48 Hastings L.J. 1257 (1996-1997)
Jeffrey Dahmer and the Cosynthesis of Categories

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by
PETER KwAN
Prologue
On May 27, 1991, two teenage cousins noticed what they described
as a wounded butt naked young boy in the street. The two cousins
were Sandra Smith and Nicole Childress. They lived next to Oxford
Apartments, a set of cinderblock low-rise apartments in the North Side of
Milwaukee where Jeffrey Dahmer lived. The boy was fourteen years old.
His name was Konerak Sinthasomphone.
Konerak and his family fled Laos 12 years earlier. The communists
had threatened to take away his father's rice farm near Vientiane, the
capital of Laos. So, one night, Konerak's father sent his family across
the Mekong River in a canoe into Thailand where they lived in a refugee
camp for a year before a Catholic relocation program helped them to
move to Milwaukee.
To Sandra Smith and Nicole Childress, however, Konerak appeared
a badly beaten and bruised boy. He was bleeding. He was naked and he
was having difficulty standing and speaking. They called 911. Their call
was also forwarded to the Fire Department who said that they would send
an ambulance.
Three white police officers arrived at the scene. Officers Richard
Porubcan, John Balcerzak, and Joseph Gabrish interviewed Dahmer in
an alley. Dahmer told the officers that Konerak's name was John
* Assistant Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law. My gratitude and
affection to the following for their advice, friendship and encouragement: Professors Mar-
galynne Armstrong, June Carbone, Robert Chang, Adrienne Davis, Angela Harris, Francisco
Valdes, and Robert Westley; and my research assistants, Andrew Kim and Kavita Sood. Please
don't blame any of these good people for my mistakes. This Article has been through several
iterations. Some of them have profited from the Law and Identity Workshop at Boalt Hall
School of Law, and from a summer research grant from Santa Clara University School of Law.

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