The families of victims of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer are unhappy with Netflix’s latest series about him.
“Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” has been slammed by the family of a victim, who says Netflix never even approached them.
Eric Perry, a cousin of Dahmer victim Errol Lindsey, tweeted last week, “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 Isbell’s) are pissed about this show. It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?,” asked.
He quote tweeted side-by-side videos of Errol’s sister Rita Isbell in court in 1992 next to the actress who plays her in “Monster.”
“Like recreating my cousin having an emotional breakdown in court in the face of the man who tortured and murdered her brother is WILD. WIIIIIILD,” wrote Perry.
In a later tweet, he added, “No, they don’t notify families when they do this. It’s all public record, so they don’t have to notify (or pay!) anyone. My family found out when everyone else did.”
In a first-person essay for Insider, Rita Isbell wrote, “I was never contacted about the show. I feel like Netflix should’ve asked if we mind or how we felt about making it. They didn’t ask me anything. They just did it.”
It’s the latest in a long line of films and documentaries about Dahmer, and social media was also full of warnings as the show began to trend.
As some learned more about the story of the real-life serial killer through Evan Peters’ portrayal, others pleaded with viewers not to fantasize about him or romanticize the killer simply because of the actor portraying the figure.
Many more urged people to remember the victims: the 17 men and boys that Dahmer was convicted of killing in 1992.