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The Ambassador Hotel has experienced a revival and is no longer the low priced, cheap hotel it was when Dahmer checked in.
Credit: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The hotel as seem from Google Street View
Credit: Google Maps
The lobby of the Ambassador Hotel
Credit: Vice - John Good
Killer(s): Jeffrey Dahmer,
Victim(s): Steven Tuomi,
Written by: Jewls Krueger
By the time Jeffrey Dahmer checked into his room at the Ambassador Hotel, he had already murdered one man and had raped at least 12 men, using sleeping pills to render them unconscious. He was deep into his alcoholism and his criminal behavior was escalating quickly.
On November 20, 1987 Dahmer met 25 year old Steven Tuomi at a gay bar near the Ambassador Hotel. Dahmer convinced Tuomi to come back to his room at the Ambassador where he intended to drug and rape Tuomi. There, in room 507, Dahmer drugged, raped, and beat Tuomi to death while in a drunken stupor. Dahmer later claimed that he had not intended to kill Tuomi, but when he awoke to find Tuomi’s lifeless body with him in the bed, it was too late.
To cover his crimes, Dahmer purchased a large suitcase and brought the body back to his grandmother’s house where he was living at the time. He later decapitated Tuomi’s body and disposed of everything but the severed head in the trash. He used a chemical solution to remove the flesh from the head, and used Tuomi’s bleached skull as stimulation for masterbation until it ultimately became too brittle. He pulverized the skull in his grandmother’s yard and scattered the pieces.
In 1990, Dahmer moved into an apartment just a few blocks from the Ambassador Hotel where he would commit the majority of his crimes.
The hotel is located just a few short blocks from Marquette University on W. Wisconsin Ave and N. 23rd. Street. The 8-story, art-deco style building has experienced a resurgence in recent years and now has several large signs, so it’s hard to miss. There is a large parking lot next to the building, but it’s unclear if the parking is reserved for guests of the hotel. For those looking to get even closer to Dahmer’s crime, you can book a room at the ambassador and request to stay in room 507.
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