One of the few journalists to interview serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer behind bars has revealed why the ‘Milwaukee Monster’ ate his victims’ bodies – and how he seemed ‘completely normal’ despite his sickening crimes and troubled childhood.
Emmy-winning producer Nancy Glass, who interviewed Dahmer in 1993 for CNN’s Inside Edition, spoke to Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O on Wednesday about her time with the murderer, who is the subject of Netflix’s smash hit Monster.
Ms Glass revealed how she got to know ‘desperately lonely’ Dahmer’s family before she started corresponding with him, which led to her discovering why he killed 17 young men and boys – while eating some of their corpses – between 1978 and 1991.
‘He said he chose to eat them because he wanted them to be part of him,’ she explained. ‘He was so desperate, so desperately lonely, so ashamed of being gay.’
Ms Glass said Dahmer had ‘bonding issues’ stemming from the fact his mother Joyce Flint wouldn’t allow anyone to touch him after he was born, ‘except to change his diaper’.
He became obsessed with the idea of people leaving him – and in his twisted mind, he believed that eating his victims meant they would be with him forever.
When asked by radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson if she ever felt empathy for Dahmer during the correspondence or prison interviews, Ms Glass said ‘no’.
She always kept a professional distance from Dahmer and withheld judgement, she explained, but this was no different to how she would interview any public figure.
‘You guys interview how many people? And basically I’m the same as you. You go at it from a very professional standpoint,’ Ms Glass said.
‘When you’re you’re interviewing a politician. You’re careful, right? You don’t judge. But ask the question so that everybody listening can judge – and that was my job.’
Ms Glass also spoke of how she ‘got to know his family’ before she eventually met Dahmer in prison.
‘I was involved with the family for several years. And the father [Lionel Dahmer] never thought anything was wrong [with Jeffrey]. He never noticed it,’ she said.
After being granted permission by Dahmer’s family to write to him in prison, ‘he wrote back to me, and then we started to talk.’
‘The super scary part [was] he seemed perfectly normal. That’s terrifying,’ she added.
‘It was as odd. I mean, you can hear the way he’s talking to me is very thoughtful. He contemplated, but he’s a psychopath.
‘He says to me, “I’m sorry for what I did.” But he’s a psychopath. He doesn’t even know what those words mean.’
Ms Glass also reveled that Dahmer’s mother – who died in the year 2000 – was taking a cocktail of 17 prescription medications when she was pregnant with her son, which may have contributed to his twisted mental state.
She said both of Dahmer’s parents, who divorced when he was 18, were ‘very very odd’ when he was beaten to death in prison in November 1994 at age 34.
His father Lionel was particularly upset by his son’s early death because he wanted Dahmer ‘to convert people to Christianity in prison, and [he] didn’t get the chance’.
Dahmer, who was sentenced to 16 life imprisonment terms for his crimes, would write to Ms Glass from prison about God.
He apparently contemplated whether he would go to heaven despite his sickening crimes, and prayed for death every day behind bars.
‘I did ask him are you gonna go to heaven or hell? And he said, “Well, that’s a good question,’ Ms Glass told Kyle and Jackie O.
‘He wanted to die. He stayed up all night and he slept all day because he couldn’t do his passions.
‘So he really wanted to die. And he aggravated every other inmate until somebody [fellow inmate Christopher Scarver] finally killed him.’
Ms Glass went on to explain that Dahmer’s first kill ‘was an accident’ but he then wanted to ‘make zombies’ so killed others in a premeditated fashion.
‘He injected drugs into people. He drilled holes in some and poured acid into everything he could, because he wanted to create a zombie,’ she said of his modus operandi.
Nancy’s interview comes as Netflix’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has broken streaming records.
Created by Ryan Murphy, the show has become Netflix’s ninth most popular English-language TV series of all time, in the span of just two weeks.
Monster has been viewed for 496.1 million hours thus far, with at least 56 million households who have watched all 10 episodes of the series according to Variety.
The streamer measures the popularity of their shows by counting hours viewed in the first 28 days, meaning the show still has 16 days to gain an even higher spot on the chart.
Starring Evan Peters as the serial killer known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, the show has held the number one spot on the English-language TV chart since its release, and is also the second most watched English-language series in a week ever, only beat out by season 4 of Stranger Things.
It retells the story of Dahmer from the perspective of his victims, and explores major mistakes Wisconsin police made in handling the probe of the notorious mass murderer, who made national headlines for acts of cannibalism and necrophilia.
The show features at least 10 incidents in which authorities nearly took Dahmer into custody, but didn’t, extending the twisted crime spree.