The prisoner who murdered the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer has spoken to the New York Post to explain his actions.
Wisconsin-based Dahmer is believed to have assaulted, raped and murdered 17 men and boys between the years of 1978 and 1991. He boasted later of eating some of his dead victims.
In 1992, he was sentenced to multiple terms of life imprisonment. He was sent to Columbia Correctional Institution.
At the same institution was Christopher Scarver, who had also been convicted of murder after shooting his job program supervisor.
Scarver says that he grew to hate Dahmer because he would gleefully remind other prisoners of his serial killings – sometimes fashioning severed limbs from his food and purposefully drizzling tomato ketchup over them. He would leave the food in places where other prisoners could find them.
Scarver says that the details of Dahmer’s killing spree disgusted him.
‘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,’ said Scarver.
Scarver, who was aged 24 at the time he ran into Dahmer, says that he usually kept his distance from the killer as he didn’t want to be on the receiving end of his twisted humor. At the same time, he kept a newspaper clipping about Dahmer in his pocket, which detailed some of his murders.
On 28 November 1994, Scarver found himself assigned to undertake cleaning work with Dahmer and another inmate, Jesse Anderson. The three were set the task of cleaning the prison’s gymnasium bathroom.
Scarver says that whilst he was filling a bucket of water, he felt someone poke him in the back. He turned around and Dahmer and Anderson were laughing to themselves, and it was not clear which one of them had poked him.
Scarver, armed with a 20-inch steel bar from the gym’s weight room that he had hidden in his pants, then followed Dahmer, then aged 34, to a staff locker room, where he confronted him. He pulled out his newspaper clipping and asked Dahmer if the report was true.
‘I asked him if he did those things ’cause I was fiercely disgusted. He was shocked. Yes, he was.
‘He started looking for the door pretty quick. I blocked him.’
Scarver clubbed Dahmer twice, crushing his skull.
‘He ended up dead. I put his head down.’
He then proceeded to locate Anderson, also a convicted murdered, in another part of the gym and swung the bar at his forehead. Anderson, too, suffered massive injuries to his skull.
Both Dahmer and Anderson later died of their injuries – with Dahmer being pronounced dead upon his arrival at hospital.
Scarver has said that he believes that prison guards left him alone with Dahmer knowing that he might attack him, but a subsequent investigation into the killings determined that he acted alone.
Scarver had two additional life sentences added to his prison sentence and how resides at Colorado’s Centennial Correctional Facility.
Scarver has a history of mental health issues and has previously been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He initially pleaded insanity to the murders of Dahmer and Anderson, saying afterwards that God had told him to do it.
He changed his plea to ‘no contest’ in exchange for a prison transfer to a federal penitentiary.