Jeffery Dahmer and Ted Bundy were two of the most horrifying
serial killers of modern times. They blended in easily with society
and on the outside appeared normal, but committed atrocious crimes
behind closed doors.
“Serial killers can come from all types of backgrounds, some are
extremely intelligent while others have barely been able to spell
their names,” said Prabha Unnithan, a professor of sociology at
Dahmer and Bundy could do more than just spell their names
right. In fact, they were both very successful at intermingling
with society, making it easy for them to lure their victims to
their gruesome deaths.
Dahmer’s father, Lionel, wrote a book after his son was
imprisoned titled, “A Father’s Story.” The book claimed that other
than the divorce of his parents, Dahmer had an extremely normal
“I could not imagine how he had become such a ruined soul,”
Lionel Dahmer wrote. “For the first time I no longer believed that
my efforts and resources alone would be enough to save my son.
There was something missing in Jeff, we call it a conscience, that
had either died or had never been alive in the first place.”
When Dahmer grew up he lived a quiet life as a chocolate factory
worker and lived in a run-down suburb of Milwaukee, Wis. He was
extremely intelligent and was even able to convince police officers
that he was a 19-year-old lover of a 14-year-old Asian boy, who was
a victim of Dahmer’s who managed to escape,. The young boy, who had
been heavily drugged by Dahmer was unable to speak for himself and
was then turned back over to Dahmer.
Little did the police know that Dahmer was a psychopathic serial
killer, cannibal and necrophile (a person who gets pleasure from
having sexual relations with dead bodies). He killed the
14-year-old boy and dismembered his body.
“Dahmer also conducted his own sick medical experiments,
including lobotomizing some of his drugged victims. Most of his
victims died instantly, but he claimed one with a hole drilled into
his skull and muriatic acid poured into it had functioned like a
zombie for several days,” Court TV’s Crime Library reported.
“Dahmer found sexual gratification in killing his victims,”
Unnithan said. “He would keep their body parts as trophies to look
at to feel satisfied.”
Police finally began to investigate when another one of Dahmer’s
victims escaped. Two officers entered Dahmer’s apartment to search
it, but nothing could have prepared them for what they would
One severed head in the refrigerator, three more heads in the
freezer, several pairs of hands, several male genitalia preserved
in formaldehyde, a quantity of human meat in the freezer (to eat
later), and two boiled and fleshless skulls that were painted grey.
There were also hundreds of grotesque photographs of the victims,
both before death and at various stages after they had been
murdered, according to Court TV’s Crime Library.
Dahmer admitted to killing 17 young boys and men and was
sentenced to 15 life sentences in prison, but was murdered two
years later by another inmate.
Ted Bundy was a self-assured law student and registered
Republican. He was known as good looking and ambitious. Not many
would have guessed that he was capable of such unspeakable acts of
Bundy mainly preyed upon young, pretty college girls with dark
hair parted down the middle. Some have said that his victims all
looked so much alike that they could have passed for sisters.
He usually lured these women in by wearing a sling and asking
for help with something back at his car. He would then knock the
unsuspecting girls unconscious, rape them, kill them and usually
bury the bodies.
“Ted Bundy was a control seeker,” Unnithan said. “He spoke of
having the ultimate control over a person when you decide whether
they live or die.”
His ruthless killing spree started in Washington, moved to Utah,
and then to Colorado where he attacked in Snowmass, Vail and
Golden. When police finally caught him, he managed to escape to
Florida where he broke into a sorority house and violently killed
two more girls for a total of 28, before he was arrested again, for
good, on Feb. 15, 1979, according to Kristi Richardson and Mark
Fisher, authors of “Seize The Night: Theodore Robert Bundy.”
Bundy was eventually sentenced to the electric chair in Florida,
where before his execution he was quoted as saying, “We serial
killers are your sons. We are your husbands. We are everywhere. And
there will be more of your children dead tomorrow.”