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A Father's Story

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He thought a moment, as if going over the events of the last few days, then he rolled his eyes up toward the ceiling. I vaguely knew that the whole affair was wrapped up in sexuality somehow, but remember mostly the mechanics of its concealment—notably, Dahmer’s freezer, ultimately impounded by police, as seen on television. Mentally ill mother, no job or income of her own) BUT, Lionel had the job, money, and means to leave the marriage.

While Lionel seemed slightly untrustworthy or hypocritical at times, he provided a perspective on Jeffrey that I had never really heard before. It was absolutely a sad read, and left me feeling for everyone involved in Dahmer’s murders, but I’m glad I’ve read it. He says very firmly that all this shoving the responsibility onto this person or that person or alcohol or drugs, it’s all bullshit. He delves into his own feelings of guilt and responsibility, and ultimately seeks to understand what led Jeffrey down such a dark path.

He learned the grisly details of his son's crimes during the trial before which his son was found to be legally sane and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment in February 1992. After Jeffrey was killed in prison by another inmate in November 1994, Dahmer wrote an additional chapter on the death of his son. I found out that after this book was published that Joyce Dahmer, Jeffrey’s mother, interpreted it as a direct attempt to blame her, the mother. He was sued by two victims' families for using their names in the book without obtaining prior consent. A short corridor led to the bathroom and bedroom, and it was cut off from the living room by a sliding door.

Many books have been written about this serial killer but only his father can give an internal insight on the killer before he became infamous. An Original Leather is being used for binding this book with Golden Leaf Printing and designing on Spine, front and Back of the book with edge gilding. We are instead given a glimpse into the macabre life of one of the most demented killers in the nation's history, a man who kept a full human skeleton in his closet.Now, when I look at photographs of my son at this age, I can't help but wonder if strange shapes were already forming in his mind, odd notions that he himself could not understand, vague fantasies that might have frightened even him, but which he could not keep at bay. I could see only those aspects of his character that he chose to show, which resembled some of my own characteristics—the shyness, the general tone of acceptance, the tendency to withdraw from conflict. It is both a touching family memoir and a haunting confession - the searing account of a man who never relented in his effort to fathom the deepest quarters of his son's affliction, even as they pointed to his own. He can speculate; he can point a finger at this situation or that situation; he can look inward and berate himself for all his failings as a parent. But I wasn't told what these other mothers and fathers were told, that their sons were dead at the hands of a murderer.

And the outcome was still a single man taking many lives and shattering so many others in the process of dissolving his own loneliness. I have read a lot if literature pertaining to Jeff's crimes , people who think they could explain it based on psychiatric judgements etc so it's refreshing to reading an account from a entirely personal view, not a doctors or a someone who poured over hours of transcripts but from his actual father. Jeff has always has a uncomfortable hold over me, I am fascinated by the human psyche and just how far the rabbit hole goes. Initially, Dahmer recounts his son's normal, albeit solitary childhood, showing no foreshadowing of the horrors that were to come.Lionel Dahmer reveals himself as a cold, emotionally distant father and husband who's greatest influence upon his oldest son seems to have been to create an atmosphere of such utter disregard and disinterest that Jeffrey's withdrawal into an interior landscape of cruel and twisted emotional violence is not only hastened, it is almost ensured.

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