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Top Netflix Series 'Dahmer-Monster' Stirs Controversy & Raises Ethical Concerns

The Netflix series Dahmer-Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is creating severe controversy. The show is based on the dark life and crimes of the now deceased rapist, kidnapper, and cannibal-serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In 1991, Jeffrey, also known as the Milwaukee Monster, was arrested for murdering 17 people that he sexually assaulted and dismembered. During his nationally publicized trial, Jeffrey admitted that he typically lured homosexual males to his apartment with the promise of money in exchange for sex before torturing them.

Rita Isbell, the sister of Dahmer's 19-year-old victim, Errol Lindsey, shared her grievances about the production with Inside Magazine ( She stated, "When I saw some of the show, it bothered me, especially when I saw myself — when I saw my name come across the screen and this lady saying verbatim exactly what I said. If I didn't know any better, I would've thought it was me. Her hair was like mine, she had on the same clothes. That's why it felt like reliving it all over again. It brought back all the emotions I was feeling back then. 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."

Rita's cousin, Eric Perry, also aired out his frustrations via Twitter; he stated, "I'm not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge rn, 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?"

More outrage about the serial murderer's grizzly crimes also involves race and sexuality. People are pointing the finger at Milwaukee's police department again for not practicing due diligence after receiving a complaint from a Laotian immigrant, Konerak Sinthasomphone, who escaped from the killer's apartment. During trial, it was revealed that after the naked, bruised, and bloody 14-year-old Konerak and others told the local police that Konerak needed assistance, the cops refused to provide him medical attention and took him back to Dahmer's apartment after Jeffrey convinced law enforcement that Konerak was his 19-year-old lover who was simply drunk. Shortly after, he killed Konerak and went to murder additional victims. Most of his victims were gay black males, and Milwaukee citizens feel that if Konerak were white, law enforcement would have properly investigated the Milwaukee Monster and prevented more murders from happening. (Konerak is pictured below. Photo Credit/Fox News)

Tracy Edwards was 32 years old when he was lured to Dahmer's apartment. By the grace of God, he escaped and was his final victim. While walking through town wearing handcuffs, he obtained police support and led authorities to the Milwaukee Monster's home to make an arrest.

About two years into his prison sentence, Dahmer was murdered in 1994 by a fellow inmate, Christopher Scarver. Scarver reported that Dahmer was typically cocky and often carried around a newspaper article that discussed his crimes. According to an article with, Scarver said he killed Dahmer and a second inmate, Jesse Anderson, after being left alone with the pair during cleaning duties. He said one of the men poked him in his back and then laughed at him. Scarver admitted to killing both men with a metal bar. He's now serving three life sentences. His son Christopher Scarver Jr. discussed the situation with CNN below:

Dahmer-Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is in Netflix's top 10 most-watched series, despite the negative criticism regarding the project.

Main Photo Credits: Eugene Garcia-AFP/Getty Images


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