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Monster: The Jefferey Dahmer Story

Written by on October 6, 2022

Story by Chuck Tackett

Monster: The Jefferey Dahmer Story

On September 21st, the Netflix miniseries “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” premiered. It took me 2 days to watch the 10-episode film.

 What also launched was negative criticism and preconceived notions regarding the film. How can one intelligently criticize if you have never seen it? From the start when I read director/writer Ryan Murphy wrote it, I was excited to see how he would tell the story. I loved some of his series “Nip/Tuck”, “Pose”, “Ratched”, and “American Horror Story”, just to name a few.

 For me, it was a pleasant surprise. The series emphasized more on the victims, their families/friends, the Milwaukee community, the racism and homophobia of the police department, and the story of Glenda Cleveland, the next-door neighbor of Jefferey Dahmer, who didn’t get the credit she deserved because the police did not take her concerns seriously.

Evan Peters, of “American Horror Story” fame, portrayed Dahmer. In my opinion, he was perfectly cast for that part. He portrayed Dahmer perfectly, quiet and reserved with occasional bouts of anger.

Niecey Nash portrayed Dahmer’s next-door neighbor Glenda Cleveland. Most people recognize Ms. Nash from “Reno 911.” I have never seen that show. I know Ms. Nash from the show, “Clean House” and “Claws.” Ms. Nash proved she can act in dramatic roles as well as comedic roles which I am used to seeing her in.

Also, what made me curious about seeing the miniseries, is actress Molly Ringwald portraying Dahmer’s stepmom, actor Richard Jenkins of HBO’s “Six Feet Under” portraying Dahmer’s father, and Civil Rights activist Rasheed Robinson, President of the organization “Color of Change” being a consulting producer.

It is September 28th as I am writing this article, I am reading some of the anger and backlash regarding the series from some LGBTQs on social media. What I find silly and downright disturbing is how some are sexualizing Dahmer. One person put out a photo of Dahmer posing in his underwear. I have no idea if Dahmer had sent this out to his fans when he was alive, or if it was a photoshopped picture. Don’t you all find it very disturbing that a serial killer has fans?

Watching this miniseries conjured up the memory of Kansas City’s serial killer of men, Robert Berdella aka “The Kansas City Butcher” back in the 1980s. In my opinion, it would be quite interesting how Ryan Murphy would tell this true crime story in a miniseries. I wonder how my fellow LGBTQs here in Kansas City would react.

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