Netflix show “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” producers said the goal of the film was to tell the victims’ stories and not provide Dahmer’s point of view. But the 10-episode series spends little time with anyone besides Dahmer.

That focus has led to criticism of the show, both from media outlets and from family members of the victims.

Rita Isbell, sister of victim Errol Lindsey, told Insider that she was never consulted about the show

Eric Perry, Errol and Rita’s cousin, issued a series of tweets in response to the show.

“I’m not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge (right now), but if you’re actually curious about the victims, my family are pissed about this show,” Perry wrote. 

From left to right, top to bottom, are 16 people serial murderer Jeffrey Dahmer was found guilty of murdering: Curtis Straughter, Steven Mark Hicks, Richard Guerrero, Jeremy Weinberger, Jamie Doxtator, Ricky Beeks, Oliver Lacy, Errol Lindsey, Konerak Sinthasomphone, Ernest Miller, Anthony Hughes, Joseph Bradehoft, Matt Turner, Anthony Sears, David C. Thomas, and Edward W. Smith.

“It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what?” Perry said. “How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?”

The identities of the 17 boys and men Dahmer killed have frequently been lost in retellings of the crimes — lumped together as a summary of names, ages and last known sightings.

The Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel, part of the USA TODAY Network, also reported a limited amount about these victims at the time.


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