Glenda Cleveland was hailed a hero in the city who had attempted to warn police about suspicious activity by her neighbor Jeffrey Dahmer. Netflix premiered DAHMER — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story where the story of Glenda can now be seen in the new show.
Who is Glenda Cleveland? Is she alive? How old is she? Find the answers here.
Meet Glenda Cleveland, Jeffrey Dahmer Neighbor
Glenda Cleveland, the next-door neighbor of Jeffrey Dahmer, made several attempts to stop the serial killer which would’ve saved many lives.
Furthermore, if the police had only listened to her all of it would’ve ended two months early when she made the call in May 1991. Glenda’s daughter, Sandra Smith, and niece, Nicole Childress, had spotted a naked, 14-year-old boy Konerak Sinthasomphone, running from Jeffrey.
Glenda inquired about it, instead of rescuing the young Laotian immigrant from Jeffrey, who has since confessed to murdering and mutilating 17 men over the past 13 years, the cops seem to laugh off the incident as a gay love spat. The officers told their dispatcher that “an intoxicated Asian naked male” was returned to his “sober boyfriend.”
They delivered the 14-year- old to Jeffrey’s apartment. And as soon as they leave, the serial killer reportedly proceeds to strangle the boy and dismember his body.
“I just want to get back to normal,” she told one of the many reporters who called and showed up at her home next door to the Oxford Apartments where Jeffrey Dahmer lived.
The shock and rage that has engulfed Milwaukee. Ever since the decomposing remains of 11 corpses were discovered in Dahmer’s modest apartment in 1991 were compounded by the revelation of police department radio and telephone transcripts that appeared to indicate how severely the cops had made a mistake.
Only after coming across another victim who was running away and telling them that Jeffrey Dahmer was trying to kill him did the police make their terrible discovery. Black and gay leaders have accused police of years of prejudice and neglect after noticing that the majority of Dahmer’s victims were non-White and several were homosexual.
Is Glenda Cleveland Still Alive?
No, Glenda Cleveland passed away on 24 December 2011 due to a natural cause, alone in an apartment not far from where she made the famous phone call. Neighbors had become concerned after not seeing her for a few days. The medical examiner’s office ruled it was a natural death caused by heart disease and high blood pressure. Her daughter blamed it on the cigarette habit her mother could not kick.
There was no funeral. Although a memorial service was planned for spring when family and friends can more easily travel here from Cleveland’s birth state of Mississippi and other places.
She stayed on 25th St. until 2009, her daughter said, and had lived alone since then in an apartment less than a mile away at 32nd and Wisconsin.
Glenda Cleveland Age
At the time of her death, Glenda Cleveland was 56 years old.
Glenda Cleveland Job
According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Glenda Cleveland worked a data entry job. However, it was eliminated several years ago and she hadn’t worked from that point till the time of her death. Instead, she helped care for her grandchildren.
The Common Council and the County Board gave Glenda a formal award. She was referred to be an exemplary citizen by Mayor John Norquist. Local women’s organizations and even the Milwaukee Police Department gave her prizes. Two decades later, several of the plaques were still affixed to the wall of her apartment.
Was Glenda Cleveland Married?
Glenda Cleveland was single at the time of her death. She had only one child, her daughter Sandra Smith. Sandra told Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that they don’t talk about their Jeffrey Dahmer anymore. “I try not to think about it because it should have been different,” Smith said. “A lot of things could have been prevented. I try not to dwell on that.”
Sandra Smith is a mother of nine children. She worked as a nurse. besides that, there isn’t much information about Glenda Cleveland’s daughter Sandra.
Furthermore, there is no mention of her having a husband.
Where Did Glenda Cleveland Reside?
At the time of her death, Glenda Cleveland was residing in Milwaukee. However, she was born in Mississippi. She lived in the same neighborhood (at 32nd and Wisconsin) where Jeffrey Dahmer’s horrific acts were uncovered in July 1991. “Why don’t you move away from that house on a haunted hill?” one of her brothers sometimes teased. “I’m not going anywhere,” she would often say.
Was Glenda Cleveland On Social Media?
No, Glenda Cleveland wasn’t on social media.
Who Plays Glenda Cleveland In Netflix’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story?
In Netflix’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, the role of Glenda Cleveland was portrayed by Niecy Nash. “Glenda was one of his victims too and her story has been told the least,” she explained.
Niecy, born in Palmdale, California, USA, is a Californian actress. She is best known for Never Have I Ever, Reno 911!, Claws, Mrs. America, and Family Guy among others TV shows.