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Jeffrey Dahmer’s Asian Victim: How Was Konerak Sinthasomphone Killed? Learn About His Brother!

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Sep 22, 2022 @ 4:37 EDT

Jeffrey Dahmer not only targeted Afro-Americans but also had an Asian victim. 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone (originally from Laos) was killed in his apartment even after almost being rescued. Dahmer's neighbors called 9-1-1 after they found a young boy (Konerak) laying outside of his apartment. However, Dahmer claimed that the boy was his 19-year-old boyfriend when police came to investigate. The police got convinced which later resulted in Konerak's death. Meanwhile, his older brother, Anoukone Sinthasomphone, couldn't believe how his brother died.

The horrific biographical crime drama miniseries Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix explores the life and murders of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Between 1978 to 1991, Jeffrey terrorized Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Still, it wasn't until he was finally arrested that the shortcomings of law enforcement and the potential for many lives saved by a thorough investigation came to light. In addition, the series depicts how few people realized Jeffrey had violent tendencies until it was too late and even details some of the serial killer's early years.

Jeffrey Dahmer has always had a fascination with the deceased. At the age of four, he witnessed his father removing animal bones from the base of their home, and from that point on, he always looked forward to hearing the sounds they created. When he was in his teens, he switched from collecting huge insects to collecting animal carcasses on the side of the road. At puberty, Jeffrey came to terms with being gay, but he kept it to himself. Then he started daydreaming about being in a relationship in total control of his partner. These were increasingly entangled with dissection.

Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer, the subject of the Netflix series, killed over 15 people, including Konerak Sinthasomphone, who was 14 years old and his only Asian victim. Not because of how he was slain, but rather because policemen John Balcerzak and Joseph Gabrish intervened only to send Sinthasomphone back into Dahmer's apartment, making him one of Dahmer's most well-known victims. Well, let's know what actually happened ad how he was killed.

Previously, we touched on what the police saw in the Polaroids in his apartment.

Jeffrey Dahmer’s Asian Victim: 14-Year-Old Konerak Sinthasomphone Was Almost Rescued but the Police Officers Chose to Believe He Was Dahmer’s Boyfriend; Learn About His Brother!

Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in 1991 after one of his 15+ victims escaped his apartment and went straight to the police after knowing his intention. Yes, he previously succeed to kill more than 15 gay boys. While most of his victims were Afro-American, one of them was an Asian named Konerak Sinthasomphone.

On May 27, 1991, Sinthasomphone (originally from  Laos), then 14 years old, was invited to Dahmer's apartment. He posed for photographs there while wearing only his underwear up until Dahmer gave him drugs and gave him oral sex. Dahmer then injected hydrochloric acid into Sinthasomphone's frontal lobe after drilling a hole in his skull. Dahmer reportedly left the apartment while he was unresponsive in search of alcohol (The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer).

On May 27, 1991, Glenda Cleveland, her daughter, and her niece called the police in response to Jeffrey Dahmer's growingly unsettling conduct. They had discovered a young boy who was wounded, naked, and hardly conscious. Officers Gabrish and Balcerzak saw Dahmer standing next to Sinthasomphone when they arrived on the scene.

He was obviously a child, but when the police showed up there, they saw nothing wrong with his situation. In fact, they helped Dahmer, who was charged with abusing the boy, in bringing him back to his apartment.

Konerak Sinthasomphone was missing since May 26, when he vanished after leaving his family's home on the north side of Milwaukee. His body was among those discovered at Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment. After finding his dead body, Anoukone Sinthasomphone, the 25-year-old brother (that time) of the Asian victim said,

We thought it likely that he was in there. The whole thing is crazy. It is terrible. . . . I don't know what to say

Only a few months and four more victims later did it become clear that Konerak Sinthasomphone, who Dahmer had claimed to be his 19-year-old boyfriend, was actually only 14 years old.

The police chose to believe Jeffrey Dahmer over Glenda after she had asked for help for Konerak. She followed up with multiple phone calls, inquiring about Konerak's well-being, but her worries were rejected. Dahmer was eventually arrested in 1991 after Tracy Edwards managed to escape his grasp and summon the police back to his home. In 1994, fellow prisoner Christopher Scarver killed Dahmer in his cell.

John Balcerzak and Joseph Gabrish Update: What Happened to Them?

Police Chief Philip Arreola discharged officers Balcerzak and Gabrish in September 1991 due to their egregious negligence. The policemen later appealed for being fired. They were admitted back to Milwaukee Police Association with back pay in April 1994 by Reserve Judge Robert Parins.

Joseph Gabrish began working as a police officer in Grafton, Wisconsin, in 1993, according to the 2016 On Milwaukee article. He was then given the rank of Captain and is now the second-in-command of the division, according to the source. In addition, Gabrish serves as the chief of police for the Wisconsin town of Trenton.

On the other hand, Balcerzak served his entire life in the Milwaukee police. According to On Milwaukee, “He was elected as president of the Milwaukee Police Association, the police union, from 2005-2009.”  In 2017, he announced his retirement.

Additionally, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is now available on Netflix.

Before leaving, find out who Jeffrey Dahmer's parents are and what he used to drug his victims. Also, find out where he is buried.

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