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Serial Killer House in Akron, Ohio

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Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home

This is Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home.

It is located at 4480 West Bath Road in Akron, Ohio.

Dahmer lived here with his parents, Lionel and Joyce, and his younger brother, David.

Although he was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, his family moved to Doylestown, Ohio, when he was just six years old.

After living in Doylestown for two years, Lionel and Joyce decided to buy this picturesque three-bedroom house near Fairlawn.

Following a series of moves, the couple had finally found the perfect place to raise their two sons.

As a child, Dahmer reportedly developed an unusual fascination with animal bones. Over the years, this interest grew to the point that he eventually started collecting them.

Although this morbid obsession started before he moved to Bath Road, it is likely that the patch of woodland at the back of his home gave him enough privacy to nurture it. There, hidden among the trees, he could decapitate dead squirrels, chipmunks, and other roadkill.

The fact that his parents were often too busy to pay close attention to him probably didn't help matters either.

As a teenager, Damher started abusing alcohol and fantasizing about dominating and controlling a male partner. By that stage, he had long realized that he was sexually attracted to men.

His first attempt to act out these fantasies ended in failure.

After becoming fixated on a male jogger who regularly ran past his house, Dahmer eventually picked up the nerve to ambush him with a baseball bat.

Fortunately, for some reason or another, his intended target decided not to jog past that day.

During this period, his parents' marriage was steadily falling apart. Their relationship was a deeply unhappy one, and the pair constantly argued. Although they made one last attempt to fix things, all hope of this was lost when Lionel learned that Joyce had a brief fling while she was out of state at her father's funeral.

Shortly afterwards, they divorced, and Lionel decided to move out.

Dahmer's first victim was murdered at this address in June 1978. At the time, he was staying at the house by himself because his mother and brother were living with relatives in Wisconsin.

On June 18th, 1978, Dahmer saw 18-year-old Steven Mark Hicks hitchhiking at the side of the road and decided to pick him up. After luring Hicks back to Bath Road by promising him free alcohol, he eventually attacked him with a dumbbell and then strangled him to death.

This attack occurred after several hours of drinking, at a point when Hicks expressed his desire to leave.

Following the murder, Dahmer dismembered his victim's body in the basement before burying it in the wooded area at the back of his house.

A few weeks later, he dug up the remains and removed all of the flesh from the bones. After dissolving the flesh in acid and pouring it down the drain, he ground Hicks' bones up into dust and then scattered them in his backyard.

Dahmer continued living at this address until July 1979, when he joined the US Army and was deployed to West Germany.

However, his drinking problem steadily worsened while he was stationed abroad. As a result, the army decided to cut him loose and discharge him.

After a brief period of living back home with his father and his new stepmother, he was eventually sent to live with his grandmother in West Allis, Wisconsin.

It wasn't until ten years later that he moved into his infamous apartment on North 25th Street.

Jeffrey Dahmer childhood home address

The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:


4480 West Bath Road, Akron, Ohio, OH 44333, USA


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GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the house are:

41.168767, -81.659790


Dahmer's childhood home is situated between North Hametown Road and North Cleveland Massillon Road in the northwestern suburbs of Akron. It is relatively close to the Bath Nature Preserve and Ghent.

Details about the general area

Akron lies about 20 miles south of Cleveland.


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Dahmer childhood

Dahmer was born on May 21st, 1960, to Lionel and Joyce Dahmer. He had one brother called David, who was six years younger than him.

The two brothers drifted apart following their parents' divorce, as David stayed with his mother.

While he was growing up, Dahmer reportedly resented his brother, as he felt that their parents gave him more attention. He also didn't like the fact that David was more outgoing and active than him.

When the gruesome crimes at North 25th Street finally came to light in 1991, David changed his surname and chose to live in anonymity. By that stage, he had a family of his own.

To this day, his whereabouts remain unknown.

Considering the circumstances, it is highly likely that he wants to keep it that way.

4480 West Bath Road

4480 West Bath Road

Image source: Google Maps

This Google Street View image of 4480 West Bath Road was taken in July 2014.

The house is heavily surrounded by trees, and a sign at the front warns passersby not to trespass.

My Friend Dahmer (2017)

My Friend Dahmer filming location

Image source: My Friend Dahmer (2017)

The house was used during the filming of the biographical movie My Friend Dahmer (2017).

The back of the property is shown at the start of the film.

In the first scene, Dahmer gets home from school, walks out into his backyard, and then wanders off into the woods.

Steven Mark Hicks

Steven Mark Hicks

Steven Mark Hicks was Dahmer's first known victim.

He was murdered at this house on June 18th, 1978, just four days before his 19th birthday.

Later, his bones were ground down and scattered at the back of the property.

When Hicks went missing, his family hired a private detective to track him down.

His parents didn't find out what happened to their son until 13 years later, when Dahmer finally confessed to the crime.

Childhood home

childhood home

Image source: Google Maps

The Google Street View image above was captured in June 2023.

The house was built in 1952, and it sits on a 1.92 Acres lot.

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Crime ScenesSerial KillersNotorious FiguresJeffrey Dahmer Locations

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