Netflix’s latest addition to its true crime canon is a thriller from Ryan Murphy, exploring the case of one of America’s most notorious serial killers: Jeffrey Dahmer.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story stars Easttown Mare actor Evan Peters as the man also known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal” or the “Milwaukee Monster” who committed the murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.
Here are the key points you need to know about the true story behind the show…
**Warning: This article contains disturbing content***
Dahmer was born in 1960, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to a teletype machine instructor and a chemist.
There are conflicting reports as to whether Dahmer was neglected as a child or adored, but there seems to be no question that he came from a broken home. His mother suffered from depression and attempted suicide, and his father was studying outside of him for much of his childhood. Dahmer’s parents finally divorced when he was 18 years old.
Dahmer was a quiet child, who underwent double hernia surgery at the age of three. The family moved to Ohio when Dahmer was about six years old and his younger brother, David, was born.
Dahmer was interested in dead animals, specifically animal bones, from an early age, something that is believed to have started when he saw his father pull animal bones out from under their house. He began collecting insects and the skeletons of small animals, such as squirrels, and preserving them in jars of formaldehyde. His father showed him how to whiten and preserve animal bones, and Dahmer began collecting roadkill so he could dissect them and add more bones to his collection.
In high school, Dahmer was an outcast. He drank a lot and said that alcohol was his “medicine” for his classmates. Although the teachers thought he had good academic potential, his grades were average. Having previously been quiet, he began to make fake attacks and make fun of people with cerebral palsy.
In his early teens, Dahmer had a brief relationship with another teenager, but he did not tell his parents that he was gay. She later admitted that she fantasized about dominating a submissive male partner, and that these fantasies had begun to involve dissecting her.
Dahmer committed his first murder three weeks after graduating from high school in 1978. One day in June, he picked up 18-year-old hitchhiker Steven Mark Hicks, lured him to his house for some “beers,” and beat him with a dumbbell. Dahmer strangled Hicks to death, undressed him, masturbated him, dissected the body, and buried the remains in a shallow grave in his back garden. He later dug up the body so he could dissolve it in acid and crush and spread the bones.
Shortly after, Dahmer joined the US Army for a few years. He continued to drink heavily. In 1981, he was released and, in the mid-1980s, back in Milwaukee, he began frequenting gay public restrooms where he sedated men and assaulted them. In the late 1980s he committed his second murder, this time of a man he took back to a hotel. He then began carrying out robberies and murders at his grandmother’s house.
Dahmer’s grandmother asked him to move out, in large part because of his drinking, his habit of bringing young men back late at night, and foul odors emanating from both the basement and garage, where Dahmer stored and disposed of their victims. He moved into an apartment in Milwaukee and the killings and dismemberments continued into the 1990s.
Many of his later murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of the skeleton.
Despite having been arrested several times in his life, once for groping a child, authorities only discovered Dahmer’s murderous activities when he was arrested after one of his victims escaped in 1991. He was running down a Milwaukee street with a pair of handcuffs hanging from a wrist. Tracy Edwards told police that Dahmer was trying to kill him.
At Dahmer’s apartment that day, police found severed heads and body parts in his refrigerator, freezer, file cabinet and kettle.
In 1992, Dahmer was jailed for life. He failed to convince the jury that his cannibalism and necrophilia were the result of insanity, even though he was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, and psychotic disorder. He was given 15 consecutive life sentences and told that he would never be eligible for parole.
His trial included some of the most horrific evidence ever heard in a US court. In his statement in court, Dahmer said, “I never wanted freedom. Frankly, I wanted death for myself. I knew he was sick or unwell or both.
“The doctors have informed me about my illness and now I have some peace. I know how much damage I have caused. I feel so bad for what I did to those poor families.”
Dahmer was later sentenced to 16 years to life for an additional homicide committed in Ohio in 1978.
On November 28, 1994, Dahmer was beaten to death by Christopher Scarver, a fellow inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin.
More than 20 years after the incident, Scarver spoke for the first time about why he killed Dahmer.
Scarver said he fatally hit Dahmer twice in the head with a metal bar after he was baffled by the killer, who he said fashioned severed limbs from prison food and doused them with ketchup packets as blood. .
“He would put them in places where people would be,” Scarver said. The New York Post.
“He crossed the line with some people: prisoners, prison staff. Some people who are in prison are sorry, but he was not one of them.”
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story arrives on Netflix on September 22.
Source : www.independent.co.uk