Steven Mark Hicks: The First Victim Of Jeffrey Dahmer’s Killings

Steven Mark Hicks

Steven Hicks’ murder in 1978 served as the catalyst for the horrible atrocities committed by serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, as shown in the Netflix documentary “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.”

Whatever the situation, Jeffrey murdered Hicks when his parents were gone, and he was staying with relatives in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, just three weeks after obtaining his high school diploma.

Who Was Steven Hicks?

Steven Hicks, who was 18 years old and had just completed his high school education, was killed by Jeffrey Dahmer.

People who knew him said he was a warm and sympathetic person who enjoyed lending a hand to others and was constantly amenable to making new friends. 

He was not a fan of violence and avoided injuring others, whether they were people or animals. Therefore, it is tough to accept his tragic and untimely death.

Steven’s Murder Was Unplanned

In 1978, three weeks after graduation, Dahmer killed his first victim.

During his daily commute on June 18, 1978, Jeffrey spotted a hitchhiker waiting by the side of the road for a lift from a passing vehicle.

Steven Hicks introduced himself as he immediately approached Jeffrey. He claimed he was attending an Ohio performance at Chippewa Lake Park.

Dahmer claimed that seeing the bare-chested Hicks standing along the roadside sparked his desire to take him home.

Jeffrey lured the hitchhiker with beer, persuaded him to get in the car and join him at the house since he had the place to himself, and realized that he could be able to control Hicks easily. When they arrived at Jeffrey’s residence, he and Hicks started talking and drinking beer while enjoying music. 

According to reports, Jeffrey had a s*xual interest in Hicks, but as soon as Hicks started talking about girls, Jeffrey realized he had no chance.

Over time, Jeffrey’s actions became extremely uneasy, and Hicks eventually requested that he take him to the performance as promised. 

However, refusing to let the man go, Jeffrey struck Hicks twice in the head from behind with a 10-pound dumbbell, knocking him out.

Dahmer strangled Hicks when he passed out after being hit with the dumbbells. 

After taking off Hicks’ clothes, Jeffrey m*sturbated over his body while scraping his chest with his hands. The following day in his basement, Dahmer dissected Hicks’ body.

I have always known that to be wrong. It wasn’t planned to commit the first murder,’ Dahmer said to Inside Edition in 1993.

The Body Of Steven Hicks Hasnt Been Discovered

Unfortunately, Jeffrey carefully destroyed Steven Hicks’ remains; thus, his body hasn’t been discovered since that time. 

He crushed his bones, dissolved the flesh in acid, and dumped the remains in a forested area close to his house. 

The acid that was used to dissolve Hicks’ flesh was also flushed down the toilet.

Steven’s family hired a private investigator in the years after Hicks’ disappearance and death and even gave the police their best effort, but to no avail. 

The remains of Hicks were never found.

The Third Episode Of The Netflix Series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Depicts Steven’s Murder

Steven Hicks’s murder in episode three was shown to be an accidental killing.

The Netflix series displays the working weights and drinking beer, but when Steve meets his friends, Jeffrey doesn’t want him to leave. 

Jeffrey hit Steven with a dumbbell when he tried to flee. Then he strangled, cut up his body, and dispersed the pieces in the woods behind his family’s house. Dahmer himself confirmed this.

Steven’s family Sued Lionel For Parental Negligence

Jeffrey’s father, Lionel, published a book in 1994 called A Father’s Story and donated a portion of the proceeds to the victims’ families.

Most of the victims’ families supported Lionel and Shari, but three families later sued him: two for using their names in the book without their permission.

The family of steven hicks filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Lionel, Shari, and former wife Joyce, citing parental negligence as the cause of death. 

Final Verdict

On June 18, Steven Mark Hicks was last seen hitching to a rock concert in Bath, Ohio’s Chippewa Lake Park. 

According to Dahmer, the young man’s exposed chest drew his attention as he was traveling. 

He was strangled to death, his body was destroyed, and his dispersed remains were in the woods behind Dahmer’s childhood home.