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Dahmer walking tour spurs backlash

MILWAUKEE - A planned walking tour providing a peek into serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s life and the Milwaukee haunts where he met and stalked his victims is drawing protests, even prompting online deal maker Groupon to cancel what some called a creepy promotion.

Victims’ families and others call the tour an attempt to exploit an ugly part of the city’s history and want it to be stopped before the first sightseers hit the sidewalks.

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But tour organizer Bam Marketing and Media has said it is not deterred. Each of the company’s first two trips through the Walker’s Point neighborhood, scheduled for today, had nearly reached the 20-person capacity by Thursday, said spokeswoman Amanda Morden.

Walker’s Point Association president Victor Ray said that today, or any day in the near future, is too soon. Dahmer’s crimes are just two decades old, and many of his victims’ family members are still around, he said.

“I just don’t think this is the right timing,’’ Ray said. “And a tour of the area is not the right thing to do. It’s sensationalism in its finest.’’

Dahmer, a chocolate factory worker, spent years frequenting Walker’s Point-area gay bars. He was arrested in 1991 and admitted killing 17 young men, some of whom he mutilated and cannibalized. He was serving life prison sentences when a fellow inmate beat him to death in 1994. The apartment building where Dahmer stored body parts eventually was razed.

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