Jeffrey Dahmer’s lawyer, Wendy Patrickus, tried to prevent his death in prison


Wendy Patrickus was Dahmer’s attorney and the person who retrieved the overheard tapes from Netflix Conversations with a Killer: The Tapes of Jeffrey Dahmer. Prior to his death in November 1994, Patrickus attempted to change Dahmer’s mind about a decision that ultimately got him killed. Find out how.

[SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers ahead regarding Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes.]

Wendy Patrickus and Jeffrey Dahmer in court as seen in ‘Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes’ | netflix

Jeffrey Dahmer ‘wanted death for himself’

“It was never about trying to get free,” began Dahmer’s closing statement at the end of his trial. “Frankly, I want death for myself.” He continued:

“I didn’t hate anyone. I knew I was sick or evil or both. Now I think I was sick. I take all the blame for what I did. I hurt a lot of people. I hurt my mother, my father and my mother-in-law. I love them all so much. I hope they find the same peace that I seek.

Jeffrey Dahmer, ‘Conversations with a Killer’

Dahmer was sentenced to 15 consecutive sentences of life imprisonment in a state with no death penalty. He went to the Columbia Correctional Facility in Wisconsin, where he hoped he could do something with the plants.

Upon arrival, Dahmer went on suicide watch in a single cell instead of the general population enclosure. Having to be alone bothered Dahmer, and he eventually asked to change his situation.

Jeffrey Dahmer’s lawyer tried to prevent his move to gen pop

After a year of isolation, Dahmer consulted Patrickus about a change. “I can’t do this anymore,” he told his legal adviser. “I can’t just sit in isolation. If I can’t interact with other people, it will be worse than if I died. Then, Dahmer asked to be placed in the general population, which Patrickus was completely opposed to.

“Jeff, do you know you’re going to die soon?” Patrickus warned Dahmer of his decision. “Everyone had such strong opinions and opinions about their actions,” she told the Netflix docuseries cameras. “We don’t need any more casualties.”

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As recorded on their interview tapes, Dahmer told Patrickus, “I’ve always been someone who needs stimulation, mental stimulation. I just don’t have the patience I should.

Patrickus struggled to leave prison that day. “Please don’t do this,” she recalled telling Dahmer. “You won’t make it.”

Jeffrey Dahmer died the same way he killed his first victim Steven Hicks

Dahmer was murdered by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver on November 28, 1994. Scarver used a barbell from the exercise room to beat Dahmer to death. According to authorities, Dahmer did not resist the attack.

There’s a lot of irony in the way Dahmer died. He killed his first victim, Steven Hicks, in June 1978 by strangling the 18-year-old with a barbell. Dahmer then dismembered the body and hid it in a drainpipe.

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Contrary to popular belief, Dahmer’s death was not an inside job or conspiracy within the prison. Even still, some believe Dahmer’s death was a set-up due to the lack of patrol on him the day he died.

Jeffrey Dahmer’s parents’ response to his death

In an interview, Dahmer’s father, Lionel, spoke about his son’s death. He first heard the news from his wife and was devastated to learn that his son had “passed away”. Dahmer’s mother, Joyce, said in another interview, “Although he was a killer, he couldn’t defend himself.”

Like the Dahmer family, Patrickus was devastated by Dahmer’s death. As she said in Conversations with a Killer“You can’t help but become close to someone you spend so much time with.”

Wendy Patrickus is still a lawyer today.

According to her LinkedIn page, Patrickus has been practicing law since 1988. Today, she owns and operates her own firm, The Law Offices of Wendy A. Patrickus.

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