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BATH, Ohio (CBS) — The childhood home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is up for sale.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Pat Cassidy reports, the northern Ohio home was the site of Dahmer’s first murder in 1978.
The three-bedroom, 2,170 square-foot house, is on a wooded lot in the Ohio town of Bath, near Akron, and is listed for $329,000.
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Dahmer was born in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, Wis., but his parents bought the Ohio house in 1968, when he was 8 years old. In 1978, he bludgeoned hitchhiker Stephen Hicks to death with a dumbbell and buried him in the backyard.
After attending one quarter of college at Ohio State University, enlisting briefly in the Army and spending a short time in Miami Beach, Fla., Dahmer moved to back to Wisconsin in 1982 and lived first with his grandmother in West Allis, and later in on the west side of Milwaukee.
Dahmer is known to have killed 17 men and boys, many of whom he picked up at gay bars. At least one of those bars was in Chicago.
He picked up one of his victims, Jeremiah Weinberger, at the old Carol’s Speakeasy, at 1355 N. Wells St. in the Old Town neighborhood, on July 2, 1991. Weinberger worked next door, at the Bijou adult theater.
Dahmer took Weinberger back to Milwaukee, where Dahmer killed him after they had spent three days at the Milwaukee apartment together. Dahmer, who was known for cannibalism and mutilating his victims’ bodies, went on to stuff Weinberger’s head in his freezer, and his torso in a blue drum.
“During the last four to six months before he was caught, Dahmer couldn’t kill fast enough,” wrote Bijou owner Steven Toushin in a May 2011 article. “His need, his desire, was overwhelming. The need to consume and possess the power of the dead was sexually empowering to Dahmer.”
Dahmer pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but was convicted and sentenced to 15 life terms. He was killed in prison in 1994.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports the current owner of the Ohio house is musician Chris Butler, who was a founding member of the 1980s band The Waitresses. He said he loved living in the house once he got past the “horror factor.”
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