The True Story of Cannibal Killer Jeffrey Dahmer


      America (and the world in general) is fascinated with serial killers. So much so that a famous cannibal like Jeffrey Dahmer has been played by Jeremy Renner, Ross Lynch and now Evan Peters, all of them in projects released in the last decade. Audiences can’t get enough of the true crime story revolving around the man known as the “Monster of Milwaukee,” but who exactly was he?

      That is precisely the question being asked. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Storythe new Netflix limited series directed by Ryan Murphy, known for his work on american crime story, intends to put an end to this issue. Focusing on the point of view of Jeffrey Dahmer’s 17 victims, the 10-episode miniseries dramatizes the failed efforts of police to track down and capture the serial killer for more than 13 years across Wisconsin, between 1978 and 1991. During that time, the former army medical specialist (Dahmer was discharged for alcohol abuse) committed gruesome murders of young men and boys, keeping their body parts for later eating.

      According to Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, there were at least 10 cases in which Dahmer came close to being arrested, but was finally set free. The chilling series also hopes to reveal the “communities affected by the systemic racism and institutional failures of policing that allowed one of America’s most notorious serial killers to continue his killing spree in plain sight for more than a decade.” . He was finally caught in 1992 and sentenced to 16 consecutive life sentences, after a full confession. Although he pleaded “guilty but insane” after being diagnosed with various psychotic disorders, Dahmer was declared legally sane during his trial. In November 1994, after only two years behind bars, he was beaten to death by a fellow prisoner.

      Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story eIt stars Evan Peters as the serial killer, alongside Richard Jenkins, Molly Ringwald, Penelope Ann Miller and Michael Learned as members of the Dahmer family. Niecy Nash also joins them as Glenda Cleveland, Dahmer’s neighbor, who tried to warn the authorities about her behavior. Murphy co-executive produces alongside his frequent collaborator Ian Brennan and writer Janet Mock. The entire series is available on Netflix. You can watch it as fast as you want, but be sure to balance that true crime series binge with a romantic comedy also. Netflix has a little bit of everything for everyone, you know.

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