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A Father's Story

A Father's Story

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Jeffrey Dahmer was someone else, the formal public name for a man who was, at least to me, still Jeff, still my son. Eventually, Dahmer learns to cope with the reality of his son's deeds and starts focusing on helping other parents prevent similar tragedies. DOES contain adult theme(cannibalism, pedophilia, alcohol abuse, drug overdose, rape, depression, suicide, anxiety)at least as much as Lionel could describe through his eyes.

As news of Jeffrey's crimes broke, Dahmer describes the disbelief and anguish that he and his family experienced. As I have wanted this book for years, I assumed that once I finally owned a copy, that I would devour it (awful pun intended), in one sitting. All used books might have various degrees of writing, highliting and wear and tear and possibly be an ex-library with the usual stickers and stamps. I wanted to take him back to that early boyhood time, to freeze him there, so that he could never reach beyond the innocence and harmlessness of his childhood, never reach any of the people whose lives he had destroyed . His father sees many similarities between himself and his son: both are emotionally distant, fear abandonment, like to control people and feel inadequate.In these cases the victims’ families wait breathlessly for the verdict – they know the guy will be locked up for life, but they need this one last thing, they need for the murderer to be sane. In this deeply personal account, Lionel reflects on his son's troubled childhood and the shocking crimes he committed. At times I would try to calm her, making the typical suggestions of an analytic mind, recommending that she walk around a bit, or drink a glass of warm milk, but never moving to engage the actual dream, or the roots from which it sprang.

Between long, rambling barely-coherent attempts to place his son's crimes into the context of his own failings as a person (Not a revelation goes by without an accompanying "Perhaps I had been naive. A Father's Story by Lionel Dahmer is a gripping account of a man's struggle to make sense of his son's heinous crimes. The trial of Jeffrey Dahmer was to determine if he was guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity – prison or mental institution? Throughout the book Lionel needs to find a narrative about his son that he can live with, one that he can accept, one that resonates.Jeffery Dahmer developed a drinking problem in high school, but his father seems oblivious to this and many other things. A final chapter, added after Jeffrey's death in prison, simply adds a film of utter loathing to the reading experience, as father somehow contrives to tie in a possible redemption for his son with an incoherent, self-serving diatribe about the righteousness of intelligent design. We are instead given a glimpse into the macabre life of one of the most demented killers in the nation's history, a man who kept a full human skeleton in his closet.



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