RNC Guests Can Stay in Jeffrey Dahmer's Childhood Home

It's got a really good vibe, owner says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2016 8:56 AM CDT
RNC Guests Can Stay in Jeffrey Dahmer's Childhood Home
The West Bath Road childhood home of Jeffrey Dahmer is shown in Bath Twp., Ohio.    (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Paul Tople)

People visiting Ohio for what is shaping up to be a fiercely contested Republican National Convention can spend their nights relaxing at the home where one of America's most notorious serial killers committed his first murder. The owner of Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home is offering to rent the residence in Bath Township, 25 miles south of Cleveland, for $8,000 during the week of the convention, reports the AP. When he was 18, Dahmer murdered a hitchhiker at the property and buried him in the woods. He went on to commit another 16 gruesome murders after moving to Wisconsin.

The home's owner, Chris Butler, says he didn't hide the home's past when he made it available through convention housing provider Howard Hanna, which listed it here. Butler, the founder of '80s New Wave band The Waitresses, tells the Akron Beacon Journal that he made the home available to convention attendees "for the heck of it"—and to see if he could "suck some Republican gelt from those people." Butler bought the house in 2005. He says he has been restoring the 1952 home, which he considers a great example of midcentury modern architecture. "The vibe was always good, but now it’s kind of really good," he says. (More Jeffrey Dahmer stories.)

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