The Wisconsin Vs. Jeffrey Dahmer’s case is one of the most nerve-chilling cases in American crime history. The case is often noted as the police’s biggest failure in the timely capture of this “Milwaukee Monster”. Before Jeffrey’s arrest in July 1991, the American serial killer managed to take the lives of 17 victims, brutally murdering, dismembering and eating some of their body parts.
However, Tracy Edwards turned out to be the only victim who successfully escaped Jeffrey, who desired to eat his heart and then dismember him. In the new Netflix series “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”, the first episode narrates the story of Tracy, who escaped Dahmer alive and led the police to his arrest. So where is this man now and why did he undergo imprisonment? Read on to know all about him.
Who Is Tracy Edwards?
Tracy Edwards is one of the victims of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who successfully escaped him on July 22, 1991. On the said date, Dahmer approached three men and offered $100 to accompany him to his apartment. Tracy, who was 32-year-old back then, agreed to give him company, not aware of what was waiting ahead.
Tracy Edwards noted foul odor and bottles of hydrochloric acid and questioned Dahmer. However, he responded by saying that he keeps them for cleaning bricks. In a few minutes, Dahmer handcuffed Tracy and asked him to accompany him to his bedroom. Edwards saw several nude male photos on the walls and felt something was damn wrong.
It came out that Dahmer expressed his desire to eat Tracy’s heart but he managed to outplay him and escape the apartment. Police found Tracy wandering on the street with handcuffs. However, it was Edwards who flagged down two Milwaukee police officers, Robert Rauth and Rolf Mueller to Dahmer’s apartment.
Tracy became a significant witness in Jeffrey Dahmer’s case and testified against him in 1992. Jeffrey was convicted for the 16th term of life imprisonment. Many of his latest crimes involved “necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of body parts.” However, Tracy too was convicted for his own fair share of crimes.
Jeffrey Resists Arrest…
Tracy Edwards led police to Jeffrey’s apartment on the night of July 22, 1991. Jeffrey invited them inside and admitted that he placed handcuffs upon Edwards, without offering any further explanation. When officer Mueller entered his bedroom, he found a large knife hidden behind the bed. he even found several Polaroid pictures, many of them depicting stages of dismemberment. Mueller confirmed that they were taken to the same apartment.
At this moment, Dahmer began fighting with both the officers to resist arrest, but the police managed to handcuff this serial killer and called for backup. During further investigation, police officers found a freshly severed head of a black male. After being arrested, Jeffrey uttered the words: For What I did, I should be dead.”
A detailed search revealed that Jeffrey Dahmer preserved seven skulls (painted and bleached), two human hearts, a portion of arm muscle, a torso, and a bag of human organs. Investigators also found skeletons, severed hands and preserved penises of men and young boys. America’s most notorious serial killer was finally in custody.
What Happened To Tracy Edwards?
Tracy Edwards, who became an important part of Jeffrey’s arrest, ran into trouble with police authorities a decade later. Tracy was accused of throwing a man, named Johnny Jordan off a Milwaukee bridge.
After pleading guilty to aiding a felon, Tracy spent a year and a half in prison along with two years of extended supervision for the death of Johnny Jordan. In addition to this, Edwards also faced “police charges including theft, drug possession, property damage, and failure to pay child support.” He got the said sentence following a “plea deal”.
Where Is Tracy Edwards Now?
During the time of his arrest, Tracy was 52 and homeless. It has been reported that he has been changing shelter homes since then. It’s currently unknown what exactly Tracy Edwards is doing now.