Police discover 72 Poloroid photos taken by Jeffrey Dahmer displaying several of his victims after raiding his Milwaukee apartment on July 22, 1991. The photos contain the severed and dismembered bodies taken in various poses and stages of death.
On July 22, 1991, police officers Rolf Mueller and Robert Rauth spot a young black male running frantically by the corner of Kilbourn Avenue and North 25th street at approximately 11:30pm.
The man, soon identified as Tracy Edwards, a 32-year-old black man from Tupelo Mississippi, had handcuffs dangling from his left wrist. Edwards told the cops that he had to "use karate" to fend off the "freak" that had tried to kill him.
The freak was Jeffrey Dahmer, and Tracy Edwards nearly became his 18th victim.
Jeffrey Dahmer's Apartment
In a controversial decision, the two police officers that spotted Tracy Edwards took the victim back to Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment to retrieve the handcuff key. They're handcuff key did not fit.
The two cops confronted the 31-year-old Dahmer at his apartment at 924 North 25th Street, Number 213.
From Brian Masters's book, The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer, The living room was small but pleasantly furnished, with a large comfortable arm-chair, a healthy pot-plant on a tall pedestal, an oriental rug, blue curtains at the window, some fine pictures on the wall, and one framed picture of a naked male model. There was nothing seedy or squalid about the room; rather did it appear surprisingly neat and tidy for the neighbourhood.
The 31-year-old bachelor was religious, or at least curious, because of the many audio tapes found lying around the room such as the King James Version, Numerology, the Devine Triangle, a book about learning Latin, and a tape on the Genesis Flood.
There were also homosexual porn VHS tapes laying about containing Cocktales, Chippendale's Tall Dark and Handsome, Rock Hard, Hard Men 2, Hard Men 3, Peep Show, and Tropical Heat Wave.
Jeffrey Dahmer's 72 polaroids
Dahmer told the officers that the handcuff key was in his bedroom, which gave one officer a bad feeling, so he followed behind. Under the killer's bed laid a blood-stained knife, the chest drawer open contained photos of naked men.
Looking through the polaroids, police were shocked to see photos of severed heads, dismembered limbs, and decomposing torsos.
Jeffrey Dahmer told the police, "It’s just a nightmare, let’s put it that way,’ he said. ‘It’s been a nightmare for a long time, even before I was caught . . . for years now, obviously my mind has been filled with gruesome, horrible thoughts and ideas . . . a nightmare.’"