Mark J. Price
Jeffrey Dahmer – Akron, Ohio’s most infamous son – is the subject of Netflix’s new series “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.”
The notorious serial killer, who grew up in Bath Township, Ohio, is the title character in Netflix’s ‘Dahmer,’ a 10-episode series that will explore the murders and dismemberments of 17 men and boys that occurred between 1978 and 1991 at the hands of Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster.
Emmy-winning actor Evan Peters, 35, stars in the miniseries as Dahmer, and also stars Richard Jenkins and Penelope Ann Miller as parents Lionel and Joyce Dahmer. The cast also includes Niecy Nash as Glenda Cleveland, Michael Learned as Catherine Dahmer, Molly Ringwald as Shari Dahmer.
“Dahmer” is rated TV-MA for “substances, language, violence, nudity, gore, sexual violence and smoking,” according to the Netflix show page.
Here’s what we know about the new Netflix series.
What is Netflix’s ‘The Dahmer Story’ about?
“Dahmer” exposes the horrific and unconscionable crimes the serial killer acted on from 1978 to 1991. According to Netflix, the series is “focused on underserved victims and their communities impacted by systemic racism and institutional failures in policing. which allowed one of America’s most notorious serial killers to continue his murderous streak in plain sight for over a decade.”
Emmy-winning producer, director and screenwriter Ryan Murphy created the series with Ian Brennan. Murphy and Brennan also serve as executive producers on the show.
Murphy’s previous shows include “Popular”, “Glee”, “Nip/Tuck”, “American Horror Story”, “Scream Queens”, “Pose”, “American Crime Story”, “9-1-1″, ” 9-1-1: Lone Star” and “Ratched”.
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Who was Jeffrey Dahmer’s first victim in Ohio?
Dahmer’s killing spree began on June 18, 1978, after he picked up 18-year-old Steven M. Hicks, who was hitchhiking along a road in Ohio after a concert. He drove the youngster to the Dahmer house on the pretext of having a few beers. When Hicks attempted to leave, Dahmer killed him, dismembered the body, and scattered the remains in his yard.
Dahmer moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he killed 16 more people.
Police arrested him in July 1991 after a handcuffed man escaped from his apartment, where officers later discovered human skulls and other remains.
Two patrol officers have been fired after it was revealed that officers brought a drugged and naked 14-year-old boy back to Dahmer’s flat following an escape attempt. Dahmer convinced them that the youngster was her drunken boyfriend. When the police left, Dahmer killed the teenager.
Dahmer confessed to 17 murders and was sentenced to life in prison. A fellow inmate beat him to death in 1994 at Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin. He was 34 years old.
How did Evan Peters research his role as Jeffrey Dahmer?
In a 2021 interview with Variety, Peters explained his research into the role of the killer.
“I’ve read so much, I’ve watched so much, I’ve seen so much, and at some point you have to say, ‘Okay, that’s enough,'” Peters said. “There are beautifully written scripts. You can have all the backstory you want, but at the end of the day, we don’t make documentaries.
“It’s more about maintaining the idea and the guiding line of why you’re telling the story and always having that as your guide. But there’s so much material for Dahmer that I think it’s extremely important to make it really authentic.
Peters won an Emmy in 2021 for a supporting role in the HBO miniseries “Mare of Easttown,” a crime drama starring Kate Winslet as a detective in Pennsylvania.
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Coincidentally, Peters appeared opposite Dahmer’s character in the fifth season of Murphy’s “American Horror Story” on FX in 2015-2016. Actor Seth Gabel played Dahmer in a supernatural tale about a Los Angeles hotel where the ghosts of serial killers, including John Wayne Gacy, Aileen Wuornos and Richard Ramirez, congregate. Peters played the sinister innkeeper.
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Here are two more films about Jeffrey Dahmer
Dahmer also appeared on the big screen in “My Friend Dahmer,” a 2017 film based on the award-winning graphic novel by former classmate John “Derf” Backderf.
Former Disney Channel star Ross Lynch received positive reviews for his portrayal of Dahmer as a troubled youngster. The supporting cast includes Alex Wolff as Backderf, Anne Heche as Joyce Dahmer, and Dallas Roberts as Lionel Dahmer. Directed by Marc Meyers, the R-rated film includes scenes filmed at Dahmer’s childhood home.
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Future ‘Avengers’ star Jeremy Renner played the serial killer in the 2002 horror film ‘Dahmer’. David Jacobson wrote and directed the low-budget film, which is also available on Netflix.
Jeffrey Dahmer has been dead for nearly 30 years, but he continues to haunt pop culture.