Jeffrey Dahmer Military Service: Were There Victims in Germany?

Jeffrey Dahmer Military Service: Were There Victims in Germany?

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The new Netflix series about Jeffrey Dahmer has renewed interest in the time of the serial killer in the US Army.

Was Dahmer really in the army? Where was he stationed? Is it possible that he killed people in other countries? True, Dahmer served in the US Army, but he washed up due to alcohol abuse.

He was stationed in Germany and was investigated for unsolved murders during this time. However, he was not formally accused of committing any of them.

Here’s what you need to know:

Investigators considered whether Dahmer could be linked to five ‘dismembering’ operations near a military base in Bombolder, Germany.

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A 1991 article in the Edmonton newspaper, accessible via, stated that police were investigating the possibility that Dahmer was “involved in five murders by dismembering him near a military base where he was serving in Bombolder, Germany”.

However, Dahmer was never formally charged with these crimes.

The Associated Press also reported in 1991 that German police were investigating Dahmer for “five unsolved murders in central Germany during his time there”.

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One such death was that of a 22-year-old motorcyclist named Erica Handschuh, who was strangled and stabbed in 1980. However, this death does not fit the profile of Dahmer’s victim, largely targeting homosexuals of color.

A 1991 series in the Akron Beacon Journal, also accessed via, reported that Dahmer was discharged from the military on March 26, 1981.

He was also in Florida for six months working in a sandwich shop in Miami Beach. This article highlights that Dahmer was in Florida when 6-year-old Adam Walsh was kidnapped from a Sears store and beheaded.

According to The Independent, another soldier named Preston Davis, who worked in a medical unit with Dahmer in the Army, believes he was drugged and raped by Dahmer inside an “armored personnel vehicle”.

“Jeffrey raped me. I am grateful to be alive to tell the story.

The book Cannibal Killers says the link between Baumholder and the unsolved murders is “discarded as theoretically improbable due to the presence of women among the victims”.

Two men accused of raping Dahmer in Germany

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Another man, Billy Joe Capshaw, told The Independent he was put in a room with Dahmer and ran out of a window after being raped eight to 10 times.

“I might have been raped eight to 10 times, I don’t know. He tied me to the bed with a robotic pool rope. He took all my clothes. He either beat me before he raped me or he beats me afterwards,” he said, according to The Independent.

Capshaw complained and got a rape kit, but nothing was done. He was taken back to the bedroom and again raped by Dahmer, according to the article. The Independent reports that Dahmer has finally been cleared.

Dahmer could not leave his room at the base without an escort at the end of his military service

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A 1991 Knight-Ridder News Service article stated that for the last two months of his military service, Dahmer was confined to his room and “was not allowed to leave unaccompanied.”

This was due to Dahmer’s “uncontrollable addiction to alcohol and determination to quit the military,” according to the article.

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The story goes that the military put him in an alcohol addiction program, but it didn’t work, and he was fired for drinking alcohol after two years and two months in the army.

The story goes that Dahmer completed his basic training at Fort McClellan in Anniston, Alabama before being sent to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas to become a medical specialist.

At first it was described as average to slightly above average.

According to this article, Dahmer had already been killed. His first known victim was 18-year-old Stephen Hicks, a motorhome driver in Ohio.

This article mentions that other soldiers mocked him for “he was drunk most of the time”. While in the military, he “spoke against the gay lifestyle.”

The article notes that he “often left the base in a taxi on Fridays and disappeared until Sunday” and “was lonely and had no close friends.”

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