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Ryan Murphy, Janet Mock Team Up For New Netflix Miniseries

Written by on October 22, 2020

Story by Chuck Tackett

Ryan Murphy, Janet Mock Team Up For New Netflix Miniseries

“I remember all the times that you called me an animal, but in Milwaukee, there is a cannibal.” 

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Starting production in January 2021, Netflix has given the green light for a new miniseries. Ryan Murphy and Janet Mock will be writing and directing several episodes.

For those of you who may not know, Janet Mock is a writer, director, producer, and Transgender rights, activist. Her best-known work is the FX series “POSE”

Ryan Murphy is also a screenwriter, producer, and director. He has produced several well-known TV series. Presently as I am writing this article, most folks would know him for his Netflix series “Ratched”, “Hollywood” and the reboot of the 1970 LGBTQ cult classic “The Boys In The Band.”

Mock and Murphy’s new Netflix series will be called “Monster: The Jefferey Dahmer Story.” 

For some of my young readership, Dahmer was a Gay serial killer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who murdered up to 17 boys and young men starting in the late 1970s up to the early 1990s. Most of his victims were people of color. Dahmer was known for his gruesome tactics he performed on his victims including cannibalism.

While Dahmer’s murders were extremely gruesome, from what I understand, the series will not focus so much on the murders, but will address the different instances where he almost got caught, but how he benefitted from White privilege with the leniency of the police and judicial system because he was a “clean-cut good-looking White guy.” 

Glenda Cleveland who was Black was Jefferey Dahmer’s neighbor in the apartment complex they both lived in. She witnessed this naked underage boy trying to flee from Dahmer. She called the police. When police arrived, Dahmer claimed the child was an adult and it was a lovers’ quarrel. Ms. Cleveland tried unsuccessfully to inform the police it was an underage boy, but they took Dahmer’s word without really doing much of an investigation. When Dahmer was finally caught. Black America at the time was furious. After realizing the heinous monster Dahmer was and how most of his victims were people of color when it was time for court, Dahmer was escorted in without any handcuffs on. From what I recalled the court case was televised.

In the upcoming miniseries, the only actor cast so far as I am writing this article is Richard Jenkins who will play Jefferey Dahmer’s father. Mr. Jenkins is best known as the father in the HBO series “Six Feet Under.” No other actor has been chosen as yet to play any other part including Jefferey Dahmer and Glenda Cleveland. The miniseries is set to air on Netflix sometime in late 2021 or early 2022.

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