Jeffrey Dahmer with his childhood friend Lee, Halloween 1967Not long after moving into our new house, he [Jeffrey] made acquaintance with a young boy who lived in the house behind us. His name was Lee, and he and Jeff played together in the afternoon.
In October, they went trick-or-treating together. Joyce [Jeffrey’s mother] served them with a “witch’s brew” of orange sherbet and ginger ale, and then the two set out together, marching from house to house throughout the neighbourhood, both of them dressed as devils.
Before leaving, the two boys stood together for a photograph, both of them smiling brightly in their devil costumes. In the picture, Jeff is on the left, and there is no suggestion that within a few years, his life would veer radically away from the life of that other little boy. He seems relaxed, happy, totally at ease with his new friend.
- Lionel Dahmer, Jeffrey Dahmer’s father, extract from A Father’s Story