Jeffrey Dahmer

12:00 AM

Warning: Do not read these posts if you are easily affected by gore/abuse. Read at your own risk.

I've had a few people say to me that they really loved my Serial Killer Sunday and that it was one of the things they really loved reading on my blog, therefore as I am now doing Forensic Psychology as one of my modules and are getting more information on Serial Killers, I thought I would bring it back! 

Year's active: 1978 - 1991
Number of Killings: 17
Killing method: There are a multiple different methods of murder Dahmer would delve into including the use of a powersaw, strangulation and injections of acid. However, the majority of his murders were followed by cannibalism and necrophilia
Year caught: 1991
Where now: Murdered in Prison in 1994.

Jeffrey Dahmer was born on May 21st 1960 in Wisconsin, USA. He is an incredibly infamous serial killer that many people will have heard of. There is a film that was created about him called Dahmer where he is portrayed by Jeremy Renner (you may have seen him in the avengers playing hawkeye) and there are numerous books and documentaries. Dahmer grew up in West Allis, Wisconsin with his mother, father and brother. His mother suffered from several illnesses and craved constant attention from her husband, she even attempted suicide. This ultimately lead to Dahmer being very reserved as he had little attention and was neglected by his parents.

From a young age, Dahmer had an interest in animals and collected large insects such as butterflies. Later, he started to collect animal carcasses from the side of roads which he would dissect in his home. His father later taught him how to preserve animal bones.
Once Dahmer became an adolescent he came to the realisation that he was in fact homosexual, but kept this a secret from his parents. He had several fantasies of knocking men unconscious and dissecting them as he had his animals earlier in life.

Dahmer committed his first murder at the age of 18, he picked up an 18 year old hitchhicker and invited him to his home where he lived alone. The pair drank together and listened to music and when the man wanted to leave, Dahmer bludgeoned him with a dumbbell and strangled him to death. Dahmer then stripped the clothes off the man and masturbated over his body.

All of Dahmers known victims were males, he has spoken openly about the majority of them, though it is well known that serial killers will not reveal every detail as they like to keep some things for themselves. A lot of Dahmers killings were opportunistic, of people that were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Dahmers murders escalated the more that he was able to get away with, he started to dismember and preserve body parts. The later murders he started to keep certain parts within his freezer in order to later consume them. He later also started to document his killings, taking Polaroid photos of the dismemberment process as well as also becoming more creative in his killings and using methods such as using drugs to render his victims unconscious.

Dahmer was caught as one of his intended victims managed to escape and contact the police. Once the police entered the apartment they found Dahmers Polaroids and were able to determine they were taken in that very apartment as the decor was the same. Dahmer attempted to fight the officers and resist arrest. Once Dahmer was handcuffed, one of the officers discovered a severed head within the freezer and called for back-up. After a thorough search of the apartment by the Investigation Bureau, 7 skulls, hearts and other parts were found as well as 74 photos.

Dahmer eventually confessed to his crimes, and was placed in confinement for his own safety. There was an attempt on his life with a razor blade but he managed to survive this assault. He was later attacked in a bathroom by two men which ultimately lead to his death.

What do you think of Dahmer? Why do you think he confessed to everything? Leave comments below!


Psychology; Where to begin.

11:45 AM

I know I have been away for a very long time, but I have had a lot of university work, personal problems and very little motivation to write anything. Recently, however, I was inspired by Jean from BookishThoughts where she made a video on what books to start with if you want to get into Ancient History. I loved this idea, really enjoyed the video (added a few of them to my wishlist) and wanted to create my own version for those who want to dive into the world of Psychology! Some are very general, some are more specific, but these are books which I recommend starting with if you want to get into the topic, or if you just have a general interest in some areas. Note: these are definitely not all the books that I deem to be important in Psychology, just the ones that I think most people would find interesting and a good start into Psychology. Lets begin shall we!

One of those books that only has you reading the title and you're already intrigued. This has come up in several of my lectures and the title is exactly as it sounds. Oliver Sacks discusses a wide variety of neurological disorders in this book, the one in which is the main focus is the man who literally thought his wife was a hat and tried to put her on, it sounds incredibly strange but trust me it is an incredibly interesting read and one which will come up time and time again throughout psychology.

One of the most colourful, fun, captivating books that I have come across that sums up all the main ideas of Psychology. This is one of those books that you can delve into here and there or you can read it cover to cover. It has all the main experiments, psychologists and ideas in here and it is explained so incredibly simply that anyone who has any interest in the topic would be able to pick it up and read it. It has a wide range of topics in this one from social to cognitive psychology as well as explaining the origins and definitions of these terms. Love this one, would definitely be my first recommendation for you newbies out there.

This book is a lot more black and white, has a lot more text to read through and therefore is slightly more advanced in its writing style than the Psychology Book. I really like this book too though, it keeps to the point and makes things really easy to understand. I thought I would give the option of the two books as then it is all about personal preference which you would prefer, they both contain similar content, though I do think the Psychology book may have slightly more areas than this one.

I remember being recommended this book in one of my lectures to read over the holidays, I thought it sounded interesting so I went on a hunt to find it and it is actually in HMV of all places. This book is a really light read, anyone would be able to understand it and its actually really interesting! It talks about a wide range of weird and wonderful experiments that have actually happened, such as the experiments on dead bodies that inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or literally, as the title explains, giving acid (LSD) to elephants. This is a really wonderful book for anyone and everyone who is interested in the area.

Michel Foucault is a very famous name when it comes to psychology, i'm sure that some of you may have heard of him even if you have not studied psychology before. I think this is one of his most famous works and it is an incredibly interesting one. In this book, Foucault discusses what it means to be mad as well as how our attitudes have changed towards madness over the years, one time mentally ill people were considered a threat and locked away and treated so poorly, to now. However, this book was written in 1965 so it isn't as up to date on the views of madness as we are as a society now, so bare that in mind if you decide to read this one, an interesting read none the less.

At the start of my undergraduate degree, this was recommended to be read as a starting point before the course even began. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is going onto, or is in the middle of, an undergraduate degree. You have all the key psychologists in there, with a bit of background on them as well as what they are most known for. This is really useful when you start to come across these figures in your lectures and already you know quite a bit about them. I would say if someone was to ask me for one book to get them started in Psychology, this would be the first that came to mind.

Probably one of the first Psychology books that I ever read, as I remember my college teacher telling us about it after we watched clips from the Stanford Prison Experiment (really interesting experiment, google it, but be warned it is pretty horrific) and I asked for it for Christmas from my mum. This book discusses the idea of how an ordinary, good person can turn evil. If you think about it, why did the soldiers in Nazi Germany kill all those people? This book helps to answer questions like that, though it is quite a scary one as it does make you think that anyone has the capacity to be evil, given the right circumstances.

I realise the name "Sigmund Freud" has a lot of either negative or nonsense ideas surrounding him. Yes, he did believe in some bizarre concepts such as the Oedipus Complex (google it, seriously.) and he did have the idea of dream analysis (he was on a lot of cocaine okay) and us psychology students do get frustrated when everyone who has never done psychology before only ever thinks of him... However, one of his most famous books and one which is still considered to be relevant today is Civilisation and its Discontents. Basically, in this book Freud discusses the impact of civilization and its rules upon an individual, he discusses the ideas of our "primitive" instincts which can't be stopped. Its a very hard read and can be quite difficult, but if you grasp the feeling of the book then its definitely worth it and an interesting one at that.

If someone asked me for recommendations in terms of Forensic Psychology, this would probably be one of the first ones that I would shove in their face. I've not actually read this cover to cover but I have read quite a large chunk of it over the years and I now finally own my own copy! Adrian Raine is one of the leading psychologists in this field, looking at the differences in biology between criminals/non-criminals, psychopaths/non-psychopaths. It may not be the easiest read, but it is definitely a really interesting one.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope this has given you some good starting points into the wonderful world of Psychology! If you have any questions, or want recommendations within a certain field then feel free to send me a tweet or message! Thanks for reading.