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Dahmer’s Remains Cremated, Except for Brain

September 17, 1995 GMT

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s remains were cremated Sunday, although his brain was preserved while his parents argue over whether to give it to scientists for study.

His father, Lionel Dahmer, of Akron, Ohio, claimed his half of the ashes Sunday, while arrangements were being made for his mother, Joyce Flint, of Fresno, Calif., to receive the rest.

``I would say there’s a sense of sadness of course but also coupled with that a sense of relief that it’s over with,″ said John Kjentvet, a director at the Kress Crematory in Sun Prairie, just northeast of Madison.


Flint wants her son’s brain examined to determine whether biological factors influenced his actions.

``Jeff always said that, if he could be of any help, he wanted to do whatever he could,″ Flint told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in Sunday’s edition.

Lionel Dahmer has objected, saying he wishes to put his son’s actions behind him.

Nothing could be done with Dahmer’s body until Christopher J. Scarver was sentenced in May for beating Dahmer to death in a Wisconsin prison on Nov. 28, 1994. The brain has been preserved in formaldehyde since the autopsy.

A court hearing regarding Dahmer’s brain is scheduled Oct. 3, but his divorced parents chose cremation in the meantime to save storage costs, Flint told the Journal Sentinel.

After police found body parts in Dahmer’s Milwaukee apartment in 1991, he admitted killing 17 young men and boys, mutilating and sometimes cannibalizing his victims. He was serving 15 life terms in prison.

Flint said she considered running a death notice in a California newspaper about the cremation but did not want to offend relatives of her son’s victims.

``I’m not even certain I have the right to say to the families that I grieve for their sons,″ she told the Journal Sentinel, ``but I do, just as I mourn my own son.″