Dad of Killer's Victim Loses Appeal
Oct. 20, 1997
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The father of one of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's victims failed today in a Supreme Court bid to hold Dahmer's probation officer legally responsible for his son's death.
The court, without comment, turned away Aaron David Weinberger's argument that the probation officer's failure to visit Dahmer's apartment gave the killer the chance to commit heinous crimes there.
Weinberger's 23-year-old son, Jeremiah Benjamin Weinberger, was killed by Dahmer in Milwaukee in July 1991.
Dahmer, a chocolate factory worker who previously served time for sexual assault on a minor, was arrested later that month after police found body parts in his apartment where he had lured his victims.
Dahmer admitted killing 17 young men and boys. Imprisoned, he later was beaten to death by a fellow inmate.
Weinberger, who lives in Chicago, sued Wisconsin and Dahmer's probation officer, Donna Chester. His lawsuit accused them of violating his son's civil rights and alleged that Chester did not properly supervise Dahmer because she did not visit him at home.
Because of her heavy caseload, Chester received permission from her supervisor to forego home visits in Dahmer's case. Weinberger's lawsuit said the lack of home visits allowed Dahmer to lure young men to his home and kill them.
A federal judge ruled for the state and Chester, and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court upheld that ruling. None of the mental health officials who treated Dahmer while he was on probation suggested he was dangerous or needed additional supervision, the appeals court said.
Weinberger's appeal to the Supreme Court argued that Dahmer ``would not have killed if he did not have such a safe place to secure his victims.''
The case is Weinberger vs. Wisconsin, 97-310.