By Debbie Emery – Radar Reporter
House hunters with a macabre fascination for the dark side can now own the childhood home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, and RadarOnline.com has photos inside the Akron, Ohio house where he grew up.
Located on Bath Road in a wooded area of the suburban Midwest town, the 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom single family home was recently listed on the market for $329,000, reported Trulia.com.
Built in 1952, it is enthusiastically described by realtors as an “amazing 50’s Ranch! Lush and beautiful flowers and trees decorate the landscape, which you can view from the oversized windows in the formal living room. Inside you will find plenty of space to create your own personal feel! Granite counters in the kitchen. Wood burning fireplaces!”
Ironically, no mention is made of the home’s more infamous past resident, Dahmer, who was found guilty of killing 15 men in a 13-year horrific spree (that involved torture and cannibalism) in Milwaukee that spanned from 1978 to 1991. He was sentenced to 957 years in prison, but was beaten to death by a fellow prisoner in 1994.
Not only did the twisted killer grow up in the cozy home, he also committed his first murder there, according to an NPR article written in 2009 by the current owner, Chris Butler.
“Dahmer did commit his first murder here — a hitchhiker named Steven Hicks whom he lured back to the house with promises of drugs and alcohol, and then clubbed with a barbell after Hicks said he wanted to leave. Dahmer later dismembered Hicks’ corpse in the house’s crawlspace,” wrote Butler, who wasn’t fazed by the house’s sinister history.
“The truth is, the vibe here is fantastic. The house didn’t kill anybody and I didn’t see any ghosts. I’m not superstitious or a believer in the paranormal, but after months of people freaking out about where I was living, I did begin to wonder if there might be some leftover bad business in the place.”