Victims' families protest Dahmer tourism
Bam Marketing and Media draws criticism and protests for its business venture of leading guided tours in the Milwaukee neighborhood from which infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer lured several of his 17 victims.
The tours began March 3 in the Walker's Point neighborhood and involved a guide leading people up and down the street for about an hour. The group made stops at buildings that used to house the gay bars where Dahmer found victims.
Critics say the tours exploit an ugly part of the city's history. Online deal-maker Groupon cancelled a promotion for discounted tour tickets. News reports say more protestors - about 20 of them - showed up for the walking tour than those buying tickets.
The sister of one of Dahmer's victims carried a sign calling Bam "heartless." Other victims' family members also showed up to protest.
Bam Marketing offered to donate 20% of the proceeds from the tours to the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children. The group's director, Nancy Ruhe, told the Associated Press it would never take money from an effort to profit off somebody's murderous acts.
She said, "I cannot believe we can't let these people rest in peace."
A sister of another Dahmer victim, Richard Guerrero said proceeds from the walking tours should go to victims' families.
Bam's representative Amanda Morden said the company could not find any one charity that directly represents those families. The tours are scheduled to continue each Saturday.