The man who k*illed serial k*iller Jeffrey Dahmer in prison 20 years ago told that Dahmer’s insatiable hunger for human flesh was the reason why he had to die. This was the first time that the reason why the cannibal had to die was made public.
Christopher Scarver, who kil*led Dahmer and another inmate by beating them to de*ath in 1994, said he grew to hate Dahmer because he would make severed limbs out of prison food to tease the other inmates.
He would use packets of ketchup to look like blood.
It was really scary.
“He would put them in places where people would be,” Scarver, who is 45, said in a low, gravelly voice.
“He went too far with some people, like prisoners and prison workers. Some people in prison are sorry for what they did, but he wasn’t one of them.
Scarver moved into the Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin around the same time as Dahmer in 1992. He knew right away to stay away from the serial k*iller.
Scarver said that the crazy man always had at least one guard with him when he left his cell because he got into fights with other prisoners.
Scarver said, “I sometimes saw heated arguments between [Dahmer] and other prisoners.” He also said that he didn’t think much of Dahmer.
He said, “There was no impression.”
Scarver watched Dahmer from a distance on the prison yard, like a lone wolf. He never went up to him, though, because he didn’t want to be a target of his sick sense of humor.
He said, “I’ve never talked to him.”
But on the morning of November 28, 1994, Scarver did his own version of justice in a gym at the Portage, Wisconsin, prison.
Corrections officers let Dahmer, 34, Scarver, and another inmate, Jesse Anderson, clean the bathrooms without being tied down. They were left alone while they did this.
Scarver was disgusted by the youth-molesting cannibal’s desire for flesh, so he kept in his pocket a newspaper article about how, from 1978 to 1991, Dahmer k*illed, cut up, and sometimes ate 17 men and boys.
Scarver was convicted of m*urder when he was 25 years old. He had just gotten his mop and was filling a bucket with water when he was poked in the back.
“I turned around, and [Dahmer] and Jesse were kind of laughing under their breath,” Scarver said. “I looked right into their eyes, and I couldn’t tell which one had done it.”
The three men then went their separate ways, and Scarver went with Dahmer to a locker room for staff.
Scarver got a metal bar from the weight room and confronted Dahmer with the news story he had been carrying around in his pocket.
“I asked him if he did those things because they disgusted me so much. He was taken aback. Scarver said, “Yes, he was.”
“He didn’t waste much time looking for the door. Scarver said, “I stopped him.”
“He died in the end. He said, “I put his head down.”
He walked across the gym and into a locker room where 37-year-old Anderson was working.
“He stopped and looked around for a moment. He was looking around to see if there were any officials around. There wasn’t any. Scarver said that Anderson, who was in prison for life for ki*lling his wife in 1992, got his head cut off, which was pretty much the same thing.
Scarver thinks that he was put alone with Dahmer on purpose, since prison officials knew he hated the crazy man and wanted him de*ad.
“They were somehow involved in what happened. Yes,” Scarver said, pointing out that the guards had left just before he hit Dahmer with the 5-pound, 20-inch metal bar.
But Scarver refused to elaborate out of fear for his own safety.
“I would need a good attorney to ensure there would not be any retaliation by Wisconsin officials or to get me out of any type of retaliatory position they would put me in,” Scarver said.
Wisconsin Correction Department spokeswoman Joy Staab did not return calls for comment about those claims — but an investigation following the ki*llings determined he acted alone.
Scarver’s first plea to the murders was “insanity,” but he later changed it to “no contest” in exchange for being sent to a federal prison.
On top of the life sentence he was already serving, he was given two more life sentences.
Scarver went to prison in 1990 for kil*ling his old boss during a robbery.
Scarver started drinking a lot after he was fired from a job training program at the Wisconsin Conservation Corps. He said he heard voices calling him “the chosen one.”
He went back to his old job with a semiautomatic.25-caliber pistol and asked site manager John Feyen for money. When he only gave $15, Scarver shot a worker named Steven Lohman in the head.
He shot Lohman twice more before Feyen hit him with the gun and ran away.
After a few hours, the police found Scarver sitting on the porch of his girlfriend’s apartment building and arrested him.
After the m*urders, Scarver went from one prison to another until he got to where he is now, the Centennial Correctional Facility in Canon City, Colorado.
Scarver says that 10 to 20 prison doctors have looked at him, but he still doesn’t know what’s wrong with him.
He is partly crazy because of the food in prison.
“I did my own research and found out what the problem is: I have psychotic breaks when I eat bread and refined sugar,” he said. “These are the main ones to blame.”
He now spends his days on his website writing poems. He has also made his own poetry books and put them on Amazon.