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Jeffrey Dahmer Army Service: Did he have casualties in Germany?

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The new Netflix series about Jeffrey Dahmer has sparked renewed interest in the serial killer’s use in the US Army.

Was Dahmer really in the military? Where was he stationed? Is it possible that he killed people in other countries? It is true that Dahmer served in the US Army but was washed out for alcohol abuse.

He was stationed in Germany and was investigated in unsolved murders that occurred during this period. However, he was never officially accused of committing any of them.

Here’s what you need to know:

A 1991 article in the Edmonton Journal, accessible through, reported that police were investigating the possibility that Dahmer was “involved in five mutilation killings near an army base in Baumbolder, Germany, where he served”.

However, Dahmer was never officially accused of these crimes.

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

One of those deaths involved a 22-year-old hitchhiker named Erika Handschuh, who was strangled and stabbed to death in 1980. However, this death does not fit Dahmer’s victim profile as it was primarily aimed at gay men of color.

A 1991 series in the Akron Beacon Journal, also accessible through, reports that Dahmer was discharged from the Army on March 26, 1981.

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

The book Cannibal Killer states that Baumholder’s connection to unsolved murders was “dismissed as theoretically improbable because there were women among the victims.”

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

“I was raped by Jeffrey. I’m just grateful to be alive to tell the story.”

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

“I’ve probably been raped eight to ten times, I don’t know. He tied me to the bunk with a fleet rope. He took all my clothes off me. He would either hit me before he raped me or he would hit me afterwards,” he said, according to the Independent.

Capshaw complained and was given a rape kit, but nothing was done. He was sent back into the room and raped again by Dahmer, the article reports. Dahmer was eventually honorably discharged, The Independent reported.

A 1991 Knight-Ridder news service article said that for the last two months of his tenure in the military, Dahmer was confined to his room and “was not allowed to leave without an escort.”

The reason for this was Dahmer’s “runaway alcoholism and his determination to get out of the army,” the article says.

The army put him through an alcohol program, but it didn’t work and he was discharged after two years and two months in the military for his drinking, according to the story.

The story goes that Dahmer completed basic training at Fort McClellan in Anniston, Alabama, before being sent to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas to do residency training.

Initially, he was described as average to slightly above average.

According to that article, Dahmer had already murdered. His first known victim was Steven Hicks, 18, a hitchhiker in Ohio.

That article states that other soldiers made fun of him because he was “drunk most of the time.” During his time in the army “he spoke out against the gay lifestyle”.

The article states: “He often left the base in a taxi on Friday and disappeared by Sunday” and “he was a loner with no close friends”.

CONTINUE READING: Jeffrey Dahmer’s cause of death.

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