Jeffrey Dahmer’s Parents and Brother: Who Were They & What Happened to Them

The life of a notorious serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer has been recounted many times over the years and it always leaves people shocked and disgusted. But, that is life and bad thing happen. The real-life events of murders and rapes committed by Jeffrey Dahmer were the foundation for many TV shows over the years with the 10-part miniseries Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story being the latest one. In this article, we will focus more on Jeffrey Dahmer’s family and see whether they had any impact on what Dahmer became. So, Jeffrey Dahmer’s parents and brother, who were they, and what happened to them?

Jeffrey Dahmer’s parents were Lionel and Joyce Dahmer. Jeffrey was their firstborn son and he was born on May 21, 1960. Jeffrey also had a brother David, who was born in December 1966. Lionel Dahmer, the father, is still alive, retired, and lives in Ohio. Jeffrey’s mother Joyce died in 2000 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. David renounced his brother and changed his name so not much is known about his whereabouts today.

Jeffrey’s parents think that they provided a decent childhood for him and that he was not mistreated. They eventually divorced and went their separate ways. However, Dahmer’s mother suffered some mental problems, and his father stated that he was somewhat absent in his son’s formative years. Let’s take a closer look into Dahmer’s parent’s and brothers’ lives.

About Jeffrey Dahmer’s parents

Jeffrey’s father was Lionel and his mother’s name was Joyce. Jeffrey was their firstborn son. Before his brother was born, it is said that his mother suffered from depression and his father was often absent from home. And even when he was home, he was more affectionate toward his wife Joyce than to Jeffrey.

In 1996, Lionel and Joyce had another baby, Jeffrey’s brother David. Allegedly, Jeffrey was jealous of his brother because he felt like he gets all of the attention from his parents. The reason why Lionel was often absent and away in Jeffrey’s young years was that he was a chemistry student trying to get his Ph.D. He, later on, became a chemist and he moved his family to Ohio where he started working.

It was actually Lionel who taught Jeffrey how to bleach and clean the bones in which Jeffrey showed much interest from a young age. At that time, Joyce Dahmer worked as a teletype machine instructor, but it is also said that she suffered from depression and attempted suicide.

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When Jeffrey was 18, his parents got divorced due to Joyce’s affair. This meant not only the end of the marriage between Lionel and Joyce, but also the separation of the two brothers, as Joyce got custody over David, and Jeffrey stayed in their family home because he was already of age at that time. After the divorce, Joyce moved to California with David where she changed several jobs. Eventually, she died in 2000 at the age of 64 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

As for Lionel, after the divorce, he remarried and Jeffrey got a stepmother, Shari Jordan. In 1994 he issued a book called A Father’s Story in which he stated many interesting facts about Jeffrey’s life and how he was absent etc. Lionel is still alive in 2022 and lives in Ohio.

About David, Jeffrey’s brother

David was born in December 1966. When he was born, Jeffrey became jealous of the attention he was starting to get from their parents. He even resented him. When their parents got divorced, David was 12 and he went to live in Wisconsin with Joyce as she got custody of him. Not much is known about David, but when Jefferey was arrested in 1991, he already had a degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and he decided to renounce his brother and change his name. After 2004, there’s no public record of David Dahmer.

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To summarize

Jeffrey’s father was Lionel and his mother’s name was Joyce. Jeffrey also had a brother David, who was born in December 1966. Joyce Dahmer worked as a teletype machine instructor, but it is also said that she suffered from depression and attempted suicide. When Jeffrey was 18, his parents got divorced due to Joyce’s affair. After the divorce, Joyce moved to California with David where she changed several jobs. Eventually, she died in 2000 at the age of 64 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Lionel was often absent and away in Jeffrey’s young years because he was a chemistry student trying to get his Ph.D. He, later on, became a chemist. It was actually him who taught Jeffrey how to bleach and clean the bones in which Jeffrey showed much interest from a young age. After the divorce, he remarried to Shari Jordan. In 1994 he issued a book called A Father’s Story in which she stated many interesting facts about Jeffrey’s life. Lionel is still alive in 2022 and lives in Ohio. Jeffrey’s brother, David, cut all ties with his brother and changed his name so today there is not much known about his whereabouts.

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