Many people outside of Wisconsin may not recognize this man, Christopher Scarver, and after almost 30 years many people in Wisconsin may not either. But Christopher wasn’t very well known before November of 1994, but he will forever be tied to a serial killer considered one of the worst.
Christopher Scarver was born in July 1969 and is the second of five children. Christopher was raised in Milwaukee and dropped out of James Madison High School in the eleventh grade. He was an alcoholic and eventually was hired as a trainee carpenter in the Wisconsin Conservation Corps. He had been promised a full-time job when he completed the program.
On June 1, 1990, Christopher had gone into the WI Conservation Corps training program office and found a supervisor who he demanded money from, and only received $15. Christopher became enraged and shot Steve Lohman in the head, killing him. Going to the manager, Christopher demanded money again, and was eventually given a check for $3000.
Christopher was arrested shortly after and was sentenced to life in prison and sent to Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin in 1992. That same year, the “Milwaukee Cannibal” made headlines as a jury sentenced him to 15 terms of life imprisonment.
Two Years Later
Christopher Scarver was assigned a work detail to clean the prison gymnasium bathroom. One of the other inmates assigned to the detail was Jesse Anderson who had murdered his wife, the other was serial killer and cannibal, Jeffrey Dahmer.
Christopher claimed guards left them alone on purpose because they wanted to see Dahmer dead and they knew Christopher didn’t like him. With no guards around, 25-year-old Christopher Scarver struck Dahmer over the head twice with a metal bar and smashed his head against the wall. He also bludgeoned Anderson.
When he returned to his cell early, an officer asked him why he was not still working. It was during that time that two officers found Dahmer and Anderson. Both men were mortally wounded following the beatings and Dahmer was declared dead an hour after arriving at the hospital and Anderson died two days later, after doctors removed him from life support.
For the murders of Jeffrey Dahmer and Jesse Anderson, Christopher Scarver received two additional life sentences. He was transferred to several different prisons after the attack and is now in the Centennial Correctional Facility in Canon City, Colorado.
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