Jeffrey Dahmer's Brother Has Changed His Name in Order to Dissociate From Him

Megan Uy - Author

Mar. 24 2021, Updated 2:55 p.m. ET

Jeffrey Dahmer
Source: Getty Images

The name Jeffrey Dahmer has become infamous. He isn't a movie star, musician, producer, or any type of celebrity within the entertainment world. But, he's a serial killer that garnered a lot of fame because of the unbelievable and horrific crimes he committed in his lifetime.

Sometimes known as "The Cannibal Killer," Jeffrey is remembered for killing and dismembering 17 boys and men between the years 1978 and 1991. There'd be times where he'd even eat parts of his victims, hence the name.

Article continues below advertisement

He ended up being indicted on 15 murder charges in 1992. He was found guilty and was ordered to serve 15 life terms, which were equivalent to 957 years in prison. In 1994, he died due to injuries from an attack he experienced behind bars.

Jeffrey seemingly lived a pretty average life before he became a serial killer. He had a family that consisted of his mother, father, and brother. Find out where they are now and how their lives changed when their son was found guilty of more than 15 murders.

jeffrey dahmer family
Source: EUGENE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images
Article continues below advertisement

Jeffrey Dahmer's family includes his mother, father, and brother.

Jeffrey's father and mother are Lionel Dahmer and Joyce Flint. When he was a teenager his parents divorced. Lionel, who is a chemist, wrote a book titled A Father's Story in which he discusses what it was like being the dad to a well-known serial killer. 

He mentioned that he thinks maybe his ex-wife being on prescription drugs while she was pregnant with Jeffrey could've affected his brain somehow. Lionel also blamed himself for not being enough of an emotional support for Jeffrey.

There's a part in the book where he says maybe chemistry, his line of work, has to do with the way Jeffrey acted. "As a scientist, [I] wonder if [the] potential for great evil...resides deep in the blood that some of us...may pass on to our children at birth,” he wrote. 

He stayed in touch with his son when Jeffrey was incarcerated and made sure to visit him. His second wife, Jeffrey's stepmom, Shari, did the same. 

Jeffrey was never married and didn't have kids of his own.

Article continues below advertisement

His mother Joyce really struggled after Jeffrey was convicted and went to jail. She called him every Sunday while he was in jail. She also expressed in interviews that she'd always love her son. Just a few months after Jeffrey was murdered in prison, Joyce attempted suicide, but she survived the attempt. She had left a note saying, "It's been a lonely life, especially today. Please cremate me ... I love my sons, Jeff and David.” Joyce died in 2000 from breast cancer.

Article continues below advertisement

As for Jeffrey's younger brother David, he has stayed under wraps and on the down-low throughout Jeffrey's conviction and imprisonment. He never participated in any interviews surrounding his older brother. Oxygen reports that he has changed his name and wants to be dissociated from his brother and his actions.

Evan Peters will play Jeffrey Dahmer in an upcoming Netflix series about the serial killer.

Deadline announced that Evan Peters will be playing Jeffrey Dahmer in a Netflix series by Ryan Murphy called Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. He will be joined by Niecy Nash, Penelope Ann Miller, Shaun J. Brown, Colin Ford, and Richard Jenkins. The story will follow the killing spree and will be told from the point of view of his victims, the outlet reports.

Evan is a go-to actor for Ryan Murphy as he has appeared in many other of his works like the American Horror Story series and the FX drama Pose.  

More from Distractify

Latest Entertainment News and Updates

    Opt-out of personalized ads

    © Copyright 2024 Distractify. Distractify is a registered trademark. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.