Meet Christopher Scarver — The Man Who Killed Cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer

Published March 15, 2018
Updated November 29, 2018

Christopher Scarver couldn't handle the atrocious crimes notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer had committed. So he did something about it.

Christopher Scarver And Jeffrey Dahmer

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On November 28, 1994, Christopher Scarver, an inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin, was assigned to clean the prison’s gymnasium along with two other inmates. One inmate was named Jesse Anderson. The other inmate was Jeffrey Dahmer.

Christopher Scarver was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After he dropped out of high school and his mother kicked him out of the house, Scarver secured a position through the Youth Conservation Corps program as a trainee carpenter.

A supervisor of the program allegedly told Scarver once he completed the program, he would become a full-time employee. But that never happened.

On the first day of June in 1990, a disgruntled Scarver went to the office of the training program. Steve Lohman, a former boss, was working there. Scarver said that the program owed him money and demanded Lohman give it to him. When Lohman only gave him 15 dollars, Scarver shot him in the head, killing him instantly.

Scarver was arrested a few hours later, sitting on the stoop of his girlfriend’s apartment building.

During Scarver’s trial, a police officer testified that Scarver had told the arresting officers he planned to turn himself in because he knew what he did was wrong. In 1992, Christopher Scarver was convicted and given a life sentence behind bars.

That same year, the “Milwaukee Cannibal” Jeffrey Dahmer was given 16 life sentences for the murder, rape, and dismemberment of 17 men and boys.

Before that day in November of 1994, Christopher Scarver only watched Dahmer from afar in the prison.

Scarver claimed that Dahmer would use prison food and ketchup to replicate bloody severed limbs as a means of taunting the other inmates. Scarver also said that he witnessed a few heated interactions between Dahmer and other prisoners.

The day Dahmer was killed was the first time he wasn’t accompanied by a guard.

While they were working, Christopher Scarver took a 20-inch metal bar off a piece of exercise equipment. Then, he cornered Dahmer by a locker room and pulled out a newspaper clipping that he had been keeping in his pocket and confronted the notorious cannibal with it. The article was a detailed account of the heinous crimes Dahmer had committed.

“I asked him if he did those things ’cause I was fiercely disgusted,” said Scarver.

With no guards around, 25-year old Christopher Scarver struck Dahmer over the head twice with the metal bar. He also struck Dahmer against the wall, who was found still alive with extreme head and facial injuries. He was taken to the hospital, where he was then pronounced dead.

“Some people who are in prison are repentant,” Scarver said, “but he was not one of them.”

For the death of Jeffrey Dahmer, Christopher Scarver received two additional life sentences. He was transferred to several different prisons after the attack and is now in the Centennial Correctional Facility in Canon City, Colorado.

CNN interviews Christopher Scarver’s son in 2014.

He claimed guards left him alone on purpose because they wanted to see Dahmer dead and they knew Scarver didn’t like him.

Though the crime was intentional, Scarver had complained of delusional thoughts he was having in prison. Prison doctors have conducted over 10 evaluations regarding Scarver’s mental state.

Scarver has his own theory, which involves the prison food. “Certain foods I eat cause me to have a psychotic break,” he said, adding, “bread, refined sugar– those are the main culprits.”

More recently Scarver has taken to poetry, publishing a book from jail in 2015 titled God Seed: Poetry of Christopher J. Scarver. The Amazon summary describes it as “a poetic vision of the world as seen through prison walls. Christopher’s poetry describes his journey from despair, to hope, from mistrust to finding the good in others.”

If you liked this article on Christopher Scarver and Jeffrey Dahmer’s death, you may want to read about story of Jeffrey Dahmer. Then check out the best serial killer documentaries.

Kara Goldfarb
Kara Goldfarb is a writer living in New York City.
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