"I should have gone to college and gone into real estate and got myself an aquarium. That's what I should have done."

"I think in some way I wanted it to end, even if it meant my own destruction."

Of his first victim: "I, uh, didn't know how else to keep him there other than to get the barbell and hit him, over the head, which I did, and then strangled him with the same barbell."

Excerpt from "I Have Lived in the Monster"
Robert Ressler: So you were aroused at just the physique?
Dahmer: The internal organs.

"I carried it too far, that's for sure."

"That's why I started drilling. 'Cause drugging was not working."

"I made my fantasy life more powerful than my real one."

"The maintaining of the skulls was a way to feel that I had saved at least something of their essence, that I wasn't a total waste in killing them."

"I would cook it, and look at the pictures and masturbate."

"I really screwed up this time."

"My consuming lust was to experience their bodies. I viewed them as objects, as strangers. It is hard for me to believe a human being could have done what I've done."

"I was completely swept along with my own compulsion. I don't know how else to put it. It didn't satisfy me completely, so maybe I was thinking, 'Maybe another one will. Maybe this one will.' And the numbers started growing and growing and just got out of control, as you can see."



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