Wisconsin Avenue Bridge
An altercation at the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge led to a death, possibly murder. Image: Shamanic Shift/Flickr/CC BY

Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s last intended victim was arrested in Wisconsin Tuesday in connection with a possible homicide. Police are keeping details guarded as the investigation proceeds.

In connection with a drowning

Twenty years ago this month, Tracy Edwards, 52, narrowly escaped serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and led police to his gruesome lair. Late Tuesday, Edwards was one of two men arrested in Milwaukee, Wis., in connection with the drowning death of another man.

Argument on a bridge

The arrests came following an argument between three homeless men, including Edwards, on the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge. One of the men, Johnny Jordan, 43,  ended up in the Milwaukee river. Another homeless man jumped in to save him, but Jordan had drowned.

Police suspect homicide

The Milwaukee District Attorney’s office said Thursday that it was reviewing the evidence in light of a possible homicide charge, and that the investigation would take several days.

A history of alcohol and drugs

According to court records, Edwards has had many legal run-ins over the years involving alcohol and drugs.

Dr. Emily John, who worked with Edwards at a homeless shelter, said:

“I don’t think a lot of people want to go to therapy to deal with pain. They’d rather self-medicate, and that’s what Tracy does, and it leaves him in the street over and over again. I am hoping in an odd way that this is a good thing for Tracy. Maybe the judge will recognize that he needs some help.”

Serial killer Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer is infamous for raping, torturing, killing and cannibalizing at least 17 young men in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Dahmer was arrested on July 22, 1991. Police came to Dahmer’s door investigating Edward’s claim that Dahmer has tried to capture and torture him.

Edwards was handcuffed and almost naked when he approached police in 1991. He said that he had seen pictures of mangled bodies and smelled decomposition in the apartment. Police later found gruesome remains all over Dahmer’s apartment, including a collection of penises and a human head in the refrigerator.

Dahmer eventually confessed to 17 murders. He was sentenced to 957 years at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wis., where he was beaten to death by a fellow inmate with a broomstick in 1994.


Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2020228/Jeffrey-Dahmers-intended-victim-Tracy-Edwards-held-murder.html
Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/28/us-crime-dahmer-victim-idUSTRE76R7SM20110728
Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/126305473.html

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