Jeffrey Dahmer: What happened to Tracy Edwards and where is he now?


The story of notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer has been brought to the small screen by American True Crime Story and the creator of American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy.

The 10-part series entitled Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (full title) Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story) stars Emmy winner Evan Peters as Dahmer, the convicted serial killer who murdered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.

However, the series isn’t necessarily about Dahmer himself, instead the events are told from the point of view of his victims, the people who tried to stop him, and those who knew him.

The series will showcase the various systematic failures that allowed Dahmer to carry out his crimes for over a decade.

Dahmer was finally arrested in July 1991 after Tracy Edwards managed to flee his home and flag a nearby police car, ending his 13-year killing spree.

News week has everything you need to know about Tracy Edwards and where he is now.

What happened to Tracy Edwards?

Tracy Edwards narrowly escaped with his life from Jeffrey Dahmer’s home on July 22, 1991.

They had met in a bar after Dahmer approached three men who offered $100 to accompany him to his apartment to take nude photos, watch a movie, and have a few drinks.

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(L to R) Shaun J. Brown as Tracy Edwards, Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer in Monster; The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
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Edwards, 32, agreed and went with Dahmer to his home, where his life and the course of Dahmer’s life would change.

As seen in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, upon arrival, Edwards noticed a foul odor and tried to leave, but Dahmer convinced him to stay.

As he watched Dahmer’s tropical fish, Dahmer handcuffed Edwards, managing to hold only one wrist. Edwards was then threatened with a knife and in an effort to calm Dahmer, he agreed to let him take pictures. He also promised Dahmer that he would not run away.

As seen in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, after a period of watching a scary movie, Dahmer laid his head on Edwards’ chest and listened to his heartbeat, telling Edwards that he would kill him and eat his heart.

After discussing the best way to try and escape, Edwards waited for Dahmer not to hold on to the loose handcuff and finally managed to flee by punching Dahmer, knocking him to the ground and running out the front door.

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As he ran down the street, still handcuffed and topless, Edwards was able to stop a Milwaukee cop car and officers, Robert Rauth and Rolf Mueller.

Unable to release the handcuffs without a key, he agreed to escort the police to Dahmer’s apartment. Dahmer, invited the officers to retrieve the key when they encountered several guns and the same foul smell neighbor Glenda Cleveland and Edwards had complained about.

When Mueller looked into an open drawer of more than 70 Polaroid photos, depicting naked men and corpses in various stages of mutilation.

They also found items that suggested Dahmer had committed multiple murders, as well as a human head in the refrigerator, two plastic bags in the freezer containing a human heart and another containing a set of male genitalia.

They also found five human skulls, knives, hammers and saws in the bedroom. There was also a complete human skeleton in a drawer and a 57-gallon barrel filled with acid and three torsos and other body parts.

Dahmer pleaded guilty but insane in 15 of the 17 murders he confessed to committing. In February 1992, the jury found him sane at the time of each murder and he was sentenced to 15 consecutive life sentences.

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He died in 1994 after being assaulted by fellow inmate Christopher J. Scarver at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin.

Where is Tracy Edwards now?

Unfortunately, very little is known about Tracy Edwards these days.

Since Dahmer’s 1992 conviction, Edwards has faced several police charges, including arrests on charges of drug possession, property damage, theft and failure to pay child support, according to TSWT News.

In July 2011, Edwards, who was homeless at the time, ran into trouble with the law and even spent time in prison.

According to TSWT News, he was one of two men charged with pushing off a bridge another homeless man named Jonny Jordan who died after drowning in the water below.

Edwards pleaded guilty to aiding a felon, and the Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge sentenced him to one and a half years in prison.

He was also given an additional two years of extended supervision, according to: The sun.

According to numerous reports, Edwards has been homeless since 2002.

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