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Battle over Dahmer estate is still alive

Jeffrey L. Dahmer is dead, but the legal battle over his estate is still alive.

Several families of Mr. Dahmer's victims sued him and were awarded millions of dollars, and ever since have been trying to gain control of the contents of his Milwaukee apartment, where he killed most of his victims.

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The families want to auction off some 312 items, including a 55-gallon vat he used to decompose the bodies; the refrigerator where he stored hearts; a saw, a hammer and his toothbrush.

Tom Jacobson, the lawyer for the families, said the auction could bring more than $100,000.

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"I think his death makes the stuff even more valuable," he said.

Rita Isbell, the sister of one of Dahmer's last victims, Errol Lindsey, 19, said she always knew that this day would come sooner or later.

For the past two years, she said, she has been getting telephone calls from men identifying themselves as prison inmates, offering condolences and promises that Dahmer would be "taken care of."

The last call came about six months ago.

"You don't know me," Ms. Isbell quoted the caller as saying.

"I'm up here with Jeffrey Dahmer. Don't worry. We'll take care of it."

Whether the calls were real or pranks, Ms. Isbell said she did not know.

"I wouldn't say I wanted it to happen like this," she said. "But Jeffrey tore my family up.

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"My mother hated him. She was crying today, tears of joy. You have to understand, Jeffrey took her last child."


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