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Playlist: Songs About Jeffrey Dahmer

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Every year post-Halloween, I feel myself pulled more to the dark side of music. Like film, music can convey a myriad of emotions, including those of the vile and disgusting sort. Jeffrey Dahmer was one of the most notorious serial killers in American history, and his life and crimes have inspired many songs.

Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 young men between 1978 and 1991, and the gruesomeness of his crimes captivated the nation. This is a man who lured mostly homosexual men of color back to his north central Milwaukee apartment. The apartment, #213, became one of the most inhuman crime scenes ever discovered when Tracy Edwards, Dahmer's intended 18th victim, escaped and waved down police. Dahmer's reign of terror was finally stopped, two months after police bungled a chance to save victim number 13, Konerak Sinthasomphone.

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What was found in apartment 213 included corpses stored in acid-filled plastic vats, severed heads in the refrigerator, and what was to be an alter made from human skulls and candles. Soon it came to light that Dahmer had been practicing necrophilia and cannibalism. He commented after his capture that the biceps of his victims "tasted like beef." He also drilled holes into the heads of victims in and attempt to create his own zombies. Dahmer was as twisted as a human being can become, and as such, the story spread like wildfire.

This playlist contains 10 songs about, or inspired by, Jeffrey Dahmer. Most of the playlist sounds as it should. Disturbing and creepy. It's heavy on industrial gothic and metal, but ends with a few less-eerie tracks. The playlist is closed out by "Dahmer is Dead" by the Violent Femmes, which rejoices in Dahmer's death at the hands of a fellow inmate and a broomstick.

Songs About or Inspired by Jeffrey Dahmer:

4. "Sinthasomphone" – Venetian Snares

on Yahoo! Music JukeboxFrom the album Meathole
Last.fm page / Search for lyricsSongBlogger V1.31


5. "Still Born/Still Life – Part 2" – Christian Death

on Yahoo! Music JukeboxFrom the album The Rage Of Angels

Last.fm page / Search for lyricsSongBlogger V1.31


7. "Apartment 213" – HotrodboB

on Yahoo! Music JukeboxFrom the album No Sir-ee Bob
Last.fm page / Search for lyricsSongBlogger V1.31


8. "Dirty Frank" – Pearl Jam

on Yahoo! Music JukeboxFrom the album Lost Dogs
Last.fm page / Search for lyricsSongBlogger V1.31


9. "Jeffrey Dahmer Eat Your Heart Out" – The Calm Before

on Yahoo! Music JukeboxFrom the album The Password Is EP
Last.fm page / Search for lyricsSongBlogger V1.31


10. "Dahmer Is Dead" – The Violent Femmes

on Yahoo! Music JukeboxFrom the album Viva Wisconsin
Last.fm page / Search for lyricsSongBlogger V1.31

 

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  • http://hewhocutsdown.blogspot.com hewhocutsdown

    You neglected to include the albeit lesser known Suffering & The Hideous Thieves biography of Dahmer, ‘Souvenir’ from their album ‘Rats In Heaven’.

    Intriguing list, however.