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Tracy Edwards Now: Where’s Dahmer Escapee Today?

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The new Netflix series about Milwaukee serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer begins with a dramatic encounter between Dahmer and a man named Tracy Edwards.

Stop reading if you don’t want spoilers for the series!

Where is Edwards now? What is he doing today? His life was never the same after he fled Dahmer and was charged with a felony in Milwaukee in 2012. “It’s like Humpty Dumpty,” Edwards’ defense attorney Paul Ksicinski told ABC News, referring to Edwards’ life after Dahmer. “It’s like he could never put the pieces back together.”

In the first episode of the Netflix series, Dahmer meets Edwards at a gay bar and convinces Edwards to return to his apartment for $50 and ask him to take a picture. When they get there, however, Edwards is immediately intimidated by the smell in Dahmer’s apartment.

Dahmer tries to drug him, but Edwards notices something in the glass and he doesn’t drink the drink, likely saving his life. Dahmer tries to get him to watch his favorite movie, The Exorcist III, and a terrified Edwards notices blood on his mattress and a suspicious blue barrel in the corner. Dahmer attacks him with a knife and manages to handcuff Edwards. Edwards waits for his moment, and he fights with Dahmer and manages to escape, running down the street with a single handcuff on his arm and stopping the police.

Inside the apartment, an officer discovers photos of mutilated bodies in Dahmer’s bedroom dresser. And that marked the end of Dahmer’s serial killers.

But is it a true story? Did a man named Tracy Edwards really escape the clutches of Jeffrey Dahmer?

Here’s what you need to know:

In his trial testimony, Edwards stated the following:

He said he is 32 years old and lives in Louisiana. On July 20, 1991, he was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and saw a person named Jeffrey Dahmer.

Edwards was drinking beer, talking, and hanging out with friends around 6:15 p.m. “He eventually approached us and started talking to us.”

Dahmer said he came to the city from Chicago to care for a sick grandmother in West Allis, Wisconsin. “He said he was a professional photographer,” and he usually paid people for pictures.

He wanted Edwards to pose for “nude” photos.

At first it seemed normal in the apartment. Dahmer switched off the burglar alarm. But Edwards smelled a “foul smell. I didn’t know exactly what it was. He told me a sewage pipe had broken and management would take care of it.”

Dahmer offered him $100. He brought Edwards a beer and then rum and coke. He raised fish in his tank. Edwards turned right to view the aquarium. “Suddenly handcuffs and a knife are pulled on me.” Dahmer put the handcuff on his left wrist.

He asked what was going on and said it wasn’t necessary. He was afraid.

Edwards testified that there was a television in the room and the film Exorcist III was playing on a VCR in the back bedroom at the time.

They both sat on the bed. Dahmer held the handcuffs and had the knife pointed at his side.

He said he wanted to leave and was considering jumping out the window. Talking to him, he tried to let Dahmer know, “I was his friend.”

Edwards said for a minute that Dahmer was nice. He then said he didn’t want people to leave or let him down. “Sometimes he wasn’t himself. Sometimes he was like a nice guy. He came and went at different times.” He was silent and sometimes watched the film.

He began rocking and “singing” during certain parts of the film.

Edwards couldn’t understand what he was saying. He sang “on and off throughout the ordeal.”

Dahmer was most interested in the scene in the film about the preacher being possessed, said Edwards, who testified that the serial killer was “interested in that part.” That part got his attention more than anything.”

That kind of film, certain parts, “interested him. It was as if he had changed at times with it. He would get more aggressive.” He would try to cuff Edward both of them, wanting to feel dominant. He wanted Edwards face down.

“I lay on my side. God told me not to lay flat and let this person tie me up, so I didn’t.”

He laid his head on Edward’s chest. “Like he listened to my heart because at that point he told me he was going to eat my heart.”

Edwards unbuttoned his shirt to make Dahmer more comfortable and sat on the couch.

Dahmer started singing again, so Edwards said he needed to go to the bathroom. He hit him and he ran away. “I took the chance. At least I’ll die trying. I won’t just sit here. I hit him and ran…I made it out.”

This all accurately reflects the Netflix scenes. In real life, Edwards was stuck in Dahmer’s apartment for four hours trying to break free from the serial killer’s clutches.

He told a Milwaukee police officer that “this freak, this nutcase tried to hurt me.” The officers went into the apartment and arrested Dahmer.

A 2001 Associated Press article, accessible through, reported that Edwards escaped Dahmer’s hideout when the serial killer was not looking. A handcuff “was still dangling from his wrist” when he stopped police.

A 1992 Associated Press article said that Edwards testified that he fled Dahmer’s apartment “after seeing a head in the fridge and a hand Dahmer took out of a filing cabinet.”

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