Mark J Price
Jeffrey Dahmer – Akron, Ohio’s most famous son – is the subject of the new Netflix series Dahmer – The Beast: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
The infamous serial killer, who grew up in Bath, Ohio, is the main character in Netflix’s “Dahmer,” a 10-episode series that explores the murders and dismemberment of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991 at the hands of Dahmer, aka Milwaukee. Cannibal or Milwaukee Monster.
Emmy Award-winning actor Evan Peters, 35, plays Dahmer, and Richard Jenkins and Penelope Ann Miller co-star as parents Lionel and Joyce Dahmer. The cast also includes Niecy Nash as Glenda Cleveland, Michael Learned as Catherine Dahmer, and Molly Ringwald as Shari Dahmer.
TV-MA “Dahmer” has been categorized as “material, language, violence, nudity, blood, sexual violence and smoking,” according to the Netflix show page.
Here’s what we know about the new Netflix series.
What is the story of “The Dahmer” from Netflix?
“Dahmer” exposes the heinous and unreasonable crimes committed by the serial killer from 1978-1991. According to Netflix, the series centers around disenfranchised victims and their communities affected by systemic racism and the institutional failure of the police that allowed one of America’s most notorious serial killers to continue a killing spree in full view of more than a decade.
Emmy Award-winning producer, director, and writer Ryan Murphy created the show with Ian Brennan. Murphy and Brennan also serve as executive producers for the show.
Murphy’s previous shows include “Popular,” “Glee,” “Nip/Tuck,” “American Horror Story,” “Scream Queens,” “Pose,” “American Crime Story,” “9-1-1,” and “9- 1-1: Lone Star” and “Ratched”.
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Who was the first victim of Jeffrey Dahmer in Ohio?
Dahmer’s murder spree began on June 18, 1978, after he picked up 18-year-old Stephen M. Hicks, who was cruising along a road in Ohio after a prom. He drove the young man to Dahmer’s house under the guise of having a little beer. When Hicks tried to leave, Dahmer killed him, dismembering the body and scattering the remains around his yard.
Dahmer moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he killed another 16 people.
Police arrested him in July 1991 after a handcuffed man fled his apartment, where officers later found human skulls and other remains.
Two patrolmen were fired after it was revealed that officers returned a drugged 14-year-old boy to Dahmer’s apartment after an escape attempt. Dahmer convinced them that the young man was his drunken friend. When the police left, Dahmer killed the teen.
Dahmer confessed to 17 murders and was sentenced to life imprisonment. A colleague beat him to death in 1994 at Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin. He was 34 years old.
How did Evan Peters look for his role playing Jeffrey Dahmer?
In a 2021 interview with VarietyPeters explained his search for the role of the killer.
“You read a lot, you watch a lot, you see a lot, and at a certain point you have to say, ‘Okay, that’s enough,’” Peters said. You can have all the backstory you want, but at the end of the day we’re not making a documentary.
“It’s more about keeping the idea and the line through why you’re telling the story and always making that your guiding light. But there’s a lot of material for Dahmer that I think is very important to make it really original.”
Peters won an Emmy in 2021 for his supporting role in HBO Mare of Easttown miniseries, crime drama starring Kate Winslet as a Pennsylvania detective.
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Coincidentally, Peters appeared as the opposite of Dahmer in Season 5 of Murphy “American Horror Story” on FX in 2015-2016. Actor Seth Gabel played Dahmer in a supernatural story about a Los Angeles hotel where the ghosts of serial killers, including John Wayne Gacy, Aileen Wuornos and Richard Ramirez, congregate. Peters played the evil bar owner.
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Dahmer also appeared on the big screen in the 2017 movie “My Friend Dahmer” based on the award-winning graphic novel by John “Derv” Packdera former classmate.
Former Disney Channel star Ross Lynch has received positive reviews for his portrayal of Dahmer as a troubled young man. The supporting cast includes Alex Wolff as Backderf, Anne Heche as Joyce Dahmer, and Dallas Roberts as Lionel Dahmer. Directed by Mark Myers, the R-rated film includes scenes shot in his actual childhood home in Dahmer.
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Future “Avengers” star Jeremy Renner played the serial killer in the 2002 horror film “Dahmer”. David Jacobson wrote and directed the low-budget film, which is also available to view on Netflix.
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