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Jeffrey Dahmer’s story got it wrong

The dramatized version of Jeffrey Dahmer’s life shows him getting a job at a blood plasma clinic in Milwaukee. There, he stealthily grabs a bag of blood and slips onto the roof, where he proceeds to consume it.

It’s not strictly accurate. It is true that after being released from the army, where, according to AP, he worked as an army doctor in Germany between 1979 and 1981, he got a job as a phlebotomist in a plasma clinic. His discharge from the military occurred due to alcohol abuse charges. After he left, he got a job at a deli, but was kicked out of the hotel he was staying at for not paying rent, as Newsweek reported. He had stays with his father and stepmother as well as his aunt, punctuated by run-ins with the law; just a week after moving in with his family, he was arrested on a public order charge related to his drinking. Dahmer was fined $60 and sentenced to 10 days in jail, suspended. It wouldn’t be the first time he was arrested on this basis.

When he moved in with his aunt, Dahmer began working at the Milwaukee Blood Plasma Center. Yet, surprisingly for a would-be cannibal, Dahmer initially disliked the taste of blood. Rather than drink an entire bag of it, he took some to the blood plasma clinic where he worked, trying a vial before spitting it out (via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).