An animal rights group is taking a stab at buying the childhood home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in an effort to transform the Ohio house into a vegan eatery.
In a letter last week, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk asked a real estate agent about the Bath Township home and proposed making it a restaurant “to respond to the past with something positive,” the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
Newkirk compared the way animals were slaughtered to the way Dahmer treated the 17 victims he was convicted of killing.
“We are always looking forward to ways to draw attention to the violence inherent in the production of meat, eggs and milk — which involve processes that would shock all but the most hard-hearted person,” Newkirk wrote, according to the newspaper.
Jeffrey Dahmer was convicted in 1991 of killing 17 men and boys. The serial killer was beaten to death in prison three years later.
Jeffrey Dahmer was convicted in 1991 of killing 17 men and boys. The serial killer was beaten to death in prison three years later. (MARK ELIAS/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
“Dahmer’s old house gives us a way to evoke sympathy for these victims and to suggest that a life-affirming diet can change everything.”
The 2,000-square-foot home on the outskirts of Akron — where Dahmer killed the first of his 17 victims in 1978 — has been on the market since last month.
But PETA’s plan to turn the midcentury home into a restaurant could come with too many challenges, Bill Funk — the township’s zoning inspector and administrator — told the newspaper.
“I think they’d have a lot of hurdles to jump,” Funk said.
The three-bedroom home, which has well water and a septic system, is zoned only for single-family residential use — not for commercial purposes.
But a PETA spokesperson told the paper that the animal rights group is serious about the offer and is willing to take whatever steps necessary to open the new food joint.
They even revealed a name for the restaurant and listed some of the items they would likely serve.
The eatery, Eat for Life: Home Cooking, would offer entrees like chipotle barbecue tofu kebabs and a vegan creamy chicken casserole — made from faux-chicken and dairy-free sour cream.