Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer, Ryan Murphy’s most recent drama series on Netflix, tells a fictionalized version of the serial killer’s very real crimes.
The series, which features Murphy’s longtime partner Evan Peters, chronicles the 17 killings that the show’s title character committed between 1978 and 1991. Dahmer was indeed in the military for a portion of this time, as implied in the fourth episode.
What Was Jeffrey Dahmer’s Job in The Military?
After leaving Ohio State University after just one semester in 1978, Dahmer joined the army after being persuaded to do so by his father. His service records characterize him as an “average to slightly above soldier.”
He had his Army medical training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 8th Infantry Division at a post in Baumholder, West Germany. From early 1979 to early 1981, Dahmer served in Germany.
Was Jeffrey Dahmer a Criminal While Serving in The Military?
German law enforcement restarted inquiries into a number of unsolved deaths that occurred while Dahmer was serving in Baumholder after his crimes came to light, but no connection was ultimately discovered.
Two distinct young men accused Dahmer of sexual abuse when he was serving in the Army. Preston Davis, a Black physician who worked with Dahmer in 1979 at the age of 20, claimed that Dahmer would frequently boast about his crimes when intoxicated and that he would subject him to racial tirades. Davis said that Dahmer drugged and raped him during a training exercise in Belgium when the two men were alone together.
He later recalled the incident in a story for Protect Our Defenders, stating, “Somewhere during that time, I was sexually attacked, which involved penetration. “I think I was under the influence since I lost track of time and suffer memory lapses. I had hardly any memory of the incident, so I must have been feeling really humiliated.” Davis further asserted that he thought Dahmer’s failure to kill him was due to his inability to find his way back to the German base on his own.
Billy J. Capshaw, a 17-year-old roommate of Dahmer, also accused him of sexual assault. Capshaw recalled multiple instances in which Dahmer would lock him up, beat him, and sexually attack him while intoxicated. The shortcomings of the police are extensively explored in Monster, although Capshaw reported the assaults and underwent a rape test, law enforcement disregarded the results, allowing Dahmer to harass Capshaw for more than a year.
Dahmer Was Released When And Why?
Before receiving an honorable discharge in 1981 as a result of his problems with alcohol misuse, Dahmer served for over two years in Germany. After coming back to the United States, he briefly resided in Miami Beach until getting ejected from his hotel for failing to pay. He subsequently relocated to Ohio to live with his father and stepmother.