A former classmate of Jeffrey Dahmer has revealed he learned of the cannibal serial killer’s crimes after reading a newspaper while traveling by train in Europe.
“I was in an unusual situation,” Dr. Mike Kukral told FOX News Digital. “Most of their classmates, from what I know, of course, found out on TV, on the front page of the newspaper, when their parents told them who would probably still be living at home if they had moved out, things like that.”
“I was abroad, I was in Europe, I had been in Europe for a whole year on a Fulbright scholarship, and I was almost ready to come home. I guess it was July or August of ’91 and I picked up a newspaper. I had to take a long train trip and I picked up a newspaper, and nothing on the first page, not too interesting, on the second, third page. And then… there’s a photograph of his family home in Bath. And I knew that house quite well; Everyone knew that Jeff Dahmer lived there, that house. And I saw a picture of the house, and then I read the article and I just couldn’t understand what he was reading.”
Dr. Kukral, a professor emeritus at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, was a classmate of the “Milwaukee Monster” during high school and high school in the 1970s. He explained how “stunned” he was after learning of the crimes. by Dahmer.
A mugshot is taken of Jeffrey Dahmer in August 1982. Getty Images
“At first I thought it was his father who had committed the murders. And then when I read the second paragraph, they used his first name, Jeffrey. “I sat there, stunned, I would say, on this train for hours with no one to talk to about it and I just read this short article,” he said. “I sat on this train for the next four or five hours thinking about this and thinking about Jeff Dahmer and thinking about high school and wondering what the hell was going through his head, what made him do these things.”
“There is no explanation for something as horrible as these crimes,” he added.
Dahmer was arrested in May 1991 by the Milwaukee Police Department.
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Curt Borgwardt
At the crime scene, officials found several decapitated human heads and numerous dismembered bodies.
Dahmer, a sex offender, committed the rape, murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.
Many of his later murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the preservation of body parts.
The Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer murders involved rape, necrophilia and cannibalism.Curt Borgwardt
The serial killer’s truly horrific modus operandi came to light during his trial, in which he was found guilty of 15 murders in Wisconsin.
According to prosecutors, there was not enough evidence to charge him with the sixteenth murder.
He also pleaded guilty to the murder of a hitchhiker in Ohio in 1978.
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer’s horrific murders first gained attention during his trial when he was convicted of 15 murders in Wisconsin. Curt Borgwardt
“How can you understand something like that?” -Kukral asked. “How can you think of anyone you might have known? I mean, think of all the people in the US who didn’t know Jeff Dahmer and how shocked they were and how repulsed they were to read this news of this murderer in series and the crimes he committed and the murders and everything. Imagine? Well, let’s go up a few levels, a few notches and say, ‘Oh, yeah, by the way, I went to school with this kid.’ I met him when we were teenagers “That’s another level.”
Dahmer was serving 15 consecutive life sentences in 1994 when he was beaten to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver.
Dr. Kukral told Fox News Digital how unprepared he was, having known Dahmer from an early age.
“I wouldn’t say I’m a friend of his. I don’t think he had any close friends,” she said. “We saw him a lot because my friends and I thought he was a funny guy. He did things to make us laugh and make us laugh. And he was in a lot of classes with me. So he was around the whole time, my group of friends, but I don’t think he really had any close friends in those years.”
“That’s how I met him, just someone in my class who was a little different, a little fun.”
Given Dahmer’s oddities, Dr. Kukral explained that nothing in his behavior “would tell us that there is anything dark or evil about him.”
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was eventually murdered by fellow prisoner Christopher Scarver. Marny Malin
“I think maybe that interest in biology and life is the only thing I can think of,” Dr. Kukral said. “But at the time we didn’t think it was a really bad thing. Just, you know, some kids are interested in that stuff. Other children don’t.”
The professor emeritus also shared a story about Dahmer’s “silly” and “spontaneous” antics that he mentions in FOX Nation’s four-part documentary series, “My Son Jeffrey: The Dahmer Family Tapes.”
“I was at my locker and he just walked by and put his head on my chest for a second and said, ‘I just want to listen to your heart, make sure you’re still alive,’ and then he just went to the right. at the end of the hall, as always. And that lasted five seconds, and that’s like a dumb thing for a 14- or 15-year-old to do,” he said.
A newspaper vending machine with the Milwaukee Sentinel displays a copy of a newspaper headline Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer being murdered by his inmate. fake images
“We tried to build on that now and make it a little darker than it was. But at that time, from the outside, not from Jeff Dahmer’s mind… I mean, I don’t know what his mind was thinking… but from the outside, we didn’t think anything bad about him doing things like that. He was just a little bit different and a little bit fun and didn’t really seem to have the usual interest that a lot of other kids had.”
In FOX Nation’s four-part documentary series, “My Son Jeffrey: The Dahmer Family Tapes,” Dr. Kukral also revealed more about his childhood interactions with Dahmer.
The show, now streaming, takes a closer look at Dahmer’s crime spree and explores the killer’s life, from his early years to his own death.
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The series includes chilling recordings of conversations between serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer and his father, Lionel.
These never-before-heard audio tapes reveal new details about his crimes and his relationship with his father from Dahmer’s own words.
While Dahmer’s actions may not have the impact on Dr. Kukral that they had on the victims and their families, the former classmate said “he will always be there, somewhere in my mind.”
“The people whose lives it has impacted, of course, are all the families of the victims. And that is something that should never be forgotten. All the tragedy in their lives that will never end,” he said. “For the rest of us, it’s part of our past, part of our growing up years.”
Dr. Kukral, along with others connected to Dahmer, reveal more chilling details of the killer’s past and never-before-heard audio tapes reveal his descent into depravity through his own words. Learn more by signing up for FOX Nation and streaming “My Son Jeffrey: The Dahmer Family Tapes.”