Jeffrey Dahmer’s Last Intended Victim Tracy Edwards Was Once Charged With Homicide

[SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers ahead regarding DAHMER — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.]

Jeffrey Dahmer killed 17 people from 1978 until 1991 until in a shocking true crime twist, his last victim, Tracy Edwards, escaped. After Edwards broke free from Dahmer’s apartment, he found the police and had the serial killer arrested. Ironically, 20 years later, Edwards was under arrest himself. Find out why. 

Just when it seems like Tracy will become another one of Dahmer’s victims, he attacks Jeff as The Exorcist III plays in the background. Tracy narrowly escapes the apartment and runs through the streets screaming for help with handcuffs dangling from his wrists. Eventually, he finds the police and takes them to Jeff’s apartment, where they find polaroids and various body parts of Dahmer’s previous victims. 

Survivor of Jeffrey Dahmer and other victims are the focus of Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series

Unlike previous documentaries, movies, and TV shows about Dahmer, Murphy’s Netflix series puts the focus on his victims. This includes Edwards and Dahmer’s former neighbor Glenda Cleveland, as well as: 

“It’s like Humpty Dumpty,” Edwards’ defense attorney Paul Ksicinski said at the time. “It’s like he was never able to put the pieces back together again [after Dahmer].” After becoming the hero who helped put Dahmer behind bars, Edwards had a few run-ins with the police for drug possession, theft, property damage, failure to pay child support, and bail jumping. In 2012, Edwards was sentenced to one and a half years in prison and two years of extended supervision after pleading guilty to aiding a felon (via National Post). — Ryan Murphy Productions (@ryanmurphyprod) September 20, 2022

“Yes, it is a story about Dahmer, but it’s also a story about the victims,” Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change and a consultant on the series, told Netflix Queue. “It is a story not just about the victims who were murdered, but about the community, about the chilling impact of not just what Jeffrey Dahmer was able to do in all the harm, but all the ways in which the police, the larger leadership in Milwaukee, the media and so many others in society were complicit.”

  • Stephen Hicks
  • Steven Tuomi
  • James “Jamie” Doxtator
  • Richard Guerrero
  • Anthony Sears
  • Eddie Smith
  • Ricky Beeks 
  • Ernest Miller
  • David Thomas
  • Curtis Straughter
  • Errol Lindsey
  • Tony Hughes
  • Konerak Sinthasomphone
  • Matt Turner
  • Jeremiah Weinberger
  • Oliver Lacy
  • Joseph Bradehoft