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The Milwaukee Murders: Nightmare In Apartment 213: The Twisted True Story Of The "Real Life Hannibal Lecter"

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,030 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
They smelled the foul odors. They heard the power saw buzzing in the dead of night but neighbors never imagined the horrors happening right next door.The hot sultry night of July 22, 1991 was one the tenants of the Oxford Apartments would never forget. A panic stricken young man--a pair of handcuffs still dangling from his wrists--ran out of Apartment 213 and told police a ...more
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Brenna
May 03, 2009 Brenna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The original title, The Milwaukee Murders, fit this book better than the more generic, more ubiquitous The Jeffrey Dahmer Story: An American Nightmare. This is because writer Don Davis goes into great unnecessarily graphic detail about the geography of Wisconsin. The reader is, in fact, given an impromptu history lesson regarding the German origins of Milwaukee, placing emphasis on the beer-based economy thereof.

While it can be said that Jeffrey Dahmer was an alcoholic, having been discharged fr
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Kendra
Aug 20, 2014 Kendra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
This book was horrible (in my opinion of course). It had a multitude of grammar errors and typos. It also left out a ton of details about the case. Some of the murders were summed up in a paragraph or two that basically said "he did this just like he did the other ones." He uses very unscientific and sometimes plain-out biased language. He keeps calling the mixture that Dahmer gives to his victims a "sleeping potion" and never says what is in the concoction. He talks about rock and metal music a ...more
Rebecca McNutt
This book was pretty disturbing, but it was detailed, accurate and gripping at the same time and a very suspenseful true crime novel.
Matt
If you're looking for something that contains the straight facts with the occasional pointless history lesson on areas in which Dahmer lived, then this book is for you. Quite frankly, for something that claims to be a "New York Times Bestseller" it leaves a lot to be desired.

It was interesting in the way a news report about the subject matter would be, but there was no real insight. No hypothesis or attempts to understand the case by Davis.

To me it seemed to be nothing more than a collection of
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Brandon Wayne
May 21, 2014 Brandon Wayne is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I left the star "rating" blank, because I still have hopes that this book will improve. I am a little more than halfway through reading it and I am yet to be impressed. Don Davis writing is that of a pretentious high school jack ass. One of the things I love most about true crime books is that they read like fiction. One can get lost in the content of a true crime book, and once the realization of its 'based on a true story' stance comes back to the mind, it becomes more terrifying. However, Don ...more
Taylor Schmac
This book approaches a topic in which can only be successfully carried out with a lot of research. It is quite apparent that the author did his research in order to write this book, but one of the many things it lacks is detail. Each topic that is brought up is briefly viewed except for Dahmer's childhood, which is not the main focus of the book. Another thing I disliked about the book is a lack of organization. It jumps from his childhood to Dahmer's first victim and then to his high school lif ...more
♥ Marlene♥
on Sunday, November 13, 2005 I wrote about this book:

I did read just a bit. I had to stop cause when I read about the 14 year old boy Konerak, who ran away with Dahmer following him, and the police believing Dahmer'who said the boy was a gay drunk, the boy still had a pair of handcuff's on his wrist!!! and bringing the boy back to Dahmers apartment where he was slaughtered....
No this was to emotional for me.

on Saturday, September 22, 2007 I wrote further:


Well I did manage to read it. Very sad st
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molly
Nov 03, 2010 molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In general the book was pretty good. I just did not understand why the author kept getting into the history of all the places where Dahmer lived from childhood on up? I don't know if he was trying to fill pages up (?) or perhaps thought Dahmer's residence and enviroment influenced his lifestyle, but it would have been more interesting if he would have deducted all the tire companies, breweries, what happened way back when in Wisconsin or Ohio, etc. and filled those pages with interviews/quotes f ...more
Angela
I went through a literary phase when I was younger of reading true-life crime stories and biographies on mass murderers. I'm not quite sure why I went through this phase save for curiosity on how people could inflict such pain and damage on their fellow man.

This was a harrowing account on the crimes committed by Jeffrey Dahmer. Not easy reading and certainly not for the faint of heart.
Rachel
Apr 18, 2016 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well I haven't had a book rated less than 3 stars all year so I guess I was due for a stinker.

I started a book club last month for fans of the new podcast My Favorite Murder. If you're a fan of true crime, I highly recommend it. This book was the first selection and it was not good. It reminded me of a few papers I wrote in college (thankfully just a few) where I procrastinated like hell and when I finally sat down to write, I realized I did not have enough information gathered and I had zero ti
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Petra Ramšak
Apr 27, 2016 Petra Ramšak rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, owned
If you're just looking for a not so well written true crime book, sure, go for this one. But if you're genuinely interested in Jeffrey Dahmer and his story, either for personal interest or a school paper, do NOT use this book as a source of your knowledge. I would say I have quite an extensive knowledge in the Dahmer case and a lot of the information in this book is false or just overly dramatised (for example the information how Jeffrey killed his second victim was not true). I feel like the au ...more
Alison
Jul 23, 2008 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 7/8
He was one sick person and I think he got what he deserved when that black man killed him in jail.
Annie
Feb 15, 2015 Annie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was mostly filler based on lazy research. I've handed in many a last minute paper in college that was filled with quotes and pedestrian research and perhaps this is why I was able to see through it! There is no information in this book that one could not have gathered by watching news coverage of these crimes, except maybe the pages long histories of several midwest towns that took place generations before Jeffery Dahmer was born.

My issue with all of the filler is this:
This guy is one
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Aliza
Feb 16, 2016 Aliza rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the writer's snarky asides, but I felt there was not enough insight into Jeffrey Dahmer himself and some padding out later in the book to compensate - like, I did not really need full transcript of the interview with a random psychiatrist or the astrological reading. Although the ending was a bit rushed, I liked the condensed trial. The eeriest part of the whole affair, which I thought was well-covered, was the tragedy of how many people (neighbors, judges, police officers) had enough in ...more
Chris
The story of Jeffrey Dahmer is about another one of America’s most famous serial killers. It is interesting to note though that his fame did not come from killing all those people, as there are some serial killers who killed a lot more, e.g. John Wayne Gacy, but instead was known for exposing the racial tensions that were already building within a city that was majority minorities. His fame came about from exposing how police officers overlooked many important situations on the basis that he was ...more
Chris
The story of Jeffrey Dahmer is about another one of America’s most famous serial killers. It is interesting to note though that his fame did not come from killing all those people, as there are some serial killers who killed a lot more, e.g. John Wayne Gacy, but instead was known for exposing the racial tensions that were already building within a city that was majority minorities. His fame came about from exposing how police officers overlooked many important situations on the basis that he was ...more
Dreadlocksmile
Apr 18, 2009 Dreadlocksmile rated it really liked it
It's difficult to say that you enjoy a book when you're reffering to a biography about a serial killer, but I do believe that I enjoyed reading this one. Don Davis is one of those writers that really puts his mind into the way he expresses the information. I love finding out about the people behind murders and looking at their motives, upbringing, lifestyles, friends and family. Jeffrey Dahmer was one of those truly inhuman humans that brings out a morbid interest in most of us. In this book of ...more
Gabrielle
Aside from "My Friend Dahmer", this is the only book easily accessible on Jeffrey Dahmer (or at least that I could find). You can tell by its style it that it was written in the early 90s; the inclusion of the astrology reading of Dahmer's birthdate feels like one more thing added to increase the page numbers, as well as the psychiatrist Q&A (over a chicken salad sandwich lunch) where there is no real analysis of Dahmer as a case study, only generalizations made about what was brought forth ...more
Christine
Aug 16, 2014 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was terribly written, not to mention drawn out with pointless background information. He also left out a victim. The murders aren't explained in detail, and he simply reiterates them one after another. This was obviously a rush job, or he just didn't care to research more on Dahmer's psyche. The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer by Brian Masters is a better read.. or just go watch a documentary.
Petra Ramsak
If you're just looking for a not so well written true crime book, sure, go for this one. But if you're genuinely interested in Jeffrey Dahmer and his story, either for personal interest or a school paper, do NOT use this book as a source of your knowledge. I would say I have quite an extensive knowledge in the Dahmer case and a lot of the information in this book is false or just overly dramatised (for example the information how Jeffrey killed his second victim was not true). I feel like the au ...more
Analese
May 23, 2015 Analese rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Clearly rushed, this book is a mess of poorly organized details and weird references to things like astrology. While having many details, the author clearly couldn't decide if the focus was about Dahmer and psychology, racial society in the early 1990s Wisconsin, the gruesome murders, or the legal battles surrounding the murders.
Carrie Mammay
Not very well written. And jumped around a lot. Would have liked some organization of thoughts and chronology. Also very random history lessons of city's where Jeffery Dahmer was or has been was kind of weird. Seems like book was written in a night. Very rushed
Beka
Mar 31, 2014 Beka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. The author didn't get the details that I wanted and some were incorrect. He had a tendency to slip into the history of beer and the towns Dahmer occupied. Interesting story because of the actual case, however the author left much to be desired.
Kimberly Hicks
Jun 05, 2012 Kimberly Hicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kimberly by: Goodreads
Shelves: read-on-kindle
Jeffrey Dahmer certainly was a serial killer that will forever be etched in America's history--not the sort of notariety one might seek, but so goes it for the tragic life of Dahmer.

I have always been intrigued as to what made this man do the heinous acts in which he committed upon seventeen unsuspecting victims. Most of what is reported in this book was just a small fraction of what most of us heard or read about in the news, at the time Dahmer was arrested. In fact, I learned a great detail of
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LaDene Mayville
Not very well written at all. The author oftentimes leaves the reader hanging with some of the victims' stories/cases. It was quite frustrating. I would like to read another J. Dahmer book that is better written than this one.
Heke
Jul 02, 2015 Heke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is poorly written and does little to convey the depth or complexity of Dahmer's horrible acts, doesn't provide a clear picture of his personality, and has extremely poor pacing and style.
Heather
May 05, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know much about the Dahmer case before this book, other than the barest basics. This book helped fill the case history out for me. I suggest this read for anyone into horror and/or true crime stories.
Nicole (Diary of a Bibliophile)
I'm quite annoyed with this book. If you want a history lesson on Milwaukee, definitely read this. Way too much unnecessary info. Not enough of the info I was interested in. It jumps around. Not worth reading.
April
I read this book about 20 years ago. Thinking of this nightmare still gives me chills and makes me sick to my stomach.
Sarah Giffen
Seemed a little jumbled at times... and random history lessons. Not sure how that was relevant. Not the best, but I guess it's a good start.
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