A judge on Tuesday ordered the cremation of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s brain, which had been preserved at the request of Dahmer’s mother in hopes of having it studied.
Columbia County Circuit Judge Daniel George made his ruling during an hourlong hearing to decide what to do with the brain.
The killer’s mother, Joyce Flint of Fresno, hoped to determine whether biological factors were behind her son’s behavior.
Dahmer’s father, Lionel, of Akron, Ohio, sought the cremation because his son had requested it.
Dahmer’s body, except for the brain, was cremated in September, as Dahmer had requested. The ashes were split among Dahmer’s parents, who are divorced.
Dahmer, a former chocolate factory worker in Milwaukee, was serving a series of life terms at the Columbia Correctional Institution after he admitted killing 17 young men and boys, some of whom he mutilated and cannibalized.
Dahmer and another inmate were beaten to death in prison on Nov. 28, 1994, by a third inmate.