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Jeffrey Dahmer was responsible for the deaths of at least 16 men.

Jeffrey Dahmer was responsible for the deaths of at least 16 men.

The Dahmer tour sold out before it was withdrawn by Goupon.

The Dahmer tour sold out before it was withdrawn by Goupon.

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Jeffrey Dahmer was responsible for the deaths of at least 16 men.

THE daily deals website which usually offers discounted beauty treats, has sparked controversy after selling a tour of the hunting grounds of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Jeffrey Dahmer was an infamous serial killer who terrified Milwaukee from 1978 to 1991 raping, torturing and dismembering 16 known victims. He was beaten to death by an inmate in prison.

The daily deal which offered the chance to tour his killing grounds in Milwaukee with three tours per day, sold out online but had to be cancelled by the online deal-maker after reaction from victims’ families.

Groupon had offered two tour tickets for $25, instead of the normal $60, for what it advertised as a one-mile, 90-minute "spine-chilling glimpse" into Dahmer's life. Spokesman Nicholas Halliwell said in an emailed statement that it was never Groupon's intention to offend anyone.

The tour organiser Amanda Morden defended the idea by citing similar tours in other parts of the US. "There's also the Manson family tour in California and the Boston Strangler tour," she said. "This is not a unique product, but it is something that is new to the city. It's a different format of information provided."