Was Jeffrey Dahmer a Cannibal?

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Cleansing a Cannibal: The baptism of Jeffrey Dahmer’ by KJRH -TV | Tulsa | Channel 2

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Netflix show focuses on Dahmer’s crimes and includes taped confessions; Roy Ratcliffe, an Oklahoma Christian University graduate, gained fame for baptizing Dahmer in prison; Dahmer committed heinous crimes and received life sentences; Ratcliffe agreed to baptize Dahmer after verifying his knowledge of scripture; Dahmer was baptized during a solar eclipse; Ratcliffe and Dahmer met weekly until Dahmer’s death; Ratcliffe continued prison ministry and shared his experiences.

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  • A new show on Netflix focuses on Jeffrey Dahmer, a notorious serial killer, and includes taped confessionals.
  • Roy Ratcliffe, a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University, gained fame for baptizing Dahmer in prison.
  • Jeffrey Dahmer committed heinous crimes between 1978 and 1991, including rape, murder, dismemberment, necrophilia, cannibalism, and preserving body parts.
  • After being caught, Dahmer received 16 consecutive life sentences and drew attention from news outlets worldwide.
  • Ratcliffe was contacted by a prison minister who wanted Dahmer to be baptized, despite the latter's notorious background.
  • Ratcliffe initially had concerns about meeting Dahmer but agreed to baptize him after finding out that he knew scripture.
  • On May 10, 1994, Ratcliffe baptized Dahmer during a total solar eclipse, which some believe had an ominous meaning.
  • Ratcliffe and Dahmer continued to meet once a week for about an hour after the baptism.
  • Dahmer gave Ratcliffe a Thanksgiving card expressing gratitude for his friendship and guidance in understanding God's word.
  • Dahmer was subsequently killed by another inmate, but Ratcliffe continued his prison ministry and shared his experiences with Dahmer at Oklahoma Christian University.
  • Ratcliffe emphasizes that no one, regardless of their sins or evil actions, is beyond the reach of God's grace.

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A new show trending on Netflix takes an in-depth look at serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, along with hours and hours of taped confessionals. It also features Oklahoma Christian University grad Roy Ratcliffe. Now, he is the man famous for baptizing Dahmer in prison. I sat down to talk with Ratcliffe, who developed an unlikely friendship with a man who he says considered himself the chief of all sinners.

Between 1978 and 1991, American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer preyed on 17 men and boys. He raped, murdered, and dismembered them, and at times, dabbled in necrophilia, cannibalism, and preserving body parts. After he was caught, he was given 16 consecutive life sentences.

News outlets from around the world reached out to interview Dahmer, including Dateline NBC anchor Stone Phillips. Jeff had been interviewed by Stone Phillips on a national level, where the guy had pressed him about his evil urges and so forth, and two people watching it felt like someone needed to do something.

One was a prison minister from Crescent, Oklahoma. That prison minister from Oklahoma got in touch with a pastor in Milwaukee, but he wasn’t free, so he reached out to Pastor Roy Ratcliffe. And he called me and said, there’s a prisoner who needs to be baptized, and I said, okay, who is it? What’s his name? Where’s it at? He says, well, you might want to sit down. His name is Jeffrey Dahmer. Of course, everyone knew who Jeffrey Dahmer was because he’d been in the news at that point in time.

What? I can’t imagine what was going through your mind at that moment when your friend said the inmate that he’s asking you to go speak with is Jeffrey Dahmer.

I’m wondering, first of all, why is Jeff asking to be baptized? What does he know about baptism? What’s his background? Were you scared to go meet with him a little bit? For a second, I’m realizing, I’m sitting in a room with a guy who’s murdered other people. This could be kind of bad. Yeah, there was a moment there when I was kind of wondering, whoa, what have I got myself into here?

Ratcliffe says the first question he asked was, why do you want to be baptized? And that’s when he says Dahmer started to quote scripture. And I’m surprised, wow, you have actually studied these things. You actually know what these verses are about. It was at that point that Ratcliffe agreed to baptize him.

When I agreed to baptize him, then he makes a sound that I thought was strange. He kind of heaved a sigh. I said, why? Why did you make that sound? And he said, well, I was really afraid of meeting you. And I said, why were you afraid to meet me? He said, because I was afraid you were going to say, I can’t baptize you because you’ve been too evil, too wicked, too sinful.

Ratcliffe reminded him that even a convicted serial killer like Jeffrey Dahmer could receive the gospel of Christ and be saved. On May 10, 1994, Pastor Roy Ratcliffe baptized Dahmer. It was a unique day in that there was a total solar eclipse on that day. So the sky had gotten dark, and some people think there was some kind of ominous meaning in that. It was also the day that John Wayne Gacy, who was also a famous murderer, was executed on that day. So some find a great deal of irony that one man died to his sins and the other man died in physical life on the very same day.

Because he baptized Jeffrey Dahmer, Roy Ratcliffe is actually listed as a notable alumni here at Oklahoma Christian University. Following the baptism, Ratcliffe continued to meet with Dahmer once a week for about an hour. Dahmer gave him this Thanksgiving card on their last visit together before he was killed by another inmate. Inside, it says, thank you for your friendship and for taking the time and effort to help me understand God’s word. God bless you and your family. Sincerely, Jeff Dahmer.

And Roy Ratcliffe continued doing prison ministry after Dahmer’s death. He was invited back to Oklahoma Christian University to talk about his time with Jeffrey Dahmer. And he continues to remind everyone that no one, regardless of their sins or how evil they are, is beyond the reach of God’s grace.

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Cleansing a Cannibal: The baptism of Jeffrey Dahmer’ by KJRH -TV | Tulsa | Channel 2