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Summer Fun: The Jeffrey Dahmer Walking Tour

Jeffrey Dahmer, Police Photo

A group in Milwaukee is offering guided tours of the hunting grounds of one of America’s most notorious, revolting and compelling serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer, the Milwaukee Cannibal. Dahmer was convicted of the murders of 15 boys and men, whom he raped, killed, dismembered and ate. When he was arrested, police found his apartment full of decomposing human remains.

Naturally the families of the victims are not pleased that the tours are being offered, and, given the sheer number of victims, that amounts to a lot of upset people, but other than articles about the controversy there is little in the way of good or bad reviews of the tour.

According to the website, the tour, which is 90 minutes long, takes up to 20 people on a tour of Dahmer’s hunting grounds in the Milwaukee neighborhood where he lived, “a one mile stretch of south 2nd street where Dahmer found 7 of his 17 victims.” The reason for offering the tour, according to the site, which says it strives to inform rather than sensationalize the cannibalistic necrophile’s crimes, is to meet head-on “his everlasting imprint on a city that would rather forget he ever existed.”

In the FAQ, the website states, “We strictly provide information without sensationalizing the subject matter. The tours do not lead people to empathize with Dahmer as a troubled soul, nor do we glorify or condone his acts.” One of the tour’s guides “is a member of the LGBT community who feels a personal sense of attachment to the tour material.”

In this spirit, guides attempt to use the tour as a means to “dissect his mad world to grant access into the mind of a serial killer.”

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