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would like to think. Murders in the United States are fairly common and frequent. The year of 1991 was no exception. Yet, the Jeffrey Dahmer murders that occured in 1991 were of quite a different nature. The world was mortiifed of the brutality that one man could commit. Dahmer, a convicted child molester and a Milwaukee chocolate factory worker admitted to the killings of 17 young men(Matthews 44). The world associated Dahmer with diememberment and cannabilism of all his victims, which were mostly homosexual black men. Dahmer’s apartment contained severed heads, rotting body parts, and evidence of cannibalism (Dahmer 70). Jeffrey Dahmer’s murders showed exactly how grotesque and sick some people in this world really are. Dahmer’ s crime became the most publicized murder

scandal ever. Riots played a major part in the year of 1991. Dissension between races was quite evident because both of the riots that occured in 1991 were between blacks and whites. I am sure no one has forgotten the brutality of the beating of Rodney King we all saw on video-tape. A man was testing his new camera on March 3, when he observed four white , Los Angeles police officers beating the 25 year old motorist. The country was outraged to see the four officers repeatedly clubbing King as he lay on the ground. On April 29, 1992 twelve jurors in Sylma, California rendered their verdicts. The verdicts were broadcast live, and word spread quickly throughout Los Angeles(website). The acquittal of police officers charged with the Rodney King beating led to the 1992 Los Angeles

riots that left 50 dead and $1 billion in damages(Coffey-See 24). On August 22 of 1991 a tragic car accident sparked the Brooklyn riots. A car driven by a Hasidic Jew hit two young black children, killing one. The result was a series of riots that lasted for three days and nights, with fifteen Brooklyn police officers being injured. These two riots are proof that racial harmony was no characteristic in the year of 1991. Other events touched the hearts of the American people also. Michael Landon lost his battle with cancer on July 1, 1991. Michael was an actor, producer, director, and writer who specialized in wholesome family television shows(Grogan 42). Cancer was slowly becoming a common occurrence to the American people. Michael Landon’s lost battle was proof that it does

not just happen to the “average” person . The death of Eric Clapton’s son touched the hearts of many. The young child fell from the 53rd floor of an apartment building. It was such an unnecessary tragedy. The world was in shock when a psychopath opened fire in a Luby’s restaurant in a Texas town killing 22 people. This tragedy made many realize that you are never truly safe? not even eating dinner at a family restaurant. Obviously, 1991 was a pretty eventful year. Looking back, big occurences in 1991 have become some what a “run of the mill” in today’s society. Which goes back to my idea of 1991 being a building block of the future. But, you do have to take the good with the bad. 1991 may have been a minor setback for the U.S. , but as always we prevailed. The

United States is a wonderful country and I wouldn’t live anywhere else? but one must realize that bad things happen everywhere and the United States is no exception. Coffey, Michael and See, Lisa. “In Aftermath of L.A. Riots.” Publishers Weekly. 55(1992): 24-26. Cohen, Roger and Gatti, Claudio. In The Eye Of The Storm. New York: Farrar, Struas and Giroux, 1991. Dahmer, Jeffrey. “Jeffrey Dahmer.” People Weekly. 36(1991): 70-71. Dworkin, Ronald. “One Year Later, the Debate Goes On.” The New York Times Book Review. I(1992): 1. Grogan, David. “Michael Landon.” People Weekly. 35(1991): 42-44. “Los Angeles, 1992 Website.” Online. University of Mississippi Internet. 28 January 1998. Available http: // www.usc.edu/Library/Ref/LA/ la-riot.html. Matthews, Tom.

“Secrets of a Serial Killer.” Newsweek. 5(1992): 44-49. Ressner, Jeffrey. “Freddie Mercury: 1946-1991.” Rolling Stone. 9(1991):13-16. Rosenthal, Andrew. “No Ground Fighting Yet; Call to Arms by Hussein.” New York Times. 1(1991): 15-18.