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A comprehensive study of the life and crimes of Milwaukee serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer discusses the investigation into the killings, the stories of the victims' families, and the intense criticism faced by police for their handling of the case.
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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.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
Dahmer strangled 17 young gay men (most of them black), sexually molested the corpses, then dismembered and photographed the bodies. He stored some of the heads in the freezer--others he boiled, bleached, painted, and kept as mementos. He was arrested in July 1991 when a potential victim managed to escape and reported the incident to the police. The Milwaukee Journal reporter who broke the story recounts Dahmer's background, details each of the murders, considers the divisive effects the case had on the city, and examines the role of the media in reporting sensational crimes. Schwartz's approach to this grisly material is straightforward, and her first-hand account of the process of covering the story of a lifetime is fascinating. She is less successful at drawing a convincing portrait of the killer, and her efforts at psychological analysis are perfunctory. The notoriety of this case will undoubtedly spawn more complete and insightful accounts, but in the meantime, this book will satisfy an immediate interest on the part of true-crime readers.
- Ben Harrison, East Orange P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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