The Prisoner Who Killed Cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer Explains Why He Did It

Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer murdered and occasionally ate 17 men and boys, mostly in Wisconsin, leading to the nickname the Milwaukee Cannibal. In 1992, he was sent to prison, where he was set to serve 16 consecutive life terms. But on Nov. 28, 1994, a fellow inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution, Christopher Scarver, bludgeoned him to death with a metal bar. For the first time, Scarver spoke about why he did it, and what it was like living in a giant shoebox with one of the most famous psychopaths of all-time.

Christopher Scarver [said] he grew to despise Dahmer because he would fashion severed limbs out of prison food to taunt the other inmates.

He’d drizzle on packets of ketchup as blood.

“He would put them in places where people would be,” Scarver, 45, recalled in a low, gravelly voice. “He crossed the line with some people — prisoners, prison staff. Some people who are in prison are repentant — but he was not one of them.” (Via)

Scarver typically kept his distance from Dahmer and never interacted with him, with good reason, except for the morning of the 28th. The two prisoners, as well as a third inmate, Jesse Anderson, “were led unshackled to clean the bathrooms by correction officers.” They were left unattended, and while Scarver was preparing to clean, someone poked him in the back. He heard Dahmer and Anderson giggling. “I looked right into their eyes,” he said, “and I couldn’t tell which had done it.”

So, he snapped.

The three men then split up, and Scarver followed Dahmer toward a staff locker room. Scarver grabbed a metal bar from the weight room and confronted Dahmer with the news story he had been carrying in his pocket.

“I asked him if he did those things ’cause I was fiercely disgusted. He was shocked. Yes, he was,” Scarver said. “He started looking for the door pretty quick. I blocked him.”

With two swings of the bar, Scarver crushed Dahmer’s skull.

“He ended up dead. I put his head down,” he said. (Via)

Scarver, who also killed Anderson, believes it wasn’t a coincidence that he and Dahmer were left alone. He told the Post, “They [prison officials] had something to do with what took place. Yes.” He refused to elaborate beyond that. Scarver is still in jail, at Colorado’s Centennial Correctional Facility, and he passes the time by writing poetry. It’s unknown whether he’s heard “Dahmer’s Dead.”

(Via New York Post)

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