Dahmer: The Netflix controversy revolves around serial killers

Netflix sparked controversy over serial killers

Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer.

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The series “Dahmer” about notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer has been a huge hit on Netflix. Criticism comes from relatives of the victims.

With Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, it looks like Netflix has had its next big hit. In many countries, “Dahmer” is currently in the top 10 of streaming series – including in Germany and the USA.

Dahmer: This is what the song series is all about

The true crime series focuses on Jeffrey Dahmer (1960-1994), one of the most famous serial killers of the 20th century. Between 1978 and 1991 he molested and killed at least 17 young men. He did acts of cannibalism on some of the victims. In 1994, he was killed by one of his colleagues in prison, where he was serving a life sentence. Despite a diagnosis of borderline disorder, court experts considered him sane.

Dahmer tells the murders from the point of view of the Milwaukee Monster, as the press dubbed the serial killer. But the perspective of the victims also plays a role. Incidentally, Dahmer also deals with police incompetence – and structural racism in the United States. The majority of Dahmer’s victims were African Americans, who were allegedly not often taken seriously by authorities. Police escorted a victim who ran back to Dahmer’s apartment.

Cast: Dahmer: Monsters: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Ryan Murphy (56 years old) is the mastermind behind Dahmer: Monsters: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. The producer behind successful series like “American Horror Story” or “Glee” has already proven to be a specialist in true crime formats with “American Crime Story”. The regular star was played by Murphy’s regular actor Evan Peters (35), who has appeared in nearly every season of “American Horror Story.” The supporting roles are also cast well. Richard Jenkins (75, “Six Feet Under”) plays Lionel Dahmer’s father. His stepmother Shari embodied Molly Ringwald (54), the teen idol of the 80s (“Breakfast Club”). The series’ music comes from Nick Cave (65) and Bad Seeds member Warren Ellis (57).

Controversial with critics and celebrated by viewers

Critics are so far divided over Dahmer. On the Rotten Tomatoes review group website, the series gets only 46 percent of good reviews. For example, Kayla Cobb of Decider praised the series for avoiding the threat of glorification of a killer and instead focusing on systemic failure. Caroline Framke of Variety is against it. It attests to the gradual tendency to exploit business. The series excels in its attempt to be a psychological author of a killer and a study of his social environment.

On the other hand, “Dahmer” was well received by viewers. They gave the series a positive 86 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Shock again and again”: criticism from relatives

Criticism of the figure comes from the victim’s relatives. “My (Isbells) family is pissed off at this show,” A relative of the murdered, Errol Lindsey, writes on Twitter. “It’s shocking over and over again, and why? How many films/shows/documentaries do we need?”. His cousin Rita Ispel was Errol’s sister Lindsay.

The series reproduces Rita Espel’s testimony in court hearing. In doing so, she attacked Jeffrey Dahmer in the courtroom and was stopped by the bailiffs. Isbell also commented on the series. “It was like getting everything back,” she wrote on Insider. “It brought back all the feelings I had at the time.”


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