On February 17, 1992, Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to 15 terms of life imprisonment after a trial revealed he committed some of the most evil and gruesome crimes in American history. Known as the Milwaukee Cannibal for eating a number of his victims’ body parts, Dahmer confessed to the rape, murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys shortly after his arrest in 1991.
Committing his first murder just after graduating from high school, Dahmer went on a 13-year killing spree that only escalated in violence and horror. Though we’ve learned a lot about Dahmer’s horrendous crimes since his incarceration, two more victims will share their stories for the first time on Oxygen’s special “Dahmer On Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks.”
Billy Capshaw and Preston Davis, who served with Dahmer while he was in the army from January 1979 to March 1981, both spoke about surviving harrowing episodes of sexual abuse from the young serviceman. Davis revealed that during a two-week field exercise in Baumholder, Germany, he was drugged and sexually assaulted by Dahmer. In order to deal with the trauma of the alleged assault, Davis turned to alcohol.
“My career went downhill afterwards. I got a DWI in 1985 in the military [...] Substance abuse, alcohol abuse... That’s what a lot of victims do to try to suppress that pain,” said Davis.
After leaving the military in 1986, Davis was replaced by Billy Capshaw, who ended up sharing a bunk with Dahmer for over a year. Capshaw chronicled his abuse in the two-part special, saying, “He had me tied up naked to a bunk, and was beside me naked himself and holding me like I would hold a woman. He raped me, sexually molested me, he tortured me. The attacks, the things like that, were continuous and almost every day.”
Capshaw said his shame surrounding the abuse kept him quiet and stopped him from coming forward with his allegations at the time. According to The Independent, Capshaw and Davis are now close friends, as they initially bonded over being “the only two known survivors of Dahmer’s assaults.”
Dahmer, on the other hand, never brought up the alleged sexual abuse he inflicted on Capshaw and Davis while confessing to his numerous murders. In a 1993 interview with investigative journalist Nancy Glass for “Inside Edition,” Dahmer said that while he was in the military, “There just wasn’t an opportunity to fully express what I wanted to do. There was just not the physical opportunity to do it then.”
In “Dahmer On Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks,” former Summit County prosecutor Lynn Slaby explained, “The fact that he didn’t disclose the incidents in the military just doesn’t surprise me. Jeffrey Dahmer wanted to talk about what he wanted to talk about.”
Though Dahmer appeared to be forthright in his confessions and subsequent interviews following his arrest, Capshaw echoed what many people have thought about the seemingly “charming” serial killer: “You really don’t know someone until you live with them.”
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