The family of at least one of Jeffrey Dahmer's victims, who was murdered, has had enough of the current project that was based on his actual atrocities, to put it mildly. The new Netflix series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story just made its debut, featuring Evan Peters as the titular cannibal. The show focuses on Dahmer's atrocities, the botched police investigation that kept him from being apprehended sooner, as well as the effects the killings had on the families of the victims and the neighbourhood.
One particularly noteworthy event occurred during Dahmer's actual trial when Rita Isbell, the victim Errol Lindsey's sister, broke down in tears while making a statement in front of the jury. Isbell had to be restrained by police after becoming overcome with emotion and confronting Dahmer, who had killed her brother. The Lindsey's family is not pleased that the incident was reproduced for the new Netflix series.
Eric Perry, a cousin of Lindsey and Isbell, tweeted, "I'm not advising anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge rn, but if you're truly curious about the victims, my family (the Isbell's) are p*ssed about this show." It repeatedly retraumatizes, but for what reason? How many films, TV series, or documentaries do we require?
"Like recreating my cousin having an emotional breakdown in court in the face of the man who tortured and murdered her brother is WILD," Perry continued in a subsequent tweet after retweeting a video showing a side-by-side comparison of the Netflix reenactment series and the original clip. WIIIIIILD."
After the tweet received a lot of attention, Perry also published a follow-up tweet to address a common query. He made it clear that Netflix had no legal need to compensate them or even inform them that the series was in production, thus they weren't made aware of it until it was made widely known in the media.
To answer the main query, he responded, "No, they don't inform families when they do this. They don't need to notify (or pay!) anyone because everything is public record. My family learned before anyone else.
So when they claim to be acting in this manner "with respect to the victims" or "honouring the dignity of the families," nobody calls them, Perry continued. At this point, my cousins awaken every few months to a flurry of calls and messages informing them that another Dahmer show is about to air. It's vicious.
As Perry notes, there have been numerous movies, television programmes, and podcasts that have previously addressed the life and crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, making this merely the most recent endeavour to be inspired by him. After the debut of Monster: