Don't blame society, blame me, killer says
NEW YORK (AP) - Jeffrey Dahmer says he alone was to blame for the series of dismemberment killings for which he's serving life in prison, and he still feels "those old compulsions" that led him to commit the crimes.
"The only person to blame is the person sitting right across from you," Dahmer said in his first interview since he was convicted in February 1992. "That's the only person - not parents, not society, not pornography."
On the night of July 22, 1991, police discovered severed heads, refrigerated skulls and preserved genitalia in Dahmer's Milwaukee apartment. He confessed the next day to killing and dismembering 17 young men and boys.
The 32-year-old Dahmer was interviewed Jan. 12 at Columbia Correctional Facility in Portage, where he's serving 15 consecutive life terms.
Parts of the interview, scheduled to air this week on the syndicated television show "Inside Edition," were released to reporters Sunday.
Wearing a green prison uniform, Dahmer said he killed and ate parts of his victims' bodies "not because I hated them, but because I wanted to keep them with me."
Dahmer said that if he had not been caught, he would probably still be committing similar crimes.
"I wish I could say that it just left completely, but … there are times when I still do have those old compulsions."
Among other comments during the interview, as quoted in a transcript provided by the program:
"I always knew it was wrong after the first killing. The first killing was not planned. I was coming back from the shopping mall in '78. I had had fantasies about picking up a hitchhiker and taking him back to the house and having complete control and dominance over him."
Asked if he was repulsed after the slayings, he replied, "No, at the time it was almost addictive. It was almost a surge of energy. I wouldn't have to worry about any of their needs or anything. I was in complete control of the situation."
Asked why he photographed victims, he replied, "It was my way of remembering their appearance, their physical beauty. I also wanted to keep, if I couldn't keep them there with me whole, I at least could keep their skeletons."