Dahmer committed his first murder at just 18 years of age
Dahmer, who realised he was gay at 13, grew up friendless with warring parents.
Dad Lionel moved out when he was 18 and mum Joyce took younger brother David to live in Wisconsin, leaving him alone in the Ohio family home.
Feeling “depressed, lonely, bored and confused” he met his first victim, 19-year-old Steven Hicks, shortly after.
“No one was at home, I saw this guy hitchhiking and I thought it would be nice to have to have someone around to talk with and someone I wanted to be with for sex,” he said.
After inviting him back to the house for beer, Dahmer bludgeoned him with a bar-bell before strangling him.
“I don’t know why I hit him except that I wanted to stay with him,” he said.
“It shocked me that I’d got to that point. But there was a feeling of excitement, or control, mingled with fear.”
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