain in his grandmother’s home and in the bathtub at his apartment.

He confessed that he ″fileted″ a man in the bathtub, Kennedy said.

He carried the victim of the hotel killing out in a suitcase and dismembered the body at his grandmother’s home.

Bones were placed in hydrochloric acid until they became ″slushy″ - for about three days - and then flushed down a toilet, Kennedy testified.

Skulls ″of the good-looking ones″ were boiled in cleaning solutions before being placed in a closet, the confession said. Dahmer said ″it takes about an hour to boil a head,″ Kennedy testified.

Dahmer dumped flesh in trash bags.

″The body parts gave off an awful smell in the trash but no one ever did anything about it,″ Kennedy said, quoting Dahmer in the confession.

Murphy said Dahmer claimed he masturbated in front of the body parts ″because it brought back memories of the victims.″