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JOHN Balcerzak is one of two Milwaukee police officers involved in the trial of serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer.
Balcerzak and Joseph Gabrish played a controversial role in the investigation.
Who is John Balcerzak?
According to heavy.com, Balcerzak was one of two officers who handed over the naked, bleeding 14-year-old boy to Dahmer.
They handed it over as a scene, despite the objections of Dahmer’s neighbor Glenda Cleveland and other women.
This action led to the men being nicknamed the “Dahmer Policemen”.
Dahmer murdered and dismembered 17 men over a 13-year period before being apprehended by authorities.
He kept body parts as souvenirs, including skulls and genitalia.
He was arrested by Milwaukee police on July 22, 1991, after committing the gruesome murders.
What happened in the Konerak Sinthasomphone incident?
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Konerak Sinthasomphone was a 14-year-old who managed to escape from Dahmer’s apartment.
According to the Chicago Tribune, he was naked, bruised, bleeding and heavily under the influence of drugs.
Three women, Sandra Smith, Tina Spivey and Nicole Childress, discovered Konerak and called the police.
Balcerzak and Gabrish answered the call.
Despite pleas from all three women, Konerak was turned over to Dahmer, who convinced police he was his 19-year-old lover, according to the Tribune.
The men described the incident as a “homosexual domestic dispute” and left Dahmer’s home shortly after.
An hour after leaving, Dahmer murdered Konerak.
Where is John Balcerzak now?
Despite the controversy, the men enjoyed long careers in law enforcement in Wisconsin.
According to the Advocate, the two officers were fired by Police Chief Philip Arreola, but reinstated by a court order.
Meanwhile, Dahmer was killed by Columbia Correctional Institution inmate Christopher Scarver on November 28, 1994.
Scarver also beat inmate Jesse Anderson to death during the attack.
“He crossed a line with some people — inmates, prison staff,” Scarver told the New York Post in 2015, referring to Dahmer.
“Some people who are in prison do repent – but he was not one of them.”
Scarver told the newspaper that Dahmer would make prison food into severed limbs to provoke other inmates.
Dahmer would also add ketchup packets to use as blood, he said.
He added that “I saw heated interactions between [Dahmer] and other prisoners from time to time.”