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The father of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer has died aged 87 while receiving hospice care in Ohio.
An employee at Medina County Health Department confirmed Lionel Dahmer’s death to The U.S. Sun on Tuesday. His cause of death was not immediately made available.
Lionel had vowed to ‘always stick by’ his son, even after details of his twisted crimes came to light when Dahmer was convicted for raping, murdering and cannibalizing more than a dozen young men.
His passing comes almost a year after the death of his second wife Shari, aged 81.
Shari died of complications from health problems on January 13 at a nursing home near the couple’s home in the village of Seville, Ohio.
Jeffrey Dahmer’s father Lionel has died in hospice care at the age of 87 following years standing by his serial killer son
Lionel Dahmer’s death was confirmed on Tuesday and comes almost a year after the death of his second wife
Lionel had been living out the final years of his life in the village after his son’s sick crimes were exposed, and was being looked after by a caretaker named Jeb.
Dahmer killed 17 young men and boys in Wisconsin and Ohio between 1978 and 1991, raping and cannibalizing his victims.
He was convicted in 1992 of his crimes, but murdered in prison two years later at the age of 34.
Dahmer’s close bond with his father was portrayed in controversial Netflix series Monster.
Growing up the two would practice taxidermy together, with father and son often dissecting dead animals together.
Before his death, Lionel had reflected on the ‘red flags’ and missed opportunities to save some of his son’s victims, including one chilling incident in which he almost opened a box containing the mummified remains of one of Dahmer’s last victims.
A documentary unearthed a phone call between the two made by Dahmer from prison in which he bragged about the sick trophies.
He recalled how his dad had threatened to open the box stashed at his Daher’s grandmother’s house, thinking it contained pornographic materials but was persuaded not too.
Jeffrey Dahmer killed 17 young men and boys in Wisconsin and Ohio between 1978 and 1991 before brutally dismembering and cannibalizing them
Despite his son’s heinous crimes, Lionel supported his son until his murder in jail at the age of 34
‘So when I made the visit to Milwaukee, I saw this box in the closet in his room and I said “I’m going to open it” and I started going down to the basement to get a tool to open up the box,’ he explained in a Dr. Phil interview included as part of FOX Nation’s documentary, My Son Jeffrey: The Dahmer Family Tapes.
‘He kept complaining that he couldn’t even have one foot square of property to do with what he wants and I said “I’m gonna open it up anyway, find out what’s in here” because I thought it was something related to pornography.
”I said “what would you have done Jeff if I had opened it?” and he said something like, “the jig would have been up”, something non-emotional, non-committal.’
In another recording shown in the documentary, Lionel can be heard telling his son that he too had ‘weird thoughts’ when he was younger but he was ‘never caught.’
He also once asked his killer son what his ‘very first fantasy’ which was ‘odd or disturbing’.
The father then says during the prison phone call: ‘Nothing, absolutely nothing is too great not to be forgiven.’
Lionel vowed to ‘always stick by’ his son, stating that everyone sins and that Dahmer was just ‘at the extreme end of that’.
Lionel once told his son that, ‘Nothing, absolutely nothing is too great not to be forgiven’ during a phone call between the two while Dahmer was in prison
The doting dad previously reflected on missed ‘red flags’ that may have stopped his killer but vowed to ‘always stick by him’
Dahmer was found guilty of murdering (L-R) Curtis Straughter, Steven Mark Hicks, Ricahrd Guerrero, Jeremy Weinberger, Jamie Doxtator, Ricky Beeks, Oliver Lacy, Errol Lindsey, Konerak Sinthasomphone, Ernest Miller, Anthony Hughes, Joseph Bradehoft , Matt Turner, Anthony Sears, David C Thomas and Edward Smith
His son’s disturbing crimes and their relationship were thrust back into the spotlight following the Netflix show.
The two relied on each other following Lionel’s divorce from Dahmer’s mother Joyce in 1978.
Joyce took off with Dahmer’s brother David, leaving him with his father in the aftermath of the break up due to her affair.
Dahmer began the first of his brutal murders the year of his parents’ divorce, just three weeks after graduating high school.
The killer picked up hitchhiker Steven Mark Hicks and lured him back to his home with the promise of alcohol before attacking him.
Lionel granted multiple interviews and wrote his own book, A Father’s Story detailing his account of the grisly killings.
The father-of-two was born July 29, 1936, in West Allis, Wisconsin. His father was a teacher and barber and died young, along with Lionel’s mother.
Lionel went on to become a chemist by trade and introduced Dahmer to taxidermy as a scientific hobby.
Dahmer’s father spoke of several missed chances, including an incident where he almost opened a box of mummified remains belonging to one of Dahmer’s victims which he had stashed at his grandmother’s house
Shari Dahmer passed away at a nursing home in Seville, Ohio, where she had been living near the home she shared with her husband and Jeffrey Dahmer’s father, Lionel
He married Dahmer’s mother in 1959. who worked as a case manager for the Central Valley AIDS Center until her death in 2000.
In 2020 he appeared in the documentary Jeffrey Dahmer: Mind of a Monster and described how ‘devastating’ it was to find out his son had been killed in prison.
Dahmer was battered to death by Christopher Scarver, a fellow inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution.
Despite the grim connotations of his name, Lionel vowed never to change his surname as Dahmer’s brother David did, saying he was proud of his heritage.