私は世界最大のダーマーコレクションを持っています – そしてこれは私の最も身も凍るようなアイテムです

A TRUE crime fan who has gathered the most Jeffrey Dahmer items in the world has revealed the most chilling piece of memorabilia in his collection.

Taylor James, from Vancouver, カナダ, 設定 Cult Collectibles, an online collection of cult and トゥルークライム memorabilia, at the start of the Covid pandemic.

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A signed Bible owned by Jeffrey Dahmer in prison

A signed Bible owned by Jeffrey Dahmer in prison
A letter sent to Dahmer is among the items Taylor James has collected

A letter sent to Dahmer is among the items Taylor James has collected
Taylor James even has Dahmer's glasses he wore in prison

Taylor James even has Dahmer’s glasses he wore in prison

彼が言った サンオンライン how he got started, and how material related to Jeffrey Dahmer was by far the most difficult to get hold of.

His collection includes letters, ドキュメント, cutlery, 本, his prison bible and even his GLASSES.

And he said the most disturbing item in his collection is a dossier of letters the killer got from an obsessed fan.

The fan – 女性 – would write him multiple letters every day, convinced she had apersonal connectionto the cannibal killer.

Dahmer is one of the most notorious serial killers アメリカ合衆国で, but there isn’t much material out there related to him,” 彼は言った.

When it comes to collecting items, John Wayne Gacy painted hundreds of artworks in 刑務所, and Richard Ramirez wrote thousands of letters from behind bars.

But Dahmer was only in jail for two years before he was murdered.

しかしながら, during his short time behind bars, Dahmer was inundated with letters, many of which James has seen and studied.

Dahmer received so many letters that he didn’t have time to respond to most of them,” 彼は言った.

His family had to take many of them home because he was only allowed so many letters in his cell.

A third of the letters, James says, were from people who were trying tounderstand” 彼の 犯罪 and wanted to learn more about why he did what he did.

Roughly another third were from religious people. Dahmer became a born-again Christian behind bars and a signed Bible he kept in his cell is one of the items for sale on James’s website.

But the final third of the letters, James says, came fromfanaticswho were in love with the twisted cannibal killer.

People would write love letters to Dahmer, 言って, ‘you’re misunderstood’, ‘I love you’, ‘I wish I could be with you’.

Although a large portion of the love letters Dahmer received were from gay men, James says the majority were from straight women who were convinced he would fall for them.

People would write love letters to Dahmer, 言って, ‘you’re misunderstood’, ‘I love you’, ‘I wish I could be with you

Taylor JamesFounder, Cult Collectibles

They believed that he would become straight to be with them, or that he wasn’t really gay and hadn’t met the ‘right’ 女性, there was a lot of delusion,” 彼は言った.

These women wrote a narrative of what they thought he was in their heads.

The most shocking letters in James’s collection came from one woman who appeared to have sent dozens of messages to Dahmer without ever receiving a reply.

時々, she even sent multiple letters in the space of one day.

She would say something like ‘Hey, I wrote you a letter five hours ago, I’m writing another one for you now. I know I upset you. 申し訳ありません, please forgive me. You’re so important to me,'” ジェームズは言った.

The woman felt she had a personal connection with Dahmer.

As well as letters, James says Dahmer also received prison coupons and cash behind bars, いつもの $10, $15 または $20 at a time.

Dahmer became a born-again Christian in prison

Dahmer became a born-again Christian in prison
A payslip from Dahmer's job at the Ambrosia chocolate factory

A payslip from Dahmer’s job at the Ambrosia chocolate factory
A family photo of Dahmer with his father and younger brother

A family photo of Dahmer with his father and younger brother
One of the many letters Dahmer received in prison from admirers

One of the many letters Dahmer received in prison from admirers
Dahmer's signature

Dahmer’s signature

One devotee even bought him a typewriter, on which the killer then went on to write all of his future letters.

Others sent him photographs of themselves and even, eerily, 彼らの家族.

People would send the photos and say, ‘this is what I look like, get in touch if you want to talk,’ almost like a dating profile,” ジェームズは言った.

One man visited Milwaukee where Dahmer was from and sent him a load of polaroids of the city, along with a letter asking him if he recognised any of the sites.

James also has a large number of prison non-delivery notices handed to Dahmer, indicating that some of the letters he received were deemed by jail guards too explicit or inappropriate for the serial killer to receive.

Many of Dahmer’s letters have been put together in a book by James calledDear DahmerLetters to the Milwaukee Cannibal”.

He also has a number of items from Dahmer’s pre-prison days, such as family photographs, a high school project, and artworks he made at elementary school.

From his collection, James says, a picture emerges of Dahmer as a psychopath who was coldly and dispassionately open about what he had done.

He is one of the most straightforward serial killers,” 彼は言った. “As soon as he was caught, he confessed to everything, he was transparent from the start. He had no issue talking about what he had done.

While other serial killers such as Gacy and Ted Bundy denied their crimes until their dying days, James says, Dahmer admitted everything he had done.

But although he was open, this didn’t mean he showed any remorse for what he had done.

Dahmer was remorseful in the sense that he said his crimes were beyond his control,” 彼は言った.

He didn’t enjoy killing people, but he saw it as a means to an end.

James understands why many critics may find what he does exploitative, or even accuse him of profiting from human suffering.

I get people feeling that way, and I have no issue with people not liking what I do,” 彼は言った. “I would never argue with someone who was personally affected by these killersactions.

しかしながら, 彼は付け加えます, “Netflix just made the Dahmer series, and the people who were involved in that will make more money than I ever will.

These are historical artefacts. If it’s not for you it’s not for you. I understand that this is a controversial target, but I think I’m an easier target for critics than a massive company like Netflix.