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Netflix Jeffrey Dahmer series is so ‘disturbing’ viewers forced to ‘turn it off’


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A new true crime series has recently been released on Netflix that leaves even the most experienced crime enthusiasts with an uncomfortable feeling. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story tells the story of American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and while the series is currently hugely popular, some say it’s actually “too horrible” to watch. “I’ve had to turn it off three times already,” it sounds on Twitter.

Jeffrey Dahmer brutally abused and murdered 17 young men between 1978 and 1991. He was also known as ‘the Milwaukee cannibal’, because he saved and ate parts of his victims. In the ten episodes of the Netflix series, you can see how Dahmer ‘brought in’ his victims and his actions are also graphically re-enacted.

Dahmer’s story is not only infamous for the horror he inflicted on his victim, but also for the failure of the police. In the series, you see how Dahmer was able to go about his business for years thanks to his white privilege as a white man. The police often took his side and concerns and reports from black neighbours were not taken seriously, for example. This cost the lives of many men of colour in particular.

Many people say on social media that they are impressed by Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. In particular, actor Evan Peters, who plays Jeffrey Dahmer, receives many compliments for how well he portrays the killer. But the fact that the series is so realistic also makes it difficult to watch according to some. “If you can binge this, you’re sick,” he tweeted. “I hope Evan Peters gets therapy after this rendition because this role is insane.”

In other comments, people indicate that they normally like to binge crime series, but that this title really makes them feel too nauseous. ” It’s too much. It’s traumatizing and I’m only half an hour from the first episode.”

As much as the series gets praise for the fine acting and filming, not everyone is happy with the fact that Dahmer’s story is being told. For example, relatives of Errol Lindsey, one of Dahmer’s victims, have announced on Twitter that they have not been informed of the Netflix plans. That while, according to cousin Eric, the series is traumatizing. “My family is angry about the series. It retraumatizes again and again, for what? How many films, series and documentaries do we need?”

Rita, Errol’s sister, has also responded. The series features a scene where her emotional speech in court is accurately re-enacted. “If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that was me. It felt like I was reliving everything again. It brought back all the emotions I felt then,” she says in Insider. “Netflix should have asked how we felt about it, but they didn’t ask me. They just did it.”

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