Jeffrey Dahmer Show Terrifies A Whole New Generation

Andre Gurrola Rivera, Entertainment Writer

The Netflix mini series “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” released on September 21, 2022, chronicles the life and story of serial killer Jeffery Dahmer. It has been a hit among all ages with many young viewers, especially those here at Preuss being introduced to the true crime genre.

The show is based on the true story of Jeffery Dahmer a serial killer who murdered 17 men and boys, with his crimes spanning from his first in 1978 until his capture in 1991. He was known for the horrific acts he would commit to his victims, which included cannibalism and the preservation of human remains.

The show also highlights the failure of the police to take action that could have led to his arrest sooner such as the case of 14-year-old boy Konerak Sinthasomphone. Sinthasomphone had been drugged and was able to escape but was returned to the killer by police after Dahmer claimed that he was his boyfriend. The police failed to check either of their IDs which would have shown that the boy was 14 and that Dahmer was a convicted sex offender.

Overall, I would definitely recommend the series to anyone who is interested in true crime. The show is well acted with Evan Peters providing a performance that captures the creepy awkwardness necessary for the role. It also provides a well paced story that remains mostly true to the original events. Another positive of the show is that it does justice to the victims, dedicating time to their backstories and legacies, a detail often overshadowed by other true crime shows/movies. I would rate the show a 9/10 for its great pacing, acting, and story but I must warn readers the show is quite graphic and is not for the faint of heart as it is rated R restricted for viewers under 17.