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Who is Lyfe Jennings, The Man Who Met Jeffrey Dahmer in Prison?

by Atlanta Business Journal

Interest in the details of the life of Jeffrey Dahmer, infamous serial murderer, has surged once again as Netflix’s series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has brought in a record number of viewers. Dahmer killed young men ranging from ages 14 to 33 in the years between the ’70s and ’90s. He preyed on mostly young, Black men. Dahmer was finally caught and arrested in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 22, 1991.

As more people become aware of Dahmer’s crimes, attention has been drawn to the actual facts and events behind Netflix’s dramatic adaptation. The lives of the Dahmer’s victims and circumstances of his trial and imprisonment have resurfaced to the public consciousness. The latest bit of news? R&B artist Lyfe Jennings has opened up about his brush with Dahmer.

Who Is Lyfe Jennings?

Chester Jermaine “Lyfe” Jennings, an American R&B singer from Toledo, Ohio, has raised his voice to share his experience interacting with Dahmer in prison. Jennings, a singer and songwriter, has made seven albums of R&B and soul music. His debut album in 2004, “Lyfe 268‒192″ references the identification number he was given while incarcerated. Jennings, who had been incarcerated for 10 years before the release of his debut album, shared on Instagram on October 3 that he had been in the same prison as Dahmer in 1992.

What Happened Between the Two?

Jennings explained the video that he was working as porter while in prison in Portage, Wisconsin. He was let out of his cell to mop and clean, often singing while he worked. Sometimes, he would take musical requests from other prisoners. Dahmer, whose cell was nearby, his overheard his singing.

“One particular day, I walked past the thing. You know, Jeffrey, he was like, ‘Aye, hey, hey, hey,'” Jennings recalled. “He was like, ‘Yo, that’s you down there singing?’ I’m like, ‘Yo, it was me down there signing, you see me down there, man.’ So, he was like, ‘I like R&B.’ I’m like, ‘You like R&B? He’s like, Yeah, yeah,'” He asked Dahmer if he had a song he’d like to hear. “Y’all will never guess what song he asked me did I know,” Jennings continued. “Mint Condition’s ‘Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes),’ man.”

The singer shared his strange tale with the killer. He even promised to share more of experiences with Dahmer; however, Jennings faced much backlash after sharing his story. Many people commented on his posts that he was glorifying Dahmer and joining in on the attention given to Dahmer, who did not deserve it. Jennings posted that he had more to tell, but that the harsh judgement from the public would keep him from sharing.

How Are People Reacting to Dahmer Elsewhere?

While Jennings took to social media to share a strange and interesting story about Dahmer, family members and loved ones of the victims of Dahmer have also shared their thoughts following Netflix’s series. Eric Wynn, who is a Black drag queen of Club 219, which Dahmer often frequented and where Tony Hughes, one of his victims, had reportedly last been seen, said to The New York Times, “it couldn’t be more wrong, more ill timed, and it’s a media grab.”

Rita Isbell, the sister of Errol Lindsey, one of Dahmer’s victims, sadded to Insider, “It’s sad that they’re just making money off of this tragedy. That’s just greed.”

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