Christopher Scarver

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Christopher J. Scarver (born July 6, 1969[1]) is an American convicted murderer who, while in prison, killed Jeffrey Dahmer and Jesse Anderson. He described the deed as "the work of God".


Early life

Scarver was the second son of five children born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended James Madison High School before dropping out in the eleventh grade. Eventually his mother forced him to leave the house because of his increasing alcoholism.

Scarver was hired as a trainee carpenter in a Youth Conservation Corps job program. He said that he had been promised by a supervisor that upon completion of this program he would be hired full time, but the supervisor was dismissed, and as a result, Scarver's full time position never materialized.

Murder conviction

On June 1, 1990, he went to the training program office, expecting to find only John P. Feyen, the site manager, there, but saw Steve Lohman, a program worker. He ordered Lohman at gunpoint to give him his money. When he received only $15, Scarver shot Lohman in the head. At the same time, he demanded money from Feyen. According to authorities, Scarver said, "Do you think I'm kidding, Mr. Hitler? I need more money". Scarver shot Lohman twice more before Feyen was able to run away after giving a check for $3,000 to Scarver.[2] Scarver was convicted and sentenced to life in prison and sent to the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin in 1992. While imprisoned, he complained of experiencing messianic delusions, and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Conduct in prison

On the morning of November 28, 1994, Scarver was assigned to a work detail with Jeffrey Dahmer and Jesse Anderson that included cleaning the prison gymnasium bathroom. When corrections officers left the three unsupervised, Scarver beat the other two men with a bar from a weight machine. When he returned to his cell early, an officer asked him why he was not still working. He explained "God told me to do it. You will hear about it on the 6 o'clock news. Jesse Anderson and Jeffrey Dahmer are dead." During that time two officers found the bodies of Dahmer and Anderson. Dahmer was pronounced dead on his way to the hospital from extensive head injuries, and Anderson died two days later. Scarver received two more life sentences for these murders.

In 2005, Scarver brought a civil rights suit against the officials of the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility[3] in which he argued that he had been subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, contrary to his constitutional rights.[4] A district judge dismissed the suit against several of the defendants and ruled that the actions of the remaining officials could not be considered unlawful. Scarver appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals, which upheld the decision of the district judge in 2006.[5]

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