Netflix took the world by storm with the Dahmer episodic series. Though it was close to the truth we understand without saying that some things were embellished for entertainment purposes, i.e. Niecey Cash’s character wasn’t actually his next-door neighbor.
In any case, as you wind down from the show, it’s time to meet the killer!
When Milwaukee police entered the apartment of 31-year-old Jeffrey Dahmer in July of 1991, they uncovered the grisly personal museum of a serial killer: a freezer full of human heads, skulls, bones and other remains in various states of decomposition and display. Dahmer quickly confessed to sixteen murders in Wisconsin over the previous four years, plus one more in Ohio in 1978, as well as unimaginable acts of necrophilia and cannibalism. The discovery shocked the nation and stunned the local community, who were incensed that such a depraved killer had been allowed to operate within their city for so long. Why was Dahmer, who had been convicted of sexual assault of a minor in 1988, able to avoid suspicion and detection from police as he stalked Milwaukee’s gay scene for victims, many of whom were people of color? The third in a series from director Joe Berlinger (CWAK: The Ted Bundy Tapes, CWAK: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes), this three-part documentary features never-before-heard audio interviews between Dahmer and his defense team, delving into his warped psyche while answering these open questions of police accountability through a modern-day lens. Featuring fresh interviews with investigative journalists, prosecutors, psychologists, and victims’ friends and families, Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes shines new light on the intersection of race, class, sexuality, and policing that gave rise to one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century.
As this is more of the TRUTH, we are still baffled that people are so taken by Dahmer as this is nothing new. The fact that the world is acting as if this is new news is crazy. Are glorifying a serial killer by creating such shows that lead to trending narratives on social media? In any case, let us know what you thought of the series as well as your thoughts on the conversation.