PORTAGE, Wis., Nov. 29 -- Murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, who admitted killing 17 young men and boys and eating parts of some of the bodies, died of multiple skull fractures and brain trauma, preliminary autopsy results showed Tuesday.
A spokeswoman for the sheriff's department handling the beating death of Dahmer at the Columbia Correctional Center said investigators had not yet determined 'what, if any, weapon was used' to kill the convicted serial killer.
Dahmer was killed Monday while cleaning a bathroom in the prison's recreational area. Authorities said fellow inmate Christopher Scarver, 25, was responsible for Dahmer's injuries and those of another inmate, Jesse Anderson of Cedarburg, Wis., who was convicted of killing his wife.
Anderson was listed in critical condition Tuesday at University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison, Wis. Scarver was convicted of the 1992 murder of a crew chief with the Wisconsin Conservation Corps during a robbery attempt.
A bloody broom handle was found at the scene but prison officials would not confirm that it was the weapon used to kill Dahmer. Dahmer, 34, died en route to Divine Savior Hospital. His body was taken to the University of Wisconsin Hospital for autopsy.
Emergency medical technicians said they did everything they could to keep Dahmer from dying. Craig Ratz said when he loaded Dahmer into an ambulance, he did not know who the prisoner was because his face was bloodied and partially covered with an oxygen mask.
Dahmer's killing brought debate on GATT in the U.S. House Tuesday to a standstill. Rep. James Traficant, D-Ohio, speaking on the House floor, stopped short of applauding the killing, but said 'the truth is, Jeffrey Dahmer earned it, he deserved it.'
He said Dahmer 'should have been sentenced to death by a jury, not by a bunch of thugs in a prison.' Dahmer grew up in Ohio. Dahmer's mother, Joyce Flint of Fresno, Calif., told the Milwaukee Sentinel she repeatedly asked her son whether he was safe in prison.
She said Dahmer told her it did not matter, that he did not care what happened to him.
The father of one of his victims expressed much the same sentiment.
David Weinberger of Chicago, whose son Jeremiah was killed by Dahmer, told UPI his first reaction to the news was 'Oh? Really?'
He said the death did not give him any feeling of satisfaction.
'He was gone. Do you feel a bit of satisfaction (when) a dump gets cleaned up?...It's nice. It's incidental. It's not important,' Weinberger said.