A marketing group in Milwaukee, WI wants to give walking tours of the area where serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer trolled for his victims. Dahmer met and hung out with some of his victims in the Walkers Point neighborhood.
Families of the victims and others found out about the tour through a Groupon promotion, and called for the tours to end. Tickets for the 1-mile, 90 minute tour usually sell for $60, but Groupon offered the tickets for 2/$25. The website has since canceled the promotion. Tickets will be available for 44 dates from March 3 through June 30, and group size is limited to 20 people. According to Amanda Morden, spokesperson for Bam Marketing and Media, the first two tours have almost reached capacity.
Neighborhood group president Victor Ray says it’s too soon, since only two decades have passed since Dahmer’s arrest. “I just don’t think this is the right timing,” says Ray. “And a tour of the area is not the right thing to do. It’s sensationalism in it’s finest.”
Dahmer, a chocolate factory worker, would frequent gay bars in the area. He was arrested in 1991, and admitted to killing 17 young men, some of whom he mutilated and cannibalized. The apartment building where he stored the body parts was eventually razed. Dahmer was serving a life sentence when he was beat to death by a fellow inmate in 1994.
Tours of hunting grounds for serial killers are by no means rare, nor unpopular. London has tours about Jack the Ripper, Los Angeles has Charles Manson tours, and Boston has tours about the Boston Strangler.