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Why Did Christopher Scarver Kill Jeffrey Dahmer?

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

Content warning: This article contains references to murder and sexual assault some may find upsetting. Reader discretion is advised.

With Conversations With a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes on its way to Netflix after the streamer found controversial success with the scripted limited series, DAHMER - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, true crime fans are avidly searching for answers to Jeffrey Dahmer's terrifying actions. The notorious serial killer was convicted of 15 murder charges for murdering 17 Black, Latino, and Asian men from 1978 to 1991, which resulted in him serving 957 years in prison.

Dahmer's time at the Columbia Correctional Facility in Wisconsin led him to his death in 1994 after another inmate, Christopher Scarver, beat him to death. Here are all the details we know about Christopher Scarver and his whereabouts.

Why is Christopher Scarver in prison?

In 1990, Christopher Scarver was sentenced to life in prison after shooting Steven Lohman, a worker at Wisconsin Conservation Corps, three times. Per The Tab, Scarver began hearing voices that deemed him "the chosen one" after he was fired from his job at the company Lohman also worked at. Scarver then demanded money from a site manager and was only given $15, which prompted him to kill Lohman.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

Why did Christopher Scarver kill Jeffrey Dahmer?

While cleaning the prison gym on November 28, 1994, Christopher Scarver killed his fellow inmates, Jesse Anderson and Jeffrey Dahmer while they were unsupervised for 20 minutes, per The Independent. Scarver, played by Furly Mac in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, beat Dahmer to death with a weight bar before also killing Anderson.

According to a 2015 interview with the New York Post, Scarver attacked Dahmer because the cannibalistic serial killer would taunt other inmates by "fashion[ing] severed limbs out of prison food" and drizzle on ketchup as blood.

"He would put them in places where people would be," Scarver, who was 45 at the time, told the outlet. "He crossed the line with some people – prisoners, prison staff. Some people who are in prison are repentant – but he was not one of them."

Is Christopher Scarver still alive?

Christopher is still alive and imprisoned at the Centennial Correctional Facility in Colorado after he was given two additional life sentences for killing Dahmer. In 2015, he began writing and publishing poetry books while he was still in jail.

Per PopBuzz, he also has a 27-year-old son who was born before he was imprisoned. The outlet claims that Scarver and his son were once estranged, but currently maintain a relationship by writing each other letters.

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