Glenda Cleveland is one of the heroines of the Jeffrey Dahmer story. His neighbor, she tried to alert the Milwaukee Police Department that something was wrong with Dahmer and she tried to rescue one of his teenage victims to no avail.
What happened to Cleveland? Where is she now?
Cleveland died in 2011, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“The serial killer could have been stopped two months sooner if only the police had listened to them,” read the newspaper’s obituary.
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Here’s what you need to know:
According to her obituary story in the Journal Sentinel, Cleveland was largely a private individual after the Dahmer tragedy began to fade from the news.
When she died at the age of 56, she didn’t even have a funeral. A memorial service was planned a few months later for people who knew her in Mississippi to attend, the Journal Sentinel reported.
According to the newspaper, Milwaukee police responded to a “citizen tip” and found Cleveland dead on their apartment floor. She died of heart disease and high blood pressure, the newspaper reported, possibly fueled by a cigarette addiction.
The newspaper reported that Cleveland continued to live in the same neighborhood after Dahmer’s arrest until 2009. She then moved to another apartment a short distance away and lived there alone until her death, according to the newspaper.
A November 1992 Associated Press story, accessible at Newspapers.com, cites Cleveland.
According to WTMJ-TV, two Milwaukee police officers, John Balcerzak and Joseph Gabrish, brought 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone back to Dahmer in 1991, despite Cleveland’s vigorous objections.
He was “naked and bleeding,” the TV station reported, but Dahmer “told officers the boy was an adult and his lover and he was drunk.” Dahmer murdered the teenager, officers were fired but reinstated.
She told the AP she was “so concerned about the naked, dazed youths” that she was considering protesting to the police.
“I was thinking about some stupid things like handcuffing myself or sitting on the steps and not moving,” Cleveland told the AP.
The encounter happened in 1991. Cleveland, her niece Nicole Childress, neighbor Tina Spivey, and Cleveland’s daughter Sandra Smith told police, “They felt Sinthasomphone was trying to get away from Dahmer,” the AP reported.
In fact, Balcerzak ran the Milwaukee Police Association. The television station reported that he left the group in 2017.
Gabrish left the Milwaukee squad. According to the Ozaukee Press, he was appointed interim chief of police for the Grafton Police Department, where he served as a captain.
CONTINUE READING: Jeffrey Dahmer’s cause of death.