Dahmer – Monster: Jeffrey Dahmer Story creator Ryan Murphy says he’s contacted the families of the victims and hasn’t received a single response.
By Joshua Jones | Published
Ryan Murphy’s Jeffrey Dahmer series has undoubtedly got people theorizing and discussing the serial killer’s motivations and the effect he had on the victim’s families. Responding to some fan criticism online, Murphy said he first tried to contact the families and friends of 20 victims over the three half years he was developing the show. As reported in The Hollywood Reporter, the series creator explained during a show at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday that it was quite difficult for him to get an answer from the families and friends of the victims.
In fact, Murphy claimed he didn’t get a “one answer” from anyone.
Ryan Murphy said he and the creators of the Jeffrey Dahmer Netflix series had to rely heavily on their “incredible group of researchers”. Murphy admitted he didn’t know how they got the information they needed for the story and said it was “a night and day effort” for the creators and researchers to “find out the truth. on these people. by Netflix Dahmer-Monster: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer focuses on real-life serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer who horrifically murdered 17 men between the years of 1978 and 1991.
As reported in The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Murphy’s Jeffrey Dahmer series has received backlash from the victims’ families, who have accused Netflix and Murphy’s team of failing to contact them. Rita Isbell, a family member of one of Dahmer’s victims, spoke out against the series in an emotional essay for Insider. She wrote that Netflix “should have asked if [the victims’ families] the spirit or what we felt about doing [the series].”
Isbell’s brother, Elrod Lindsey, was brutally murdered by Dahmer when he was 19, and the show recreated the moment.
Isbell went on to write that it saddens her to know that Netflix and the creators were “just making money out of this tragedy” and called the whole situation an example of “greed.” Ryan Murphy and series creators Jeffrey Dahmer declined to comment on Isbell’s emotional essay at the time. Additionally, Eric Perry, who identified as Lindsey’s cousin, shared on social media that the series was “retraumatizing.”
Adding fuel to the fire, Ryan Murphy’s Jeffrey Dahmer series has been criticized by the LGBTQ community after Netflix added the “LGBTQ” category to the series. This caused a backlash online from members of the LGBTQ community who felt they did not want Dahmer to be the type of representation they wanted. Drag performer BJ Daniels even commented on the situation, saying she “fetishizes this awful moment in Milwaukee history.”
Despite all the controversy, Ryan Murphy’s Jeffrey Dahmer series is still considered a hit for the streamer. The series was ranked alongside other Netflix hits, such as stranger things, and totals 196.2 million hours of viewing. Only stranger things and squid game succeeded in surpassing the impressive number.
The series is estimated to have been viewed by over 56 million households in less than two weeks.
Ryan Murphy says his Jeffrey Dahmer series will stream 1 billion hours in the next few days.