A new limited series about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer has just dropped on Netflix, true crime junkies will want to add it to their to-watch list.
The series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is co-created by Ryan Murphy of American Horror Story and his regular collaborator Ian Brennan. Murphy is also an executive producer.
Actor Evan Peters plays Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Jenkins plays Jeffrey’s father, Molly Ringwald plays his stepmother and Niecy Nash plays her neighbor.
While reactions to the show have been positive so far, some people have advised viewers to be careful of their own mental health. Some even said that they couldn’t finish the first episode because it drove them crazy.
Others pointed to the fact that most of Dahmer’s victims were black and LGBTQ+, as he suspected the police were unlikely to be looking for them.
Who is Jeffrey Dahmer?
It all started in 1978 when Jeffrey murdered his first victim.
Jeffrey, who had just graduated from high school, picked up Steven Hicks and brought him back to his parents in Ohio. He gave Hicks alcohol, had sex with him, and then when Hicks tried to leave, Jeffrey punched him in the head and strangled him with a barbell.
“I always knew it was wrong,” Dahmer told Inside Edition in 1993. “The first murder wasn’t planned. I was coming back from the mall in 1978. I had fantasies about picking up a hitchhiker, driving him home, and having total control over him. »
Between 1978 and 1991, he murdered 16 other people. Additionally, he had sex with some of their corpses, retained some body parts, and ate others, according to reports at the time.
Jeffrey was charged with 15 counts of first degree murder during his 1992 trial in Milwaukee. He first pleaded not guilty, then pleaded guilty by reason of insanity.
After 10 hours of deliberation, a jury found Jeffrey guilty on all counts and he was sentenced to 15 consecutive life sentences and a sixteenth life sentence in Ohio in May of the same year.
After the trial, Jeffrey was sent to Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin. He was initially kept away from the general population, but eventually convinced officials to allow him to mingle with other inmates.