Dahmer: Netflix original show controversy


Anh Tran, Staff Writer

On September 21st, 2022, Netflix released “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”.

Jeffery Dahmer was a serial killer and cannibal that murdered a total of 17 boys and men. Many of these men were people of color and/or gay, between 1978 and 1991.
This ten episode show directed by Ian Brennan and Ryan Murphy intends to tell his story. The show is described on Netflix as, “The story of one of the most notorious serial killers in the United States, largely told from the points of view of his victims.”

Although the show is receiving much love and support from audiences around the world, many people are not happy about it. More specifically, the victims’ families find the constant media coverage of the case exhausting. For years, they have had to relive the traumatic things experienced at the time of the murders.

Eric Perry, family member of victim Erroll Lindsay, tweeted, “I’m not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge [right now], but if you’re actually curious about the victims, my family (the Isbell’s) are pissed about this show. It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?” He continued in another tweet, affirming that, “No, they don’t notify families when they do this. It’s all public record, so they don’t have to notify (or pay!) anyone.” Eric’s family found out about the show like everyone else did.

However, this series is not the first. There are almost 20+ shows and movies on Dahmer’s life. Including “My Friend Dahmer”, starring Ross Lynch, “Jeff,” “Raising Jeffrey Dahmer,” and more! People have started to idolize these crimes. According to research,  the new series is the most watched show on his life than any other before.