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A Father's Story by Lionel Dahmer
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This is one of the most heartbreaking stories I have ever read. Lionel Dahmer was the father of Geoffry Dahmer who murdered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. His voice in this book is a very honest and human one (in stark contrast to the typically sensational tone associated with these kinds of crime stories) - it is the voice of a father trying to make sense of what caused his son's insanity and its horrific repercussions, and of a man who dearly loved his son, in spite of his struggle to process these revelations. From a certain point Lionel knew his son was terribly troubled, but he never could have imagined how bad things really were. He has since come to question almost everything he thought he knew about his child and the history they shared, not to mention his own level of responsibility for how his son's path developed. Incredibly sad but very powerful and sensitively written.


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