Man Who Killed Jeffrey Dahmer Explains Why He Did It

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The murderer of Jeffrey Dahmer has revealed why he bludgeoned the notorious serial killer to death while they were both in prison.

Between 1978 and 1991, Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys and admitted to eating the flesh of some of his victims.

Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, has been trending online again since Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series about his life, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, debuted last week.

An interview with the man who ended his life, fellow prison inmate and convicted murderer Christopher Scarver, has resurfaced amid renewed online interest in the killer.

Dahmer was arrested and sentenced to 16 consecutive terms of life imprisonment in both Wisconsin and Ohio after his decade-long killing spree. He never served more than a few years, however.

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Scarver beat Dahmer to death with a metal bar at Wisconsin’s Columbia Correctional Facility in 1994.

Scarver described Dahmer as a difficult inmate in a 2015 interview with the New York Post.

“He crossed the line with some people – prisoners, prison staff. Some people who are in prison are repentant, but he was not one of them,” the then 45-year-old recalled.

Scarver went on to say “I saw heated interactions between [Dahmer] and other prisoners from time to time” but added that he “never interacted with him.”

Despite giving the serial killer a wide berth, Scarver admitted to becoming “disgusted” by Dahmer’s crimes. Then, on November 28, 1994, the two had a fatal run-in when they were assigned to clean the prison’s gymnasium.

Scarver recalled being mopping the floor with Dahmer and another inmate named Jesse Anderson when he felt someone poke him in the back.

“I turned around, and [Dahmer] and Jesse were kind of laughing under their breath,” Scarver explained, adding: “I looked right into their eyes, and I couldn’t tell which had done it.”

Scarver later followed Dahmer into the staff locker room, picking up a 20-inch, 5-pound metal bar from the weight room.

Scarver questioned the serial killer after cornering him: “I asked him if he did those things ’cause I was fiercely disgusted. He was shocked. Yes, he was.”

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“He started looking for the door pretty quick. I blocked him,” Scarver continued, adding: “He ended up dead. I put his head down.”

Scarver then used the same weapon to kill Anderson in a similar manner. In Colorado, he is currently serving three life sentences.