‘Dahmer’ on Netflix: Everything you need to know about the controversial series

Netflix The latest true crime series is called Dahmer – The Beast: The Jeffrey Dahmer StoryOddly enough, the killer’s last name was used twice in the title. Some people wish the Milwaukee killer hadn’t been exposed so much. As of Tuesday, Dahmer is #1 on Netflix, but it has brought with it a lot of controversy. Let’s break it down.

Dahmer: the basics

Jeffrey Dahmer was real, of course, but the things he did were so horrific that it seemed impossible. Born in Milwaukee in 1960, he had a turbulent childhood, with an early interest in dead animals and anatomy. Then, over a 13-year period starting in 1978, he killed and dismembered 17 men and boys, committed necrophilia and cannibalism, and preserved body parts and bones. He was finally arrested in 1991 and sentenced to 17 years in prison. Another inmate beat Dahmer to death in prison in 1994.

The 10-episode series jumps between Dahmer’s unhappy childhood, his murder and eventual arrest. In addition to the horror of Dahmer’s crimes, the series shows how Milwaukee police did not listen to neighbors who warned them that something was going on at the killer’s apartment. Two officers actually brought one of Dahmer’s victims back to him when the boy, badly wounded and drugged, tried to escape from the house of terror.

The show is disturbing, often bloody, and a bleak hour. About a week after it appeared on Netflix, it got mixed or average reviews from critics on MetacriticAnd generally positive reviews from users.

Daniel Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter In his review, he wrote, “Make a different edit, there’s an intelligent interrogation of Jeffrey Dahmer’s crimes, the real people affected, and the consequences here. They are often lost or obscured.”

Feinberg and other critics call Episode VI, titled Silent, as an exceptional episode within the series. Focuses on one of the men who killed Dahmer, Tony Hughes. “Tony was deaf, and by placing a black, deaf, and lesbian character at the center of the narrative, the series gives a voice to someone whose voice has often been left out of the stunning serial killer visuals,” Feinberg wrote.

But Caroline Framke of Variety writes This is, unfortunately, “mute is the exception rather than the rule”, and not all episodes perform well.

Who plays Jeffrey Dahmer?

I played Dahmer before Evan Peters, who has held multiple roles in different seasons of American Horror Story and who plays Quicksilver in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Dahmer brings Peters together with director Ryan Murphy, who co-created American Horror Story and Dahmer.

Dahmer features featured actors

Michael Laird, best known for her role as country mom Olivia Walton on The Waltons, plays Dahmer’s grandmother Katherine. Learned is a ’70s icon, but there’s also an ’80s icon starring on this show. Molly Ringwald, from the popular John Hughes movie, plays Dahmer’s stepmother, Shari. You will hardly recognize it.

The series also stars Richard Jenkins as Dahmer’s father, Lionel. Niecy Nash plays Glenda Cleveland, a neighbor of Dahmer’s apartment who is trying everything in her power to make the Milwaukee police pay attention to the horrifying smells and sounds coming from behind his door.

Actors Richard Jenkins, Molly Ringwald, and Penelope Ann Miller talk in a hallway in a scene from the movie Dahmer - Monster

Richard Jenkins plays Jeffrey Dahmer’s father, Molly Ringwald (center) plays his stepmother Shari, and Penelope Ann Miller plays his mother, Joyce.


Controversial reaction to Dahmer

With any true crime show, there is the question of whether the show glorifies the criminal at the expense of the victims. Rita Ispel, sister of Errol Lindsey, one of the men Dahmer killed, Talk to Insider about the show. She gave an emotional statement about victim impact in Dahmer’s 1992 ruling, a scene recreated in the series.

“I haven’t been contacted about the show,” Ispel told Insider. “I feel like Netflix should have asked if we mind or how we felt about making it. They didn’t ask me anything. They just did.”

Others posted on social media asking for victims to be memorialized, not the man whose name appeared twice in the show’s title.

All 10 episodes of Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story are now available to stream on Netflix.

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