Jeffrey Dahmer’s Father Dies In Hospice Care At 87

Suspected serial killer Jeffrey L. Dahmer enters t
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 6: Suspected serial killer Jeffrey L. Dahmer enters the courtroom of judge Jeffrey A. Wagner 06 August 1991. Dahmer has been charged with eight additional counts of first-degree murder, bringing the number of homicides he is charged with to 12. The judge increased Dahmer's bail to five million dollars. He was sentenced to fifteen consecutive life terms or a total of 957 years in prison. Dahmer was killed by a fellow prisoner, Christopher Scarver, 28 November 1994 at Columbia Correctional Institution, Portage, Wisconsin. (FILM) (Photo credit should read EUGENE GARCIA/AFP via Getty Images)
Serial killer Jeffrey L. Dahmer (Photo credit by EUGENE GARCIA/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN’s Abril Elfi
4:10 PM – Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s father, Lionel Dahmer, has died in hospice care at 87-years-old. 


On Tuesday, it was confirmed by the local health department that Lionel Dahmer passed away from “unknown causes” while under hospice care in Medina County, Ohio. 

Although his death was just confirmed to the press on Tuesday, the exact date he died is still unknown.

Jeffrey Dahmer was a notorious serial killer and cannibal who murdered at least 17 people in Bath township, Ohio, as well as Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Lionel had always stuck by his psychotic son, in a 1994 interview with Oprah, he said: “I still love my son. I’ll always stick by him – I always have.”

His death comes almost a year after his wife Shari died on January 13th at a nursing home in Seville, a village in Medina County, Ohio.

The father also frequently visited the prison that his son was confined in until 1994. During that year, Christopher Scarver, another inmate, fatally beat Jeffrey to death with a metal bar. This was less than a year after Jeffery was found guilty of his crimes.

In 1978, when Jeffrey’s brother, David, was twelve and Jeffrey was eighteen, Lionel divorced Joyce Flint, Dahmer’s biological mother.

In his book “A Father’s Story,” he described how he had raised Dahmer from his point of view and attempted to explore the deeper reasons behind his criminal behavior. 

He also acknowledged that he had tried to reach out to his son and that he was aware of his alcoholism and mental issues, but he was unable to identify any clear explanation for why his son had turned a serial killer.

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