Amanda Hamende – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On June 18, 1978 Steven Hicks, age 18, was hitchhiking to a rock concert when he caught the attention of a young man who would eventually kill him.  Little did Hicks know that the man he encountered was an 18-year-old Jeffery Lionel Dahmer, who began his life as a serial killer that night, with Hicks his first victim.

Known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal,” Dahmer was an American serial killer and sex offender who killed 17 men and boys from the years 1978-1991, dismembering all of their bodies.  The new movie, My Friend Dahmer, comes out Nov. 3, and it has a 78% approval rating according to Rotten Tomatoes.

LRHS psychology teacher Dave Frantz stated that these types of movies, “tell us that they (teenagers) are curious and adventurous. There are many studies that show that people who like these kinds of movies have some degree of thrill-seeking personalities, that is that they have a lower level of arousal, and need a more stimulating video experience compared to the average person.”

Frantz added, “As far as brain differences, there’s much evidence that says that people who abuse or hurt others have up to a 20% less amount of tissue in the prefrontal cortex of the frontal lobe – basically removing their capacity for empathy for their victims.”

LRHS sophomore Kara Smith stated, “I really like these kinds of movies because you get to see into the head of a serial killer and I love seeing how they react to certain situations.  I am definitely going to see this movie.”

Dahmer eventually died in prison in 1994 after a fellow inmate killed him.  Smith added, “Every time I hear the name Jeffery Dahmer, I get chills.”

Looking into the mind of a sociopath is very difficult.  LRHS Law Studies teacher Anthony Cummins said that the common link between serial killers is called the, “homicidal triad (Enuresis, fire starting, cruelty to animals). Dahmer was the scariest because of the eating of victims.”

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