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A Father's Story

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I found out that after this book was published that Joyce Dahmer, Jeffrey’s mother, interpreted it as a direct attempt to blame her, the mother. Lionel whether intentionally or not draws a line from his fucked up family to your fucked up family. They added another sibling that they were paying more attention to because he was colic and let's be honest he was the best kid so they're going to give him more attention where as Jeffrey was odd so they probably stay clear of him. This is one of the most underrated and rarest books, it took me forever and great effort to find it but it was well worth it.

Instead he had to somehow unify the son he thought he knew and loved with a monster capable of unthinkable acts of violence. REVIEW IS LONG AND INTENDED ONLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE DEEPLY INTERESTED IN READING THE BOOK, NOT FOR CASUALTIES. At that point, I believed that it was my son's madness that most powerfully and permanently separated us.IT WILL MAKE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT ASPECTS OF THE BOOK YOU AGREE WITH AND WHAT ASPECTS YOU DONT AGREE WITH. You could tell how much Lionel loved his sonand how heart broken he was when he found out about Jeffrey's secret life.

But even when I thought of him as a man, a prisoner, a murderer, it seemed to me that my son was very far away from me. His social life, which should have been expanding, narrowed to a circle that was no larger than his mind, an imagined world in which his friends were phantoms, his lovers mere lumps of unmoving flesh. It's not just the serial killings that have marked Jeffrey Dahmer's complex personality, and I must say: there is no excuse to harm, abuse, and kill a human.

Rather than having developed a natural fatherhood, I had learned, as if by rote, what a father should do. From dad- He was getting PhD in chemistry so he kept busy with work, due to fighting with Joyce he preferred his lab more. Somsack Sinthasomphone had been an innocent victim, by law a child, and my son had purposely lured him to his new apartment, drugged, and then sexually abused him.

I also don't like that Jeff's prison minister pretty much said that if Jeff had had God in his life, the murders wouldn't have happened. Two talk shows (Geraldo and Donahue) both hosted a disguised man "Mike" who started horrible and false rumours about the family. In his book, "A Father's Story," Lionel Dahmer shares his personal journey and struggles in coming to terms with his son's heinous crimes. I cannot imagine what it took to examine all of his own inner demons, to analyze them and dissect them, in the hopes of being able to understand the horrifying actions of his son. An anguished memoir written by the father of a serial killer, trying to imagine what went so horribly wrong inside his family.It's hard enough to wrap one's head around the atrocity known as serial murder, now imagine that that the serial murderer is your son. This book presents a rare opportunity to see an evil man, whom most of us dismiss as an abomination, through the eyes of a loving parent. I wanted to take him back to that early boyhood time, to freeze him there, so that he could never reach beyond the innocence and harmlessness of his childhood, never reach any of the people whose lives he had destroyed . His writing isn’t captivating, it is sentimental and emotionless at the same time, often forgivably hokey, but I couldn’t put it down.

But as we both separately realized, even this light, generally relaxing activity, so common among ordinary people at the end of the working day, was now filled with extreme and unavoidable tension for us. Reading this book, I couldn't fathom what ring of hell Lionel Dahmer existed in (and probably still exists) as he grappled with the reality of his son, and the dark choices that son made. Lionel is withering about his inability to see what he thinks was in front of his eyes, the depth of Jeff’s problems, his social withdrawal, his teenage alcoholism – no friends, no girlfriends, no interests, no sports, no music, a failure at everything he turned his hand to.Instead of scrolling through your social media news feed, this is a much better way to spend your spare time in my opinion. what's unexpected is the candor, humility, and thoughtfulness of his account, and the little ways in which its genuine strangeness bypasses "shock value. I was shocked to find Lionel Dahmer's writing so compulsively readable, well-written, and hauntingly open. You can see his intelligent restless miserable questioning, picking up every psychological stone, is the answer under here, maybe this one, could it be this? He reveals he was once an atheist and seems to suggest that had he believed in God, he would not have done what he did.

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