DNA Used To Identify Jeffery Dahmer’s Victims Parts

DNA Used To Identify Jeffery Dahmer's Victims Parts

Jeffery Dahmer was known nationally as the sickest of all serial killers in the world. His victim’s bodies were mutilated and de-skinned with chemicals

Forensic investigators used DNA and other forensic methods to identify the body parts that were found in his Milwaukee apartment. Although Dahmer killed more than fifteen male subjects, he was only charged with fifteen counts. The body parts left for DNA profiling were skulls and penises. Vats

with chemicals and body parts were also analyzed.


Forensic tests on the body parts were analyzed and compared to missing persons. The DNA matches allowed investigators to match the names of the missing persons to the body parts. Some body parts were in the freezer, refrigerator and in closets. Without the technology of DNA, these bodies would never have been identified. Because the forensic investigators were able to match the DNA, the young men could be given a name and a burial. This also allowed families to file a civil suit against Dahmer for the lost of a loved one.


Missing persons databases that include DNA can help identify kidnapped children. If a child goes missing, a sample from a hairbrush or toothbrush can be used to collect DNA. If the child is ever believed to be found, a DNA test will confirm if the child is that particular child. What is sad is that this particular technology was not available many years ago. If it was, more unidentified bodies may have been identified before being buried nameless.


Forensic DNA as it is known today can solve many cases and prove the innocence of a person. DNA samples collected at crime scene can be stored in a database called CODIS so that if a sample ever matches, that person can be questioned in regards to another crime. Not only will DNA help identify a person, it will help identify a criminal that did the crime. This is the new technology of today and it will help close many cases that remain open for lack of technology.


When a DNA sample is collected, it is analyzed and stored. In the cases of proving relationship, DNA can prove or disprove if someone is related to another family member. If one family member of a suspect was the criminal, but investigators suspected the other family member, the DNA testing would prove that the one that was sought was the wrong one, but it would show that the real criminal is related to the wrong suspect.


There is so much new forensic science available today, that it would be hard to cover up a crime. In most cold cases that have been reopened, a suspect has been found and convicted of an old crime. Some crimes at years old. They sit open in case files until something catches someone’s attention. It may be DNA, signature or even the crime itself. Because of technology, more crimes are being closed instead of remaining open. This is good news for families and communities that are waiting for justice to be served.