Are Jeffery Dahmers Parents Still Alive: Details About His Father Lionel, Mother Joyce and Brother David

The father and brother of American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer are apparently still alive in 2022. Their names are Lionel and David Dahmer. In his memoir A Father’s Story, Lionel spoke extensively about his upbringing as a serial killer, but David remains shrouded in mystery.

The Netflix series DAHMER — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, created by Ryan Murphy, has piqued the interest of many viewers in Lionel and David. Find out where the father and brother of the Milwaukee Cannibal are in 2022, as well as what happened to them after their son’s 1992 trial and 1994 death in jail.


Lionel Dahmer had to Fight for the Body of his Son

Jeffrey Dahmer was given several life sentences in 1992 for the 17 murders he committed between 1978 and 1991. Christopher Scarver, a fellow inmate, later beat him to death in November 1994.

Jeffrey’s cremation took place in 1995. His parents got a divorce in July 1978, and they had different opinions about what to do with his brain. Joyce Flint, Jeffrey’s mother, wanted to give his brain to researchers. She was also interested in having it investigated to determine whether or not his actions had a physiological basis. Meanwhile, his dad insisted that Jeffrey’s brain be incinerated alongside the rest of his body.

To quote Flint to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Jeff always said that, if he could be of any help, he wanted to do whatever he could.”  While Lionel was eager to forget Jeffrey’s troubled history, Jeffrey was eager to revisit it. A judge eventually issued an order to have the brain burned (via The Los Angeles Times).

are jeffery dahmers parents still alive
are jeffery dahmers parents still alive

In 2022, Jeffrey Dahmer’s Father is said to be Residing in Ohio

Lionel has appeared in multiple films on the serial killer since his son’s death. From the 2000 biography Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks until the 2020 Dateline NBC special, Lionel was upfront about his relationship with Jeffrey.

Lionel has been living in seclusion ever since. Online resources suggest that Lionel and his wife Shari Dahmer live in Seville, Ohio. Flint, Jeffrey’s biological mother, passed away from breast cancer in 2000.

David Dahmer, Jeffrey Dahmer’s Brother, is still Alive

Likewise, many are curious about David, Jeffrey’s younger brother. David Dahmer, who was born in December 1966, adopted a new identity when his brother Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested for murder in 1991. Therefore, very little information on Jeffrey Dahmer’s brother is available to the general world.

There is currently no record accessible to reveal David’s new name. But we do know that in 1994 he earned a degree from the University of Cincinnati. And in an interview with Larry King in 2004, Shari, the biological mother of David and Jeffrey, spilled the beans on a few personal details.

“We’ve promised to keep him completely secret with respect,” Lionel said. Shari gave a bit more details about David, revealing he had a career and family. “We’re expecting a second grandchild,” Shari admitted. “Everything is going well.”

There is no mention of David’s passing in the press or elsewhere at this time. So, in the year 2022, Jeffrey Dahmer’s brother will be 56 years old.

Richard Jenkins plays Lionel Dahmer in Murphy’s new series DAHMER — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. There are a total of ten episodes of the limited series that can be viewed on Netflix.

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