Jeffrey Dahmer series sheds new light on monster’s story


Francisco Gonzalez, Reporter

“DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” is a new Netflix limited series focusing on the life of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered and dismembered 17 boys and men from 1978 to 1991.

The Netflix series, released Sept. 21 and produced by Ryan Murphy, follows the story of the famous serial killer (played by “American Horror Story” alum Evan Peters)–from his childhood to his first kill to the moment he was caught and to the day he died.

The story is told mainly from the victims’ points of view and “dives deeply into the police incompetence and apathy that allowed the Wisconsin native to go on a multiyear killing spree,” according to Peter White’s review on

A relative of one of Dahmer’s victims states that it is retraumatizing victims’ families and giving attention to a story that should not be sensationalized. They also feel that the Netflix series is trying to profit off Dahmer’s story, of which they do not approve.

The series tries to focus on the situation in general instead of just one time point or one person’s point of view. The series also makes a serious attempt to try to clarify Dahmer’s mental state, or even diagnose him in a way and look into what made him the way he was, which angers families of the victims because they feel that the series is making excuses for him, or trying to make the audience feel bad for Dahmer.

In the end it is unclear whether viewers will get an explanation as to why he did what he did. It is also unclear whether the families will take legal action against the series, but for now, all streamers can do is sit back and watch.