The 'Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story', which takes the viewer through Jeffrey Dahmer's killing spree, demonstrates that the serial murderer may have been apprehended much sooner if the authorities had been more vigilant. One night in May 1991, the police were called to Jeffrey's apartment by his neighbor, Glenda Cleveland, who claimed a boy apparently in his early teens had walked out of the serial killer's residence in a seemingly drugged state.
Despite her protests, the officers, Joseph Gabrish and John Balcerzak, claimed to have seen nothing wrong. Let's go into the details of the incident and find out where Joseph Gabrish and John Balcerzak are at present, shall we?
Joseph Gabrish and John Balcerzak: Who Are They?
When Joseph Gabrish and John Balcerzak received a routine call on May 27, 1991, they discovered Glenda Cleveland, Sandra Smith, Tina Spivey, and Nicole Childress around a naked and bleeding individual who stood outside the property. Interestingly, Sandra, Tina, and Nicole were the ones who initially noticed the Laotian boy and informed the authorities of his presence.
Once Joseph and John began looking around, they discovered that the individual, who had yet to reveal his name, was reported to be leaving Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment in a state of panic. Moreover, he appeared to be addicted to drugs and was unable to respond to the cops and the women around him. Glenda Cleveland, Jeffrey's neighbor, insisted that the person appeared to be in his early teens and was in need of help. She continued asking the officers to bring him to his house.
Jeffrey Dahmer arrived on the scene and claimed to be his 19-year-old boyfriend. Glenda and the other women present on the scene vehemently refuted this claim and continued to ask the cops to take the boy to safety. However, Joseph and John saw nothing unusual and allowed Jeffrey to take him up to his house.
Jeffrey had drilled a hole into his head and poured hydrochloric acid inside, causing the victim to wake up and try to flee, ultimately dying. Once Jeffrey was allowed to return to the apartment, the serial killer attempted to pour more hydrochloric acid inside, which resulted in Konerak's death.
What Have Happened to Joseph Gabrish and John Balcerzak?
Police Chief Philip Arreola attempted to do damage control, suspended Joseph Gabrish and John Balcerzak with pay while their actions were investigated, and John even testified at Jeffrey Dahmer's trial and helped send him to prison, which ultimately resulted in their being dismissed from the police force in 1991.
Joseph and John resigned from the Milwaukee Police Association in 1992. However, in 1994, a judge ordered Joseph and John to be reinstated with back pay of roughly $55,000 each.
John served in the Grafton Police Department until 2009, before resigning in 2017 and continuing to pursue a career as a high-ranking police officer. According to sources, Joseph graduated in 1993 and was awarded the rank of Captain.