Jeffrey Dahmer Netflix doc rekindles trauma for families of victims

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Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story started streaming on Netflix in late September and it’s been one of the hottest topics on social media ever since.

I got into the latest frenzy when I was browsing Facebook and came across a status from a friend of mine who is a black, gay man. He said, “Dammer. I don’t watch it. You all appreciate.

Because I didn’t know the story, I watched it over the weekend and immediately understood why he and others were so against the show. It’s bloody, traumatic, triggering and really, just not what we need.

Jeffrey Dahmer was a deranged serial killer and cannibal whose the reign of terror began in the late 1970s. Over 13 years, he murdered 17 mostly gay boys and men of color until he was captured in 1991 when he attempted to murder his 18th victim.

Jeffrey Dahmer’s story back on the big screen

Although the series is well written, directed, and acted, it brought to light the lingering injustices and traumas that the black community still faces today. Clearly there is no rush to protect black communities, especially when it comes to protecting them from white people.

And second, it perpetuates this persistent trend of traumatic pornography and sensational murder and criminal activity for entertainment and profit.

Co-creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan have done a good job of providing a different, rawer portrayal of how the city of Milwaukee — specifically the police department — has been grossly negligent in its handling and possible prevention of murders. However, this effort was somewhat canceled in the attempt to humanize Dahmer.

One of the main characters in the limited biographical crime drama is Glenda Cleveland (played by Niecey Nash) who is Jeffrey Dahmer’s neighbor in the predominantly black, low-income community. It’s worth noting that in real life, Cleveland didn’t live next door to Dahmer (played by Evan Peters). She makes it lived in the building next to the Oxford flats but in an effort to focus on the police’s bias, the writers merged her with another neighbor into a single character.

In the film, Glenda repeatedly and desperately calls the Milwaukee Police Department to report strange happenings at Dahmer’s apartment – physical struggles between people, screaming, intolerable smells of what Dahmer claims is stale food but actually rotting flesh. For the most part, its alerts are ignored.

One of the most egregious incidents occurred when Dahmer was victimized 14 years old Konerak Sinthasomphone. Konerak managed to escape when Dahmer went to the liquor store and was found naked, drugged and incoherent outside the Oxford apartments. When the police arrived on the scene, Glenda begged them to investigate but Dahmer convinced them that Sinthasomphone was her overly drunk boyfriend who was upset because they had a disagreement. The police allowed Dahmer to take Sinthasomphone in his apartment where he was eventually murdered.

Ronald Flowers was also another potential victim of Dahmer.

In the series, Flowers was drugged by Dahmer at his grandmother’s house after accepting help with her broken down car. Dahmer’s grandmother, suspected of her grandson’s activities, sat with Flowers in the living room until he was somewhat coherent. She then orders Dahmer to escort Flowers to public transportation so he can return home.

Flowers eventually ends up in the hospital where he discovers he was drugged. When he goes to the police department to file a complaint and drives the officer to Dahmer’s house, the officer dismisses his claims that it was his word against Jeffrey’s. While Flowers was able to escape with his life, Dahmer’s murder spree continued three years after this incident.

The families of the victims outraged by the film

Despite portraying the Dahmer murders in terms of injustice, the families of the victims and others are embarrassed by the series.

Rita Isbell, sister of Errol Lindsey, one of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims, shared his thoughts with Initiated. She said neither she nor her family were contacted by Netflix during the making of the series and that watching the scene of her confrontation with Dahmer in the courtroom was again traumatic.

In a tweetanother member of the Isbell family says:I don’t tell anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge, but if you’re really curious about the victims, my family (the Isbells) are pissed off about this show. It’s re-traumatizing again and again, and why? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need? »

Another Twitter user said“Wait?? why did Netflix remake a documentary about Jeffrey Dahmer like there weren’t already 3 previous documentaries on it? Capitalism is sick and it really upsets the victims.

There is already several films and documentaries on the Milwaukee Cannibal. Do we need another? Regardless of the attempt to shine a light on police bias against black and LGBTQ+ communities (which we are all aware of) and offer more information on why Jeffrey Dahmer murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys innocent, the families of the victims could’ve done without reliving the trauma of losing their loved ones. And the world would be better off without another disturbing “entertainment” romanticizing a serial killer.

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