Glenda Cleveland was one of the first people to become acquainted with America’s most famous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer. The new Netflix series, “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” offers a closer look at his heinous crimes. The first episode begins with Glenda Cleveland, who encounters Jeffrey’s strange behavior and later plays a major role in the proceedings. Read on to find out more about it.
Glenda Cleveland Still Unheard…
Jeffrey’s next-door neighbor, Glenda Cleveland, became a victim of the “Milwaukee monster,” and was the first person to expose him as a serial killer. In the new Netflix series, “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” Glenda Cleveland hears some strange noises from the vent and asks Jeffrey, “I saw you go out in the trash and dump a whole bunch of rotten meat, so the smell must be gone by now.”
Jeffrey replies, “Mm. Oh. I forgot, my tropical fish died, and they got this disease, called white spot.” At that moment, Glenda knew something was wrong. Later, Glinda becomes the first person to report to the police countless times what happened in the apartment, but her calls with the authorities are in vain.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Glenda made her first call on May 27, 1991, when her daughter and niece were walking down the street. She recounted that they saw a child named Konerak Sinthasonphone (14 years old) running away from Jeffrey while he was bleeding profusely. After several calls to the police, they responded to the situation.
However, Jeffrey told authorities that the two were in an affair and that the police considered it a “household dispute”. He also revealed that Konrac was his 19-year-old boyfriend, but the police did not feel the need to verify his identity. When the police left, Dahmer injected hydrochloric acid into Konrac’s brain, which eventually proved fatal. The next day he cut his body and kept his skull. He did the same to another victim, Hughes, on the same day.
If the police had taken Glinda’s words seriously, many innocent lives could have been saved. Dahmer was arrested in 1992 and sentenced to sixteenth life imprisonment. By that time, the sexual offender and cannibal had dismembered and killed 17 men and boys.
However, Jeffrey Dahmer was murdered in prison by his fellow inmate, Christopher Scarver on November 28, 1994. On the morning of the said day, he was found on the bathroom floor with severe head injuries after being hit by a heavy metal rod. Many people considered this as real justice as Jeffrey escaped the death penalty for his heinous crimes. FYI, Wisconsin abolished the death penalty in 1853.
Where is Glenda Cleveland now?
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Glenda Cleveland, who is seen as one of the heroines in the Jeffrey Dahmer case, played a major role in the Jeffrey case, by making numerous calls to the police. If her voice had been heard, 5 of Jeffrey’s 17 victims could have been saved. In the new series, “The Beast,” she played Glenda Niecy Nash, and the series has been given credit for her efforts, something that has never been done before.
In an interview, Nash revealed how Cleveland deserves more respect for dropping him. “It was worth more than a little cheese board at the bottom of the social hall somewhere. She deserved more than just stepping in front of her and saying, ‘Look what we’ve done.’ Look what we tried to do,” Nash added.
As for Glinda, she continued to live in the same apartment until 2009, but died on December 24, 2010 at the age of 56. She has been reported to have high blood pressure and heart disease. Glenda’s actions have long been forgotten by many, but this new series brings her name back to the light. What do you think of this brave lady? Some people don’t need a uniform to be heroes, right?