Jeffrey Dahmer, the infamous serial killer, is without a doubt one of modern history’s most notorious and abhorrent killers. Over the course of 13 years, Dahmer stalked men and lured them back to his house before drugging and strangling them—cannibalism, rape, and murder were all part of his arsenal, and he didn’t hesitate or raise any suspicion while carrying out the deeds.
In an interview, his neighbor said that “Jeffrey was always cooking but never went for shopping”. Here are some terrifying Jeffrey Dahmer quotes that will make you wonder if this is even humanly possible. But first, here’s what people had to say about Jeffrey Dahmer.
“I intended to follow the recommendation of the state I… I could have said something different which would have had the same impact, I really see nobody gains anything by just to see more and more years the important point is the sentence is structured in such a way that this defendant will never again see freedom” — Judge L.C. Gram, on Dahmer’s sentence of 16 life imprisonment.
Quotes about Jeffrey Dahmer
“He fooled everyone. He fooled me…he fooled his probation officer, his attorney, the police…He had bodies in the next room when the police were standing in his outer room.” — Lionel Dahmer, Dahmer’s father, interview with Stone Phillips (29 November 1994)
“You think of the crimes that he committed, they’re so horrific you kinda think only a madman or somebody totally evil–evil incarnate would do this but when you talked with Jeff Dahmer you did not get this idea. He could be engaging, he could be bright, witty, he could make jokes. He was able to fool a lot of people.” — Detective Patrick Kennedy in Born to Kill?: Jeffrey Dahmer
“What do I think of Jeffrey Dahmer? I don’t know the man personally, but I’ll tell ya this, that’s a good example as to why insanity doesn’t belong in the courtroom. Because if Jeffrey Dahmer doesn’t meet the requirements for insanity, then I’d hate like hell to run into the guy that does. Beyond that, I have no comment on Jeffrey Dahmer because I’m not Jeffrey Dahmer.” — John Wayne Gacy
Jeffrey Dahmer Quotes
“It’s a process, it doesn’t happen overnight when you depersonalize another person and view them as just an object. An object for pleasure and not a living breathing human being. It seems to make it easier to do things you shouldn’t do.” — Jeffrey Dahmer.
“To this day I don’t know what started it [the killings]. The person to blame is sitting right across from you. It’s the only person. Not parents, not society, not pornography. I mean, those are just excuses.” — Jeffrey Dahmer, in an inside edition interview.
“If a person doesn’t think there is a God to be accountable to, then—then what’s the point of trying to modify your behavior to keep it within acceptable ranges? That’s how I thought anyway. I always believed the theory of evolution as truth, that we all just came from the slime. When we, when we died, you know, that was it, there is nothing …” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“I had these obsessive desires and thoughts wanting to control them [victims], too–I don’t know how to put it–possess them permanently.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“The killing was a means to an end. That was the least satisfactory part. I didn’t enjoy doing that. That’s why I tried to create living zombies with uric acid in the drill [to the head], but it never worked. No, the killing was not the objective. I just wanted to have the person under my complete control, not having to consider their wishes, being able to keep them there as long as I wanted.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“The first killing was not planned. I had had fantasies about picking up a hitchhiker and taking him back to the house and having complete control and dominance over him.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“It’s hard for me to believe that a human being could have done what I’ve done, but I know that I did it.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“I don’t even know if I have the capacity for normal emotions or not because I haven’t cried for a long time. You just stifle them for so long that maybe you lose them, partially at least. I don’t know.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“I would cook it, and look at the pictures and masturbate.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“Yes, I do have remorse, but I’m not even sure whether it is as profound as it should be. I’ve always wondered why I don’t feel more remorse.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“I think in some way I wanted it to end, even if it meant my own destruction.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“I had been having, for a couple of years before that, fantasies of meeting a good-looking hitchhiker and [dramatic pause] sexually enjoying him.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“I made my fantasy life more powerful than my real one.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“If it all happens naturalistically, what’s the need for a God? Can’t I set my own rules? Who owns me? I own myself. — Jeffrey Dahmer
“It’s just like a big chunk of me has been ripped out and I’m not quite whole. I don’t think I’m over-dramatizing it, and I’m certainly deserving of it, but the way I feel now, it’s just like you’re talking to someone who is terminally ill and facing death. Death would be preferable to what I am facing. I just feel like imploding upon myself, you know? I just want to go somewhere and disappear” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“I couldn’t find any meaning for my life when I was out there, I’m sure as hell not going to find it in here. This is the grand finale of a life poorly spent and the end result is just overwhelmingly depressing… it’s just a sick, pathetic, wretched, miserable life story, that’s all it is. How it can help anyone, I’ve no idea.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“I still have guilt. I will probably never get rid of that, but yes, I’m free of the compulsion and the driving need to do it I don’t think I’m capable of creating anything. I think the only thing I’m capable of is destroying I’m sick and tired of being destructive. What worth is life if you can’t be helpful to someone?” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“I separated the joints, the arm joints, the leg joints, and had to do two boilings. I think I used four boxes of Soilex for each one, put in the upper portion of the body and boiled that for about two hours and then the lower portion for another two hours. The Solex removes all the flesh, turns it into a jelly like-like substance and it just rinses off. Then I laid the clean bones in a light bleach solution, left them there for a day and spread them out on either newspaper or cloth and let them dry for about a week in the bedroom.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“I should have gone to college and gone into real estate and got myself an aquarium, that’s what I should have done.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
” If I was killed in prison. That would be a blessing right now.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
“For what I did I should be dead.” — Jeffrey Dahmer
Turn to page 2, to read Jeffrey Dahmer’s full statement to the court