This Day In History: Dahmer Arrested, Dillinger Killed

By  //  July 22, 2015

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Two of Most Infamous Criminals' Sprees End


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1934: Bank robber John Dillinger shot

John Dillinger, also known as America’s “Public Enemy No. 1” after he robbed banks during the era of the Great Depression, killed in a hail of bullets fired by federal agents outside Chicago’s Biograph Theatre. During his world-famous crime spree Dillinger robbed 11 banks for more than $300,000 and killed seven police officers and three federal agents.

1991: Cannibal Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer Arrested

Milwaukee, Wisc. police officers speak with Tracy Edwards, man they witnessed running down the street in handcuffs. Edwards informed the officers of Dahmer’s attempted murder, led officesr to one of the grisliest scenes in modern history – the apartment of Jeffrey Dahmer.

During the initial stages of he investigation, Dahmer attempted to persuade detectives that the situation was a lover’s quarrel, but photos of dismembered bodies led to  Dahmer’s arrest.

Upon further investigation of Dahmer’s residence, police uncovered a wide variety of human remains. The gruesome discoveries shocked the entire nation.  Multiple human heads were found in Dahmer’s refrigerator and freezer; two skulls were found top of his computer; and a 57-gallon drum containing several bodies decomposing in chemicals was found in a corner of Dahmer’s bedroom. There was also evidence to suggest that Dahmer had been eating some of his victims.

According to police reports, neighbors told both detectives that they had noticed an awful smell emanating from the apartment but that Dahmer had explained it away as expired meat. However, the most shocking revelation about how Dahmer had managed to conceal his awful crimes in the middle of a city apartment building would come a few days later.