"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."