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The Man Who Could Not Kill Enough: The Secret Murders of Milwaukee's Jeffrey Dahmer Hardcover – June, 1992

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Schwartz, the Milwaukee Journal reporter who first broke the Dahmer story of murder and cannibalism in July 1991, here presents a superficial account of the case. The book is redeemed only by the chapters detailing the impact of the crimes on the city and those showing the media responding to the sensationalism of the revelations in a kind of feeding frenzy. Especially unsatisfactory is the psychological analysis of Dahmer, which has little depth. Additionally, Schwartz is a writer of only average ability. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Dahmer strangled 17 young gay men (most of them black), sexually molested the corpses, then dismembered and photographed the bodies. He stored some of the heads in the freezer--others he boiled, bleached, painted, and kept as mementos. He was arrested in July 1991 when a potential victim managed to escape and reported the incident to the police. The Milwaukee Journal reporter who broke the story recounts Dahmer's background, details each of the murders, considers the divisive effects the case had on the city, and examines the role of the media in reporting sensational crimes. Schwartz's approach to this grisly material is straightforward, and her first-hand account of the process of covering the story of a lifetime is fascinating. She is less successful at drawing a convincing portrait of the killer, and her efforts at psychological analysis are perfunctory. The notoriety of this case will undoubtedly spawn more complete and insightful accounts, but in the meantime, this book will satisfy an immediate interest on the part of true-crime readers.
- Ben Harrison, East Orange P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (June 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559721170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559721172
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book was written by the Milwaukee Journal crime reporter who was the first reporter on the scene when Jeffrey Dahmer's personal slaughterhouse was revealed to the public on July 23, 1991. This book was published the following year and as such it doesn't have the benefit of time with which to look back on the murderer that shocked Milwaukee and the nation. Of course, Jeffrey Dahmer himself didn't have much time, either -- he was killed in prison in November 1994 by a delusional fellow inmate.
Dahmer's misdeeds are widely known, if only in part, but this book does bring forth the full horror in the very first chapter. Working the crime beat, Anne E. Schwartz, the wife of a cop who frequently got to go "under the yellow tape" for a closer look, was one of the few who actually got to stand in Dahmer's cramped, fetid apartment. Upon entering, she first noticed the general clutter and the trappings of a gay single man: potato chip bags, cigarette butts in an ashtray, and posters of muscular hunks adorning the walls. But she also couldn't help but notice the twisted and macabre additions that lurked in every room: a filing cabinet containing multiple human skulls, a scrapbook containing photos of partially dismembered corpses, containers of formaldehyde and chloroform, not to mention various bones and decomposing body parts. She knew this would be the case of a lifetime and in fact she was the one who broke the story.
Schwartz's carefully compiled narrative follows Dahmer from his younger days to the last eighteen months of his life before his arrest, a time he used to kill a dozen men. The book starts strong because the story is simply so shocking. But Schwartz has also spoken personally to many members of the victims' families.
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By K. Pruitt on April 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was interested for the first few chapters, and then completely lost interest, which is crazy because I find the whole Dahmer story very intriguing. She talks far too much about journalism and what the police went through rather than telling about what was going on with Dahmer during all this, and it just seemed to me like she was bragging about being a good journalist who was in with the cops and that she was married to one. It took me weeks to read it just because I kept having to force myself to go on reading about all these things when I just wanted to know more about the man himself. She went to far off topic, it read like an extremely long drawn out newspaper article, and I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book since I have read lots of true crime books.

This book was poorly written and it focused way too much on the author and Milwaukee police officers than it did Jeffery Dahmer. Apparently there are better books out there about Dahmer or you could just watch a documentary on youtube, and you would learn a lot more than you would by reading this book. I did not pay for this book since my local library had a copy of it.
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I was glad that I read this book but it all depends on what your looking for. If you're looking for in-depth knowledge about Dahmer or the why he did it, this isn't the book for you. It doesn't talk extensively about the victims about his history. It was more about what it was like to live in Milwaukee at the time this happened and what it was like to be a reporter on this case. To me, that was interesting. It does get pretty dry at times, when she gets into things that don't at all seem relevant to the story.

The book did manage to keep my attention and there was some interesting stuff in here, but it's all stuff you can easily find by typing his name into google.

There is a lot of debate in this book on whether or not these were hate crimes. I don't believe that they were. There is also a lot of debate on if things with Dahmer would have gone as far as they did had he not been white.
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It appears that the author of this book benefited from her friendship with the local police in investigating and writing this book. I believe at the time she was involved (married or living with) a police officer and as such she sides way too much with the police department in defending their bungling of this case before Dahmer was finally arrested for his crimes. She also sugar coats the rampant racism that was the status quo at the police department before Dahmer's capture. I strongly disagree with her decision to publish the criminal records of Dahmer's victims as it give the appearance of blaming them somehow for their fate. While she did benefit slightly from the access she was allowed in providing details others could not, it can't make up for her lack of skill as a writer. It should be noted that after writing this book she went on to become the official spokesperson for the very same police department. If anyone knows of a really good book on this subject please share the title with me as this book left me quite unsatisfied.
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I would not recommend this book at all. It seems to me that this author used the book to brag that she's married to a cop and has an inside scoop on everything instead of using it to tell us the story of Dahmer. I have read many Dahmer books from different points of view and this one was my least favorite. I guess it's worth a read but be warned, it isn't the greatest Dahmer book there is.
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