Although based on true events, Netflix’s ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’ series has some differences from real life, such as mixing the experiences of two real-life women for Glenda Cleveland’s character.
And although in the series starring Evan Peters (who also appears in ‘Never Back Down’) the testimonies of some survivors are exposed, there were several who managed to escape the murderer.
How many people survived Jeffrey Dahmer?
Between 1978 and 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer killed 17 people, most of them young, gay men of color. In addition to Tracy Edwards, who escaped and helped apprehend the killer, there were more people who managed to survive an encounter with Dahmer.
According to reports and statements at Dahmer’s trial, there were five men who knew Dahmer and managed to escape before the killer drugged, raped and killed them.
Survivors of the so-called ‘Milwaukee Butcher’ include the aforementioned Tracy Edwards, Ronald Flowers, Somsack Sinthasomphone, Preston Davis and Billy Capshaw.
How did Tracy Edwards escape Jeffrey Dahmer?
As shown in the series, Tracy Edwards managed to escape from Dahmer’s apartment, went to the police to tell them about her experience and took them to the place. This ended in the arrest of the murderer.
Tracy Edwards gave her testimony at the 1992 Dahmer trial; however, she later had a life breaking the law and was arrested for drug possession, robbery. In 2011 he was sentenced to a year and a half for his responsibility in the death of a homeless man named Jonny Jordan.
How Ronald Flowers escaped Jeffrey Dahmer
According to the testimony of Ronald Flowers in the documentary ‘Jeffrey Dahmer: Mind of a Monster’ (2020), he met Dahmer in a parking lot in Milwaukee in 1988, when his car was stranded and the killer offered to help him. .
Dahmer told Flowers that he would take him to his grandmother’s house to get another car and start Ronald’s, but at his house he gave him a coffee with a substance that put him to sleep.
Flowers woke up confused at Milwaukee General Hospital and claimed he only survived because Dahmer’s grandmother knew he was there and the killer probably had to control his impulses. He reported it to the police, but was ignored.
Somsack Sinthasomphone the brother who escaped from Jeffrey Dahmer
When he was 14 years old, Konerak Sinthasomphone was attacked and killed by Jeffrey Dahmer in 1991. But years before, in 1988, the killer had already abused his older brother, Somsack.
True to his modus operandi, Dahmer persuaded Somsack to come to his apartment and offered him money for nude photos of him. Upon arriving at his house, the murderer drugged the minor and sexually abused him, but did not kill him.
Somsack went with the police and they arrested Dahmer, but he only received a sentence of one year in prison with five years of probation, although a week later he was released after paying bail. Three years later he murdered Somsack’s brother.
Preston Davis and his encounter with Jeffrey Dahmer in 1979
In the 2017 Oxygen documentary ‘Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks’, Preston Davis talks about meeting Dahmer in Germany when he was 20 and the killer was in the military.
Davis confesses that in 1979 he was drugged and abused by Dahmer while they were conducting a field exercise in Belgium. The reason he didn’t kill him was because they were in the middle of nowhere and Dahmer didn’t know how to get back to Germany.
Billy Capshaw was tortured by Jeffrey Dahmer in the army
In an interview for The Wrap in November 2017, Billy Capshaw reveals that he met Dahmer in the army as roommates, when he was 17 and the killer was 20.
On the Surviving Jeffrey Dahmer website, it is detailed that Billy was tortured, raped, and controlled for months by Dahmer and that total control may have been the reason Dahmer kept him alive.
After two years of abuse and no one in the military taking his complaints seriously, Billy got rid of Dahmer when Dahmer was discharged from the military for his alcohol abuse. Although he suffered from a serious Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
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