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Milwaukee woman who called MPD about Dahmer victim dies

MILWAUKEE -- The death of Glenda Cleveland -- a Milwaukee woman who tried to help one of Jeffrey Dahmer's youngest victims -- is being reported this week.

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MILWAUKEE -- The death of Glenda Cleveland -- a Milwaukee woman who tried to help one of Jeffrey Dahmer's youngest victims -- is being reported this week.

Cleveland became widely known for a phone call she made to Milwaukee police in May 1991. She lived down the street from the Milwaukee apartment building where serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer resided. One evening her daughter and niece saw Dahmer outside with a naked, bleeding and disoriented boy, 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone. A call was made to police, and two officers responded.

After talking with Dahmer, the officers decided that Dahmer and Sinthasimphone were adult lovers. The officers told their dispatcher that "an intoxicated Asian naked male" was returned to his "sober boyfriend."

A little while later, Cleveland dialed 911, wondering why Sinthasimphone wasn't taken to the hospital. She eventually talked with one of the officers, repeatedly questioning his contention that Sinthasimphone was an adult.

"Are you sure?" she can be heard on the 911 recording.

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"Yep," replies the officer.

"Because this child doesn't even speak English..."

"It's all taken care of," says the officer.

Cleveland hesitatingly accepted the officer's conclusion. Later, Dahmer killed Sinthasophone. Cleveland was eventually honored for trying to help the boy.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Cleveland died December 24, of natural causes, alone in an apartment not far from where she made the famous phone call. She was 56 years old.

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