Lawmakers say violence against animals could lead to a violent future

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Former mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer killed his first victim, hitchiker Steven Hicks, in Bath Ohio in 1978. Dahmer went on to kill 16 more men and boys during the next fifteen years. But Dahmer’s first victim wasn’t human. He had a history of mutilating and butchering animals as a young child. Dahmer’s early history with has served as inspiration for a bill being considered by Ohio lawmakers that would identify children who are at risk of becoming violent offenders in the future.