A relative of one of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims has spoken out against Netflix’s new thriller, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, to “retraumatize” their family.
The show – based on the real-life crimes of serial killer Dahmer – stars the lead Mare of Easttown actor Evan Peters as the man also known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal” and “Milwaukee Monster”, who committed the murders and mutilations of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.
Since it hit the platform on September 22, some have found the show’s gruesome scenes sickening, with many angry viewers believing it romanticises and glorifies the tragic murders.
A courtroom scene has gone viral by drawing side-by-side comparisons to the actual trial from 1992. In it, Rita Isbell (portrayed by DaShawn Barnes), the older sister of 19-year-old victim Errol Lindsey, is seen crying out in pain during the trial her.
Lindsey was strangled to death after Dahmer’s alleged experiment to keep him in a permanent zombie-like state, by drilling holes in his head and pouring hydrochloric acid into it, failed.
“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 Isbells) are pissed off at this show,” an account called Ericthulu tweeted Thursday ( September 22), along with the viral clip.
“It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what? How many films/series/documentaries do we need?”
He continued: “Like recreating my cousin having an emotional breakdown in court facing the man who tortured and murdered her brother is WILD.”
In a separate post on his Instagram story, Eric wrote: “No, I’m not going to watch [Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story].
“No, my family is not happy,” he added. “RIP to my cousin Errol Lindsey and all the other victims.”
The independent have contacted Eric for comment.
“It’s very strange to get attention for other people’s misery. Especially on a global scale. I’m not naive to the fact that murder and true crime are sensational,” actor Shaun Brown, who plays Tracy Edwards, acknowledged in a Twitter post on Monday (Sept. 21).
Edwards was Dahmer’s only surviving victim to escape. He also played a role in the trial, which would ultimately convict Dahmer of his murders.
“But I pray that when you watch this show, you remember that these men were sons, best friends, cousins, uncles and had dreams, hopes and goals that were never realized. I have so much love for Tracy Edwards and I hope that you will do so through my portrayal as well, Brown concluded.
“I hope you have love for all the victims, and maybe in time you will have more love for each other.”
Read more about the true story that inspired the show here. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is available for streaming on Netflix.