The negligence and biases of the authorities they allowed Jeffrey Dahmer to extend his killing spree for years. It is the thesis that from fiction tries to unfold Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Storythe Netflix miniseries that has become a must comment in recent days.
Co-created by Ian Brennan and Ryan Murphy, the production begins at the end, when in July 1991 Tracy Edwards -who came close to becoming his 18th victim- managed to escape from his apartment and notify the police, causing his arrest and subsequent sentence to 15 life sentences.
Then, in its remaining nine episodes, the miniseries delves into his childhood and youth, and the lurid circumstances surrounding his crimes over 13 years. Some nuances also appear in this development, particularly in relation to the lives of the 17 men and adolescents he murdered between 1978 and 1991 (sensitive details below).
The first of them was Steven Hicks. He was 18 years old (same age as his victimizer) when he was picked up by Dahmer on the road and enticed to go to his family home, where he was alone at the time.
In the place they shared beers, talked and listened to music, until Hicks tried to leave the building. At that time he was hit on the back of the head and strangled. Afterwards, he masturbated over his corpse, dissected his body and buried his remains. His story appears towards the end of the third chapter.
According to his own confession, he committed his second crime nine years later, in 1987. She met Steven Tuomi, 25, at a bar and they went together to the room Dahmer was staying in at the Ambassador Hotel in Milwaukee. The murderer said that when he woke up he found his companion with his chest “crushed” and with blood coming out of the corner of it. According to what he recounted, he had no intention of killing him, but he wanted to drug him and explore his body.
He left the crime scene and took Tuomi’s body to his grandmother’s house in West Allis, Wisconsin, where he was living at the time. Days later, she dismembered him and got rid of all his remains, except for his skull, which she decided to keep for two weeks.
From that year, and until his arrest in mid-1991, Dahmer completed another 15 murders against men between the ages of 14 and 32which the Netflix miniseries addresses without following a linear story.
One of his victims in 1991, Konerak Sinthasomphone (14), was the brother of Somsack, a teenager he met in 1988 and lured into his apartment by offering him money in exchange for him posing in nude photos. At his house he drugged and abused him, for which Somsack reported him to the police. Although Dahmer was charged with second-degree sexual assault, he actually spent only a week in jail.
She was still on parole when a similar invitation was extended to Konerak, who accepted. After he was drugged and received an injection of hydrochloric acid in the brain, the young man managed to leave the apartment, triggering three women to contact the police.
Dahmer explained the situation by ensuring that he was her boyfriend, who was of legal age and was drunk. In this way he managed to circumvent the authority and murdered the teenager during the same morning. He kept the head of it and got rid of the rest of the body.
Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story dedicate a complete episode (the sixth, called silenced) to the case of Anthony “Tony” Hughes, a deaf young man who was 31 years old when he met Dahmer in a gay bar. He was pursuing a modeling career and was visiting his family when his fate intersected with that of the “Milwaukee Butcher.”
Communicating through written notes, she convinced him to come to her house under the guise of posing for photographs. His end was no different from others: the serial killer strangled him and left his body on the floor for three days, before dismembering him and keeping his skull.
Errol Lindsey, a 19-year-old, was Dahmer’s second victim in 1991 and the first on whom he experimented.
After inviting him to his apartment, he drugged him and injected hydrochloric acid into his brain. According to the investigation, he woke up, but his victimizer strangled him and dismembered his body. As in several other cases, he kept his skull, which was found by police in the middle of that year.
Isbell Lindsey, Errol’s sister, showed her outrage with the Ian Brennan and Ryan Murphy miniseriesparticularly with the way he approaches his testimony during the trial.
“When I saw myself, when I saw my name on the screen and this lady saying word for word exactly what I said,” she told Insider. “She brought back to Me all the emotions that she was feeling at that moment. They never contacted me about the series. I feel like Netflix should have asked if we cared or how we felt about doing it”.
“I could understand if they gave some of the money to the children of the victims. Not necessarily their families. I mean, I’m older. I am very comfortable. But the victims have children and grandchildren. If the series benefited them in any way, it wouldn’t feel so harsh and neglected.”
Earlier, Errol Lindsey’s cousin Eric said, “It means retraumatizing over and over and over again. And for what? How many more movies, series and documentaries do we need? Recreating my cousin having an emotional breakdown at trial in front of the man who tortured and killed her brother is wild.”