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A Father's Story

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A short corridor led to the bathroom and bedroom, and it was cut off from the living room by a sliding door. But even when I thought of him as a man, a prisoner, a murderer, it seemed to me that my son was very far away from me. He contemplates if his son was born with a predilection towards violence or if circumstances in his upbringing may have precipitated it. This was a great opportunity to get into the mind of Dahmer, to understand more of his personality; His psyche.

Overall Thoughts: Reading a memoir or biography without pictures is like having a cookbook without pictures of the recipe. book DOES NOT discuss the actual crime in detail(the whole cannibalism, sexual assault, where how with whom it happened), because press, media, police already did.

But, looking at the world around us, it is important to understand, or even try to understand what lies beneath all this. When they go to school, we worry how they will act in the broader world opening up to them; Are they ready and eager to learn? I wanted to take him back to that early boyhood time, to freeze him there, so that he could never reach beyond the innocence and harmlessness of his childhood, never reach any of the people whose lives he had destroyed . A parent will always want to forgive, smooth over, downplay, minimise, believe that a problem is just a phase, not make a mountain out of a molehill.

I always believed the lie that the theory of evolution is truth, that we all came from the slime and when we died that was it. On July 23, 1991, Milwaukee chemist Lionel Dahmer discovered - along with the rest of the world - that his son Jeffrey was a murderer who, over a period of many years, had carried out some of the most ghastly crimes ever committed in the United States.

It is very hard for most people to understand why would someone relate to such a personality, but we're all different in the end. From dad- He was getting PhD in chemistry so he kept busy with work, due to fighting with Joyce he preferred his lab more.

Great read, more so because I really enjoy reading another persons point of view of the trauma that is realising someone you’ve lived their whole life, is a serial killer. You could tell how much Lionel loved his sonand how heart broken he was when he found out about Jeffrey's secret life. Jonathan Kirsch wrote in his review for the Los Angeles Times: "'A Father's Story' is really more about Lionel Dahmer than his son, a heartfelt effort at self-analysis and self-revelation by a bewildered father forced to accept that his son is a serial murderer: Where did I go wrong? This could have been a searing odyssey of truthfulness and revelation, giving the reader real insight into a father's relationship with one of the most notorious monsters of our time.Between long, rambling barely-coherent attempts to place his son's crimes into the context of his own failings as a person (Not a revelation goes by without an accompanying "Perhaps I had been naive. While reflecting, he "speculates that his own youthful shyness, fascination with bombs and fears of abandonment added up to a monstrous genetic inheritance. To say that this book humanizes Jeffrey Dahmer is incorrect; it does have the effect, and horribly so, of making me, and I might assume almost any reader, consider that as aberrant as this situation is, it is shared culturally in America today, and even personally. She left him her car and he promptly picked up hitchhiker Steve Hicks and murdered him and cut him up. It is both a touching family memoir and a haunting confession - the searing account of a man who never relented in his effort to fathom the deepest quarters of his son's affliction, even as they pointed to his own.

I find it abominable that people can be so hateful to parents of murderers, especially parents like the Dahmer's who, like so many others, do what they believe is a good job raising their children and guiding them to be decent, law-abiding citizens. The police were then summoned, and while Sinthasomphone(the underage victim) labored to recover, they asked him where he'd gotten the drug. He remembers instances of Jeffrey's odd behavior, such as his fascination with roadkill, but admits that he did not find it alarming at the time. It seemed to me that Jeff's behavior during the preceding weeks had been more or less the same as mine had been on those occasions when I'd suddenly found myself thrust into unfamiliar surroundings.There were flashes of attempted sincerity, but overall I felt he wanted me to think him a hero and was manipulating the book even to the point of confessing his own arson and his high-school bombing that had not been discovered so that I would approve of him. A Father's Story is clearly Lionel Dahmer's attempt to understand his son's evolution into one of the world's most renowned serial killers with particular emphasis on his personal role.

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