The animal-rights group PETA is looking to buy the childhood home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and convert it into a vegan restaurant.
The organization’s president, Ingrid Newkirk, sent a letter dated Friday to the real estate agent who had listed the Bath Township, Ohio, house for sale, reported the Akron Beacon Journal.
Dahmer moved to the home with his parents in 1968, when he was 8 years old, and killed and dismembered his first of his 17 victims there 10 years later.
He scattered the remains of Steven M. Hicks on the 1.5-acre property.
Newkirk told the agent that PETA hoped to “respond to the past with something positive,” comparing the animal slaughter and consumption to Dahmer’s crimes.
"Like Dahmer’s human victims, cows, pigs, and chickens are made of flesh and blood and fear for their lives when confronted by a man with a knife," Newkirk wrote. "They are also drugged and dragged, and their limbs are bound. Their struggles and screams are ignored as they are killed and cut up to be consumed. Their bones are thrown away like garbage."
PETA would call the proposed restaurant, which would offer entrees for $10 or less, Eat For Life: Home Cooking.
The home is zoned for single-family residential use, and the township’s zoning inspector and administrator said officials would not likely change its designation to allow a restaurant in the residential neighborhood.
The building and its slopped, wooded lot are poorly suited for that purpose, pointing out that the house also uses well water and a septic system.
“I think they’d have a lot of hurdles to jump,” said zoning official Bill Funk.
The 2,170-square-foot midcentury modern house has been on and off the market since 2012 after its owner, musician Chris Butler, said he no longer spent much time in the Akron area.
He originally listed the home for $329,000, but it’s currently listed at $295,000.
Butler said he previously pulled the home from the market due to the economic downturn and the home's notorious past.
"If you can get past that little problem, you'll have a wonderful place to live," Butler said.
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