Family of Jeffrey Dahmer victim slams Netflix for new series

The Jeffrey Dahmer murders are in the Hollywood spotlight, and the family of one of his victims isn’t too happy about it.

On Wednesday, Netflix released Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, a series co-created by Ryan Murphy (Pose, American Crime Story) and starring Evan Peters as the titular killer. But just a day after the series hit the platform, Eric Perry tweeted that the series is making his family relive the nightmare of Errol Lindsey’s murder.

“I don’t tell anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge but if you’re really curious about the victims my family (the Isbells) is mad at this show,” he said in one tweet on Thursday.

Perry retweeted a video that appeared to compare a scene from the Netflix series to real court footage of Rita Isbell, Lindsey’s sister, attacking Dahmer. In the scene, actor DaShawn portrays Barnes Isbell and lunges at Peters’ Dahmer before being stopped by court security.

in one follow up tweetPerry said, “like the re-enactment of my cousin having an emotional breakdown in court over the man who tortured and murdered her brother is WILD.”

From the late ’70s to early ’90s, Dahmer killed 17 people, most of whom were people of color. However, Monster isn’t the first or only entertainment project to follow Dahmer’s crimes. The killer’s rampage has been the subject of dozens of television, film, and podcast projects.

“It keeps getting retraumatized, and for what?” Perry said in his first post. “How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?”

In another few tweets On Thursday night, Perry shared that the creative teams behind true crime projects “do not notify families when they do this” because it is “all public records.”

“My family found out when everyone else did,” he said.

“So if they say they’re doing it ‘with respect for the victims’ or ‘honouring the dignity of families,’ no one gets in touch with them,” he continued. “My cousins ​​are waking up to a series of calls and texts every few months at this point, knowing there’s another Dahmer show coming up. It’s cruel.”

Other Twitter users expressed their support for Perry and his family and also criticized Netflix for doing so “despicable” and “Sick” repetition of events. More users brought about the glorification of serial killers and the popularity of the true crime genre.

“True crime media is huge business and thrives on the pain and re-traumatization of victims and their families,” a Twitter user said @shortk8ttv said in a retweet. “I encourage everyone to consider these real people when choosing your entertainment and to ask yourself how you would feel if you were in the same situation.”

“If you can’t change the narrative, if you don’t care about the ethics, if you’re not really invested in the victims’ stories, don’t make a film.” tweeted author Hallie Rubenhold. “Unethical true crime comes at a price.”

Netflix did not immediately respond to The Times request for comment on Friday.

Even before the series was canceled, Netflix was getting hot for a trailer published last Friday.

“Idk on some of y’all but I don’t think the killings of black gay men should be used for entertainment or profit.” said one user.

“Do serial killers really need that much screen time?” said another Twitter user wrote.

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Sarah Ridley

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