Scarver, who fatally beat the man accused of murdering, dismembering, and eating 17 men and boys from 1978 to 1991, said that he grew to hate Dahmer for his morbid sense of humor. He explained that Dahmer would fashion severed limbs out of food and use ketchup as blood to taunt his fellow inmates.
“He would put them in places where people would be,” Scarver, now 45-years-old, explained.
“He crossed the line with some people — prisoners, prison staff. Some people who are in prison are repentant — but he was not one of them.”
Scarver arrived at the Wisconsin’s Columbia Correctional Institution around the same time as Dahmer in 1992. He knew right away to keep his distance from the man known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal.”
“I never interacted with him,” he said.
On the day of Dahmer’s death, Dahmer, Scarver, and Jesse Anderson, a third inmate, were cleaning the men’s restroom, alone and unshackled.
Scarver was bending over to get his mop when he was poked in the back. He turned around but wasn’t sure who had done it.
“I turned around, and [Dahmer] and Jesse were kind of laughing under their breath,” Scarver said. “I looked right into their eyes, and I couldn’t tell which had done it.”
The men then split up and Scarver followed Dahmer towards a staff locker room. He grabbed a metal bar from the weight room and confronted Dahmer about the news story he had been carrying in his pocket about his murders.
“I asked him if he did those things ’cause I was fiercely disgusted. He was shocked. Yes, he was,” Scarver said. “He started looking for the door pretty quick. I blocked him.”
Scarver then swung the bar at Dahmer’s head twice, crushing his skull.
“He ended up dead. I put his head down,” he said.
Scarver then turned on Anderson.
“He stopped for a second and looked around. He was looking to see if any officials were there. There were none. Pretty much the same thing [happened] — got his head put out,” he said.
Scarver, who was serving a life sentence for killing his wife, was given two additional life sentences.
Dahmer’s former minister, Pastor Roy Ratcliff, confirmed Dahmer’s taunting of police staff and inmates.
“If he saw a guard that was nervous and standing near enough to hear him, he would say, ‘I bite.’ Usually the guard would jump away and that would make Jeff laugh.”
“He sort of played with his persona to exaggerate it and make people more fearful. This was just his way — a morbid humor to deal with his hopeless situation,” Ratcliff said, according to the New York Post.
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