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THE MAN WHO COULD NOT KILL ENOUGH by Anne E. Schwartz

THE MAN WHO COULD NOT KILL ENOUGH

The Secret Murders of Milwaukee's Jeffrey Dahmer

By Anne E. Schwartz

Pub Date: June 1st, 1992
ISBN: 1-55972-117-0
Publisher: Birch Lane Press

 Impressively detailed account of the Jeffrey Dahmer serial- murder case. Schwartz, covering crime for the Milwaukee Journal, was the first reporter to reach Dahmer's apartment after police found a human head in his refrigerator. In this first-person account, drawing on in-depth research, the reporter covers every angle of the case and also provides an interesting running commentary on her crime-reporter's beat. After a Grand Guignol catalogue of Dahmer's apartment and descriptions of interviews with his neighbors (``We used to hear sawing...at all hours''), Schwartz offers telling details of Dahmer's childhood--unremarkable except for a streak of cruelty to animals; adolescence--he was the class clown, with a drinking problem; and young adulthood--Dahmer dismembered his first victim at 18, then joined the Army, where he got poor marks as a medical corpsman (he could not stand to take blood samples). Schwartz digs hard to find out why Dahmer wasn't recognized and stopped sooner--when arrested for 17 murders, he had twice been through the court system for sex crimes and was under the supervision of a probation officer--but comes up with no definitive answer. According to one expert on serial murderers, she reports, thousands of people fit the profile, but there's no way to predict who will kill. Schwartz's account includes notes on the work of the forensic anthropologist who matched the jumble of skeletal remains to the individual victims; talks with victim's families; and coverage of the storm of controversy--pitting the Milwaukee police chief against his own men, black cops against white cops, and the city's black, gay, and Laotian communities against all cops--that arose when it was revealed that, two months before his arrest, when a naked and bleeding Laotian boy escaped from the killer's home, Dahmer was investigated by three white cops but not taken in. And, in fact, the boy was returned to Dahmer. Definitive--a must read for true-crime votaries. (Sixteen pages of photos--not seen.)