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Parents Wish Dahmer Could Feel Their Agony With AM-Body Parts

August 1, 1991 GMT

CLEVELAND (AP) _ The father of a hitchhiker who may have been Jeffrey Dahmer’s first dismemberment-slaying victim says he wishes Dahmer could go through an eternity of the agony all the victims’ families feel.

Richard Hicks, father of Steven Mark Hicks, also told Cleveland television station WKYC he doesn’t believe in the death penalty - but ″if I thought that killing him would bring my son back, I’d do it myself. And if I thought killing him would stop it from happening in the future, I’d do it myself.″

On July 23, authorities told the Hickses that Dahmer may have killed their son, who disappeared in 1978 at age 18. Police say Dahmer has confessed 17 killings, 16 in Wisconsin and one, Hicks, at Dahmer’s boyhood home in the Akron suburb of Bath.

Richard Hicks said in the interview Wednesday: ″If it was in my power and I could enforce the judgment on that man it would be that he suffer the combined agony of all the families of the victims’ lives and of his parents for eternity.″

His wife, Martha, said she believes in capital punishment.

″I don’t believe that we should have to pay our taxes and support these monsters and give them their rights for the rest of their lives when they took away the basic right of life,″ she said.

In an interview in the Akron Beacon Journal, Steven’s parents said they had declared their son dead some time ago.

″Did it help?″ Hicks asked. ″Absolutely not.″

The Hickses said they would have a funeral, but would want it private.

Authorities searching for Hicks’ remains at Dahmer’s boyhood home in Bath Township unearthed about 50 more bone fragments and parts of three teeth Thursday by digging deeper in an area they had previously searched. They had found more than 50 bone fragments earlier this week and planned to continue searching at least through Friday.

Summit County Coroner William Cox said the teeth fragments could lead to positive identification of the victim. He said a forensic dentist would try to match them to dental records that Hicks’ parents have supplied.

The elder Hicks recalled waking up shortly after his son’s disappearance and going into his bedroom to see if he had come home. He began to think his son wouldn’t return after the first Christmas passed.

″He wouldn’t let a Christmas go ... and hurt us″ by not being home, Hicks said.

He said his son was a caring person. On a hunting trip they took together, Hicks said his son shot a rabbit and ″was as proud as he could be, and then he bawled his eyes out.″

He said he was proud that his son showed such feeling. It was the last time they went hunting together.

Classmates from Hicks’ 1978 Coventry High School graduating class also remembered Hicks as a warm and friendly person.

A friend said a caravan of students picked up Steven while he was hitchhiking on the morning of June 18, 1978, and took him to Chippewa Lake Park.

″We spent the day together. When we got ready to leave, Steve said he would meet us ... but he never showed up. Someone said he was thumbing home,″ said the friend, who wasn’t identified.

In the interview with WKYC, Mrs. Hicks said she does feel sorry for Dahmer’s family.

″We sent word to them that we feel sorry for what they as parents are going through,″ she said. ″We know that they have been told that we cannot feel sorry for their son.″

″Is he insane?″ Richard Hicks asked. ″In my opinion, no. He is evil.″