Search icon


23rd Sep 2022

Netflix viewers warned over new Jeffrey Dahmer series after some unable to make it through first episode

Steve Hopkins

Viewers really struggled with the story of one particular victim

Netflix viewers have been urged to look after their mental health after some were unable to make it through the first episode of the new dramatisation on Jeffrey Dahmer and others reported it being “too disturbing”.

You can watch the trailer for Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story below

The prolific serial killer was convicted of murdering 15 men and boys between 1978 and 1991 and sentenced to serve 15 consecutive life sentences in February 1997.

During a 13-year period, Dahmer murdered at least 17 men, most young, gay African Americans who he lured back to his home by promising to pay them to pose nude for photographs. He then drugged and strangled them and generally mutilated and ocassionally cannibalised their bodies.

He was arrested in July 22, 1991 and entered a plea of guilty but insane in 15 of the 17 murders he confessed to committing.

Two years after being jailed, Dahmer, then aged 34, was killed by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver.

The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which dropped on Netflix on Wednesday, sees Evan Peters star as the famed murderer and while reviews of his performance have been positive, many viewers have found the series difficult to watch.

One person said they couldn’t even make it through the first episode as it made them mad, with others noting the fact that most of Dahmer’s victims were LGBTQ+ POC.

Although the Milwaukee Monster, as he was also known, has been explored in many documentaries, films, books, and news articles, this crucial detail about exactly who he targeted hasn’t been a central theme.

The new series hopes to highlight the “systemic prejudice and police prejudices” that allowed Dahmer to carry out his crimes for so many years.

Rashad Robinson, consulting producer of the show and president of Color Of Change, said that while Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is about the serial killer, it’s also a story about the victims and the impact that Dahmer and local leaders’ compliance had on their communities.

“At its core, this is a story of deep and systemic injustice, of people who were harmed and all the ways in which society failed them,” Robinson said in an interview shared by Ryan Murphy productions.

After the show aired on Netflix, a Twitter discussion about the heartbreaking story of one of Dahmer’s victims Tony Hughes, who was deaf and mute, saw one person say: “Just make sure to take care of your mental [health].

“The truth about Dahmer and how he was able to get away with this is a lot. It’s way too real.”

Another said: “Tried watching the Jeff Dahmer series but it was too disturbing.”

A third added: “I can’t handle this new Jeffrey Dahmer ting man what the f**k is going on, nobody ain’t even died yet but they’re showing some mad things.”

Related links: