Tag: Jeffrey Dahmer
Jeffrey Dahmer was just 18 when he committed his first murder, much younger than the average age of serial killers, which researchers have determined is around 29 years old. Why did he wait nearly a decade before killing his next victim?
A&E Real Crime speaks with Anne E. Schwartz, a former crime reporter for The Milwaukee Journal, who broke the story about Jeffrey Dahmer's arrest on July 22, 1991, about what it was like uncovering the life and murders of one of America's most notorious serial killers.
Chris Watts, the Colorado man serving three life sentences for the brutal murder of his wife and two young daughters claims to have had a religious conversion behind bars and is now an evangelical Christian. Murderers David Berkowitz, Jeffrey Dahmer and Karla Faye Tucker also claimed to have found or rediscovered God after being incarcerated. We speak with experts about why so many notorious criminals might make such claims while behind bars.
What is evil—and how do we measure it? Is it more evil to abduct and torture a stranger for days before ultimately letting them go, or to fatally shoot a spouse in a fit of jealous rage? We speak to clinical psychologist Dr. Gary Bucato, co-author of the new book, 'The New Evil,' about how he determined what acts are more evil than others and why serial killers aren't all categorized the same way.
For Jeffrey Dahmer, it was watching certain movies. Dennis Rader, known as the BTK Killer, set the mood by pretending he was a spy. Ted Bundy liked drinking alcohol before some of his slayings. Not every serial killer has a signature routine, but some of them do engage in some sort of ritual or preparation before a killing.
Although cannibals have always existed throughout human history as a cure for overpopulation, a means of survival during a famine, or even a way to contend with grief, what's more rare are murderers who kill for sport and then devour their victims. We talk to Dr. Eric Hickey, a forensic psychologist, on why some killers eat their prey.
Dr. Mike Aamodt, forensic psychology professor at Radford University, on why female serial killers have declined over the years, why there was a big jump in serial killings in the U.S. between the 1960s and 1980s and his most surprising finding in his research of serial killers.