How about Jeffrey Dahmer? The horrific facts of his crimes, though, may stick with you. Between 1978 and 1991, an American serial killer and sex offender became notorious for murdering 17 men and boys, frequently by strangling and mutilation and occasionally with necrophilia.
Emmy-winning actor Evan Peters will play Dahmer in the Netflix miniseries, which also features Richard Jenkins (Captain Fantastic) and Penelope Ann Miller (The Artist) as Dahmer’s parents, Lionel and Joyce.
What Is the Subject of “the Dahmer Story” on Netflix?
My Friend Dahmer is a comic novel written by Derf Backderf, who went to high school with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and is the inspiration for the program. The book delves into the serial killer’s final moments and comments on his transformation into a monstrosity.
The show provides a personal look at the formative moments that molded him into the murderer he became. Specifically, it highlights his battles with mental illness and family problems, such as his parent’s divorce.
The episode delves into the serial killer’s final days and touches on his monstrous upbringing.
Who Was the Initial Ohio Victim of Jeffrey Dahmer?
College student Steven Hicks, 21, was Jeffrey Dahmer’s first victim. Hicks was the first of many victims of serial killers and rapists.
On the evening of May 20, 1978, Hicks was hitchhiking and accepted a ride from Dahmer. A young guy was returning to Ohio from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he had been stationed after being discharged from the U.S. Army earlier that day.
When Hicks got into his car, he promised him drinks and a party at his apartment, but instead, he drove him around for almost two hours before killing him in Big Bay State Park on the coast of Lake Michigan by plunging a drill bit through his head and then dismembering his body.
A Star Is Born
As an actor and producer, Evan Peters is making headlines. The American Horror Story actress who won an Emmy has more than 40 credits on IMDb, including two projects that have been released recently on the streaming service: There’s the thriller November Criminals, about a mistreated youngster who chooses to take matters into his own hands by killing his bullies, and then there’s the film My Friend Dahmer, about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer before he committed any of his horrible acts.
Peters recently said about his role as the infamous serial killer in the film, “I understood that it would be challenging, but I felt so deeply linked to this person.
He told IndieWire he was interested in Dahmer because of how alone he was. What I wanted to know, he said, was why. What kind of person would do something like that?
The Netflix show investigates Dahmer’s upbringing and the variables that may have contributed to his development into one of the United States’ most notorious killers.
Like Peters mentioned, I felt we all had some accountability for how this story was portrayed, whether as producers, directors, screenwriters, actors or simply as members of the audience.
As far as he is concerned, the show’s overarching message is that anyone, even a seemingly harmless figure like Jeffrey Dahmer, is capable of acting violently.
Statistics show as Peters pointed out, that child mortality is highest in households when parents are absent or abusive.
Why This Role?
The planned project will investigate the controversial serial killer’s past and present, including his crimes, his incarceration, and his violent murder at the hands of a fellow inmate.
John Wayne Gacy in Milk (2008), Tate Langdon in American Horror Story: Murder House (2011), Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), and Quicksilver once more in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) are just a few of his previous roles (2016).
From 2018-2019, he also played the role of Kit Walker on Pose. He will also co-star with Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany in 2019’s Mindhunter and will co-star with Matt Smith in Mapplethorpe.
The film, which is based on the life of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, will delve into the sick mind of an apparently normal man who became a monster over the course of 17 years.
How many individuals he actually killed remains a mystery. But he also engaged in necrophilia and cannibalism, killing, dismembering, photographing, and finally disposing of the bodies of his victims.
The show explores the traumatic events that shaped Dahmer into one of the most infamous serial killers in American history.
His alcoholic father and mother, who suffered brain damage after being hit by a car when he was six years old, are also discussed. In addition to suffering from parental neglect, he is a gay teenager in 1980s Ohio amid the height of the AIDS crisis.
The Trailer Is Below
Dahmer, Lionel, and Joyce’s real-life parents, played by Richard Jenkins and Penelope Ann Miller, are also shown in the trailer. Jenkins explains that Jeffrey Dahmer has many layers in the video. Unconditional love is the theme of this tale.
The release date for the entire series is set for this coming Friday, November 16th. Dahmer confessed to the deaths of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991, with the vast majority of the killings occurring during a span of two years before his arrest in 1991.
Seven of the participants identified as members of a minority group, and the remaining participants were either lesbian or gay (six). To date, eight of his victims have been minors. He ate the flesh of some people while keeping their skulls or skeletons as souvenirs.
In 1992, he was given a sentence of 15 consecutive life terms plus a thousand years in prison, but it took three more trials before he was finally found guilty of all the murders he was accused of committing as prosecutors attempted to charge him with 17 counts of murder rather than 15. According to reports, his final words were “I would like my brain given for medical study.”