Jeffrey Dahmer had a one-bedroom apartment in Milwaukee’s Oxford Apartments.
He occupied No. 213 at the time of his arrest in the summer of 1991.
According to TIME, it was noted that his neighbors had had clues that something was off:
“A power saw buzzed at odd hours. The putrid odor of rotting meat flooded the corridors. Occasionally, a tenant would hear a cry or the thump of a falling object on the second floor.”
Two coppers from District 3, P.O. Robert Rauth and Rolf Mueller, were driving through Dahmer’s neighborhood late on July 22, 1991, when they saw a dazed black man with a single handcuff on his wrist.
Tracy Edwards, 32, told them about watching a video with a “weird dude,” and being drugged, handcuffed, and threatened with a knife.
He had fought back and escaped from the apartment.
The cops had him take them to the apartment.
Dahmer answered the door and explained that he lost his job at a chocolate factory, (true), got drunk and lost his temper.
When he went to get the handcuff key to from his bedroom, a cop followed him in. The stench of death and rotting flesh was overwhelming.
He spotted Polaroid photos of dismembered bodies and skulls in a refrigerator.
He went into the kitchen and the found the refrigerator covered with Polaroids of mutilated men.
He froze when he opened the door. A human head sat on a refrigerator shelf. “There’s a goddamn head in here,” he screamed to his partner.
Dahmer fought back hard as they handcuffed him.
Edwards recalled Dahmer’s threats to “cut out your heart and eat it.”
Three more heads and human meat were in the freezer.
Hands from several victims and a penis were in a stockpot in a closet.
Two boiled skulls painted grey were on a bedroom closet shelf.
Male genitalia were also found preserved in formaldehyde.
A bottle of chloroform was found which had been used to drug the victims.
There were hundreds of photos of victims before, during the murders, and after death.
There was an altar of candles and human skulls in his closet.
He planned to create a shrine using skulls, human trophies and a statue of a griffin he owned to honor evil.
He said it would give him ”special powers and energies to help him socially and financially.”
Dahmer told Detective Patrick Kennedy during questioning:
“I have to question whether there is an evil force in the world and whether or not I have been influenced by it. Although I am not sure if there is a God or if there is a Devil, I know that as of lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about both.”