The Netflix series catalog today welcomes a macabre member, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer a.k.a. The Butcher of Milwaukee.
Evan Petersstar of several seasons of ‘American Horror Story’, joins forces again with the co-creator Ryan Murphy to give life to one of the serial killers famous in the recent history of the United States, Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed 17 victims between 1978 and 1991.
‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story‘, told primarily from the perspective of these men who were murdered, will span Dahmer’s life from the 1960s to his arrest in the early 1990s in 10 chapters of around 50 minutes each.
Netflix has been exploiting for some time the macabre fascination aroused by serial killers, especially in the US, with countless true crime documentaries and live action adaptations like the one in which he starred. Zac Efron as Ted Bundy in 2019, titled ‘Extremely cruel, evil and wicked’. On October 7, for example, we will have the opportunity to complete the fringes that the series leaves us with a new installment of ‘conversations with killers‘ focused on Dahmer’s tapes, after in previous seasons he gave us goosebumps with Bundy’s own confessions or the “killer clown” John Wayne Gacy.
Who was Jeffrey Dahmer really and how did he commit his crimes?
Dahmer was born on May 21, 1960, began killing when he was 18 years old and left 17 victims before being arrested in 1991. Dahmer murdered 17 men of different ages, with a modus operandi which included rape, necrophilia, dismemberment and cannibalism.
He committed his first murder in 1978. Dahmer was an introverted and asocial teenager, who had begun to create a strange hobby of examining the carcasses of dead animals and he was an alcoholic already at such a young age. Dahmer picked up a hitchhiker, Steven Hicks, and convinced him to go to his house for a beer. After he hit him in the neck with a 10 kilo weight, dismembered him and buried his remains scattered in the family garden.
Dahmer entered and dropped out of college the following year, due to his alcoholism, and enlisted in the army where he served as a combat medic in Germany from 1979 to 1981. His drinking problems continued and he was dismissed from the force and sent to to live with his grandmother in Wisconsin. There he began to frequent gay bars and venues in the area, drugging and raping several men while lying unconscious.
Steven Tuomi, a man he met in one of these places, was his second victim in 1987. There began a spiral of violence that grew larger with each passing year. Dahmer began experimenting on his victims, trying to turn them into “zombies” that would bend to his will. He used many different techniques, such as drill holes into their skulls and inject hydrochloric acid or boiling water into their brains.
Dhamer murdered two more victims in 1988, one in 1989, four in 1990 and eight in 1991, until Tracy Edwards escaped her torture on July 22 of that year and, thanks to her testimony and the evidence found in Dahmer’s house, the murderer was arrested.. Police found four severed heads at his home (one in the freezer, next to a human heart), multiple photographs of the victims being dismembered, and an altar built with candles and skulls in her closet.
Dahmer was sentenced to 957 years in prison (15 life sentences), but only served 3. On November 28, 1994, he was attacked by another inmate and died on the way to the hospital due to head trauma.