There is a new tour that walks people through the streets that Jeffrey Dahmer walked in search of his victims. It points out buildings that at one time had housed the very gay bars that Dahmer would frequent. The same bars that he lured numerous victims out of. The tour has met controversy and protestors, including a sister of one of the victims.
There is certainly a part of me that would be drawn to taking part in a Dahmer tour or for that matter any serial killer tour. I would even enjoy it and consider it as a fun once in a lifetime opportunity, though in the end I would pass it by. I would pass on it mainly for the sake of victim family members. This isn’t a serial killer that took lives long ago, Dahmer killed between 1987 through 1991 with one exception dating back to 1978. This points to the fact that the bulk of the Dahmer killings were committed just barely over a decade ago and for family members it’s certainly still raw.
As interesting as a Dahmer tour would be, I for one would have to pass. Sometimes, no matter how fun, entertaining or unique an event could be, the bigger picture has to be considered. In this case, the bigger pictures is that family members of Dahmer’s victims have probably barely reached a point of healing. These weren’t even normal murders, these family members will suffer pain and loss for many years to come, in fact what little closure they’ve reached has most likely just been tore back open.