Netflix’s newest addition to its true crime canon is a thriller from Ryan Murphy, which explores the case of one of America’s most infamous serial killers: Jeffrey Dahmer.
Monster: The Jeffrey Demar Story Stars easttown mare Actor Evan Peters also known as “Milwaukee Cannibal” or “Milwaukee Monster” murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.
Here are the key points to know about the true story behind the show…
**WARNING: This article contains disturbing content***
Dahmer was born in 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to a teletype machine instructor and a chemist.
There are conflicting reports on whether Dahmer was neglected as a child or if he was noticed, but there is no doubt that he was from a broken home. His mother suffered from depression and attempted suicide, and his father was away for most of his childhood. When he was 18, Dahmer’s parents eventually divorced.
Dahmer was a quiet kid who had double hernia surgery at the age of three. When Dahmer was about six years old, the family moved to Ohio and his younger brother, David, was born.
Dahmer was interested in dead animals, especially animal bones, from an early age – something that began when he saw his father remove animal bones from under his house. He began collecting insects and skeletons of small animals like squirrels and placed them in jars of formaldehyde. His father showed him how to bleach and preserve animal bones, and Dahmer began collecting road kills so that he could dissect them and add more bones to his collection.
In high school, Dahmer was an outcast. He used to drink heavily and called alcohol his “medicine” for classmates. While it was thought by teachers that he had good academic ability, his grades were average. After being silent at first, he began throwing fake fits and making fun of people with cerebral palsy.
In his early teens, Dahmer had a brief relationship with another teenage boy, but did not tell his parents that he was gay. He later admitted that he had imagined a submissive male partner to dominate, and these fantasies began to include dissection.
Dahmer committed his first murder in 1978, three weeks after graduating from high school. One day in June, he picked up 18-year-old hitchhiker Steven Mark Hicks, lured him into his house for “a few beers”, and assaulted him. a dumbbell. Dahmer strangled Hicks to death, stripped him of his clothes, masturbated, dismembered the body and buried the remains in a shallow grave in his back garden. He later excavated the body so that he could dissolve it in acid and crush and scatter the bones.
Shortly after, Dahmer joined the US Army for a few years. He started drinking heavily. In 1981, he was discharged, and in his mid-eighties, back in Milwaukee, he began frequenting gay bathhouses, where he seduced and assaulted men. He committed his second murder in the late eighties, this time by bringing a man back to a hotel. After this, he started committing beatings and murders in his grandmother’s house.
Dahmer’s grandmother asked him to move out, mainly because of his drinking, his habit of bringing young men back late at night, and the foul smell coming from both the cellar and the garage – where Dahmer would store and dispose of his victims. He moved into an apartment in Milwaukee and the murders and denials continued into the nineties.
Many of his later murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of skeletons.
Despite being arrested several times in his life, once for groping a young boy, officers only discovered Dahmer’s murderous activities when he was arrested in 1991 after one of his victims fled. Tracy Edwards told police that Dahmer was trying to kill her.
That day, at Dahmer’s apartment, police found body parts and severed heads in his fridge, freezer, filing cabinet, and kettle.
In 1992, Dahr was sentenced to life imprisonment. Despite a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, and a psychotic disorder, he was unable to convince the jury that his cannibalism and necrophilia were the result of insanity. He was sentenced to 15 consecutive life sentences and was told that he would never be eligible for parole.
His trial included some of the most gruesome evidence ever heard in a US court. In his statement to the court, Dahmer said: “I never wanted independence. To be honest, I wanted death for myself. I knew I was sick or evil or both.
“The doctors have told me about my illness and now I have some peace. I know how much damage I have done. I feel very bad for what I did to those poor families.”
Dahmer was later sentenced to 16 years in prison for an additional murder committed in Ohio in 1978.
On November 28, 1994, Dahmer was beaten to death by Christopher Scarver, a fellow inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institute in Portage, Wisconsin.
More than 20 years after the incident, Scarver first talks about why he killed Dahmer.
Scarver said that he fatally hit Dumner twice on the head with a metal bar after being frightened by the killer, who he claimed would fashion the limbs cut from the prison’s food and treat them with packets of ketchup as blood. It will rain.
“He would put them in places where people would be,” said Scarver. New York Post.
“He crossed the border with some people – prisoners, prison staff. Some people who are in prison repent – but he was not one of them.”
Monster: The Jeffrey Demar Story Arrives September 22 on Netflix.