JEFFERY Dahmer’s worried neighbor might have been able to save countless lives if her chilling warnings about him hadn’t been ignored for months.
Glenda Cleveland worried about Dahmer long before he was convicted of 16 of the 17 reported murders in Wisconsin and sentenced to 15 counts of life in prison in February 1992.
In a chilling series coming to Netflix tomorrow about the murder spree, American Horror Story actor Evan Peters plays the killer.
His worried neighbor, Glenda Cleveland, who tried to save some of Dahmer’s victims, is played by Niecy Nash of Hulu’s Claws.
In the preview of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which is based on true events, the actress who plays Cleveland declines a sandwich offered by her monster neighbor.
This suggests the real Dahmer’s confession of eating some of the organs of his dead victims.
In an interview with Netflix, Nash said that Cleveland herself fell victim to Dahmer in some ways. “And her story was the least told.”
She also said she wants people to know that “Glenda Cleveland was a special woman.”
“Being able to go on and on in an effort to get someone to do something. She deserved better than a tacky sign in the back of a social hall somewhere.”
The show’s trailer shows Dahmer getting chance after chance not only from the police on multiple occasions, but also from a judge.
Cleveland did everything he could to try to save Dahmer’s victims and stop him from killing.
However, the authorities did not believe their reports despite warning them about the murders several times.
Police reportedly claimed that a bleeding and naked boy trying to escape Dahmer was an adult involved in a lovers’ quarrel with him, despite Cleveland asking them, “Are you sure?”
She continued, “Because this kid doesn’t even speak English. My daughter had, you know, dealt with him before, seeing him on the street. You know, catching worms.”
It was later revealed that the confused and incoherent boy was 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone, who soon became one of Dahmer’s murder victims.
Cleveland’s daughter, Sandra Smith, and her niece, Nicole Childress, saw the boy running away from Dahmer in an alley on May 27, 1991, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
They stayed with him while the officers were on their way, but they received a response from the police about the situation.
The girls told Cleveland, who then called the police several times.
“We tried to give officers our names, but he just told us to back off,” Smith said, according to AP News.
We tried to give our names to the cops, but he just told us to get the hell out of there.
“I couldn’t understand why he didn’t want our names. I said, ‘What are you going to do about it? This is a boy.’”
Dahmer convinced officers that the young man was her 19-year-old boyfriend who had been drinking too much.
On Twitter, some who know about the horror Dahmer inflicted on his victims paid tribute to Sinthasomphone in response to pages promoting the new Netflix show.
“I will not watch, by Konerak Sinthasomphone. Rest in peace sweet angel,” one person said in a tweet.
Sinthasomphone was reportedly drugged, assaulted and injected with hydrochloric acid by Dahmer.
Cleveland reportedly called back a few days later after seeing Sinthasomphone’s photo in a newspaper article about her disappearance and no one got back to her.
She even tried to call the FBI to no avail, reports say.
Five of Dahmer’s 17 murders, including Konerak, were committed after Cleveland police reports were ignored.
Cleveland reportedly kept in touch with Sinthasomphone’s family and attended one of his son’s weddings.
TRIED TO HELP
Speaking to reporters who arrived at the Oxford apartments where Dahmer lived, Cleveland said: “I just want to get back to normal.”
Serial killer Dahmer was arrested in July 1991.
Cleveland remained on the same street until 2009, his daughter told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
His mother had been living alone ever since in an apartment less than a mile away.
“Why don’t you move out of that house on Haunted Hill?” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that one of his brothers would make teas – but Cleveland always retorted, “I’m not going anywhere.”
Cleveland died two decades after Dahmer’s arrest at age 56.
Milwaukee police officers acted on a citizen’s tip and discovered her body on the floor of her apartment after neighbors did not see her for a few days and became concerned.
The coroner’s office reportedly determined that she died a natural death caused by heart disease and high blood pressure.
His daughter blames the cigarette habit that Cleveland couldn’t stop.
Dahmer allegedly committed his first murder weeks after graduating from high school.
Prior to the murder, he realized he was gay and began fantasizing about dominating and controlling a submissive male partner, according to his admissions.
Dahmer’s first murder was of 19-year-old Stephen Hicks, a hitchhiker he picked up and convinced to come to his house for a drink, reports say.
After that first murder, Dahmer allegedly tried to get back to living a normal life and reportedly didn’t kill anyone else for years.
He enrolled in Ohio State before dropping out because of his alcohol problem. After that, he enlisted in the US Army, and two soldiers claimed to have been raped by Dahmer.
His performance in the army gradually declined because of his alcohol abuse, which led to his eventual discharge from the army.
Once he returned to Milwaukee and started frequenting gay bars, he ended up catching Steven Tuomi, who was his second victim.
Dahmer claimed that he only planned to drug and rape Tuomi, but woke up to find his chest had been crushed and said he had no memory of what he had done.
After this murder, reports say, he began actively looking for more victims that led to his string of murders that Cleveland constantly tried to report to authorities.
Dahmer was eventually arrested in 1991 after Tracy Edwards agreed to come to his apartment for $100 and managed to escape.
After escaping his death, Edward called the police and told them what happened, then one of the officers found polaroids that Dahmer had taken from previous victims while at Dahmer’s apartment.
After this evidence was discovered, Dahmer was arrested and finally convicted in 1992.
In common with his many victims, Dahmer’s life also ended in brutal violence, Distractify reported.
During his first year behind bars, Dahmer was placed in solitary confinement.
Later, at his own request, he was transferred to a less secure facility and assigned a two-hour daily job cleaning the block’s toilets.
Dahmer gave the image of someone on a path of redemption during his early years in prison, being baptized by the prison minister and becoming a born-again Christian.
He ended up losing his life in confinement due to unsupervised contact with his fellow prisoners.
The first reported attack was in 1994, according to Distractify, when another prisoner named Osvaldo Durruthy tried to slit Dahmer’s throat after the church service.
The razor blade only caused superficial injuries and Dahmer was not seriously injured.
Though he did tell his parents, with whom he kept in touch via weekly phone calls, that he was ready to die as punishment for his own actions.
Dahmer was found beaten and bloodied on the bathroom floor on the morning of November 28, 1994.
He reportedly suffered considerable blows to the head from a metal bar and from having his head smashed against a wall.
Dahmer, who was alive at the time, was rushed to medical attention; the serial predator was pronounced dead an hour after arriving at the hospital.