Victim's Mother Seeks $50 Million from DahmersAP , Associated Press
Aug. 29, 1992 10:49 PM ET
AKRON, OHIO AKRON, Ohio (AP) _ The mother of Jeffrey Dahmer's first victim is seeking $50 million from the serial killer's family, saying the Dahmers should have realized their son was a threat.
Dahmer pleaded guilty in May to a single count of aggravated murder for the 1978 beating death of Steven Hicks, 18, of Coventry Township. Dahmer, then 18, was living alone in Bath Township when he picked up the hitchhiking Hicks, drove home and killed Hicks.
He has said Hicks was the first of 17 young males he killed, cut up and, in some cases, cannibalized after sex. Dahmer is serving a life sentence for the killing, along with 15 life terms for killings in Milwaukee. He was not charged in another confessed killing in Wisconsin.
In her lawsuit filed Friday in Summit County Common Pleas Court, Martha Hicks said Dahmer's parents should have known he ''was deviant and destined to cause injury and death to others.''
The lawsuit alleges wrongful death and charges that Dahmer's parents and stepmother were negligent. His father and stepmother were also accused of failing to supervise their son when the family lived in Bath Township.
Named as defendants are Dahmer; his mother, Joyce Flint of Fresno, Calif.; and father and stepmother, Lionel and Shari Shinn Jordan Dahmer of Granger Township.
Attempts to reach Dahmer's parents or their lawyers for comment Saturday were unsuccessful. There is no telephone listing in Fresno for Joyce Flint.