The relative of one of the victims of Jeffrey Dahmer spoke out against the new Netflix thriller, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, for “re-traumatizing” his family.
In the miniseries, based on the true crimes of serial killer Dahmer, the actor from Mare of EasttownEvan Peters stars as the man also known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal” and the “Milwaukee Monster,” who murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.
Since its premiere on the platform on September 22, some have found the gruesome scenes of the series, and many angry viewers believe it romanticizes and glorifies the tragic murders.
A courtroom scene went viral as it was compared side-by-side to the actual 1992 trial. In it, Rita Isbell (played by DaShawn Barnes), the older sister of 19-year-old victim Errol Lindsey, comes out screaming in pain. during his statement at trial.
Lindsey was strangled to death after Dahmer’s supposed experiment to keep him in a permanent zombie-like state failed. To try, he drilled holes in her head into which he poured hydrochloric acid.
“I am not going to tell anyone what it has to do, I know that the media about true crime they’re pretty popular right now but if you’re curious about the victims my family (the Isbell’s) are mad at this series,” user Ericthulu tweeted on Thursday (Sep 22), along with the viral clip.
“It is to re-traumatize again and again, and for what? How many movies/series/documentaries do we need?”
He continued: “I mean, recreating my cousin’s emotional breakdown by having in court in front of the man who tortured and murdered her brother is BRUTAL.”
In a separate post on his Instagram story, Eric wrote: “No I won’t 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 reached out to Eric for comment.
“It is very strange to receive attention because of someone else’s misery. Especially on a global scale. I am not naive to the fact that the murders and the true crime they are tabloid,” actor Shaun Brown, who plays Tracy Edwards, acknowledged in a Twitter post on Monday (September 21).
Edwards was Dahmer’s only surviving victim to successfully escape. She also played a role in the legal proceedings, which would ultimately convict Dahmer of his murders.
“However, I ask that when watching this series remember that these men were sons, best friends, cousins, uncles and had dreams, hopes and goals that never materialized. I have a lot of love for Tracy Edwards and I hope that through my performance you will feel it too, “concluded Brown.
“I hope they feel love for all the victims and maybe in time they will feel more love for each other.”
Here you can read more about the true story that inspired the series. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is now available to stream on Netflix.