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Street minister says Dahmer hated homosexuals, blacks

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A man accused of strangling and dismembering 11 men and storing severed heads in his apartment hated homosexuals and blacks, a street minister who recently befriended the man said Thursday.

John Paul Ranieri said he had long talks with Jeffrey Dahmer, 31, at a Milwaukee gay bar, twice within the past four weeks.

"He hated the gay community with a passion and most gay people, calling them "(expletive) faggots," Ranieri said.

Yet, Dahmer cruised the bar, trying to pick up men, including Ranieri, the minister said.

Dahmer, an Army veteran and ex-chocolate factory worker, was charged Thursday with four counts of first-degree intentional homicide. Late Monday, police found parts of 11 men, including severed heads in a refrigerator and freezer, in Dahmer's apartment.

Police said they suspect Dahmer in at least 17 slayings over the past 10 years.

Ranieri said he is a former New York male prostitute and recovering drug addict. He has had a street ministry in Milwaukee, serving the gay community, for more than 10 years, he said.

Barb Klauber, a secretary for the Episcopal Diocese, said Ranieri's ministry is financed with donations from Milwaukee area churches, including the Episcopal Diocese,and he has a reputation for ministering to homosexuals.

Dahmer disliked blacks and expressed hatred toward them, Ranieri said.

Dahmer's lawyer did not return a phone call for comment on the minister's observations.

Dahmer was always in "one stage or another drunk at the bars," Ranieri said. "He would try to pick up people and just get turned down, because for the most part, of his alcoholism." Ranieri said Dahmer was so drunk one night in the bar that he got sick and the minister called a cab to take him home.

"In his voice, in his mannerisms, he was angry, he was hateful," the minister said.

"The kid was nervous. He was anxious. He was, I don't know, upset all the time in the bars, like he didn't want to be there, like he was compelled to be there by some inner feelings he was trying to repress and because he couldn't deal with it, he would turn around and get drunk," Ranieri said.

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