Results for - Jeffrey Dahmer Victim's Family Speaks Out About Netflix Series

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Rita Isbell, a family member of one of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims who is portrayed in the new Netflix series about the serial killer, is speaking out about Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. -Hollywood Reporter

1. Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, was an American serial killer and sex offender who committed the murder and dismemberment of seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Are you familiar at least a little bit with Jeffrey Dahmer? Please use caution if you decide to watch the trailer for the show as some may find it disturbing.

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2. Isbell's brother, Errol Lindsey, was murdered at age 19 by Dahmer. She gave a victim impact statement during Dahmer's 1992 sentencing, when the killer was given 15 consecutive life sentences. The emotional moment is re-created in the Ryan Murphy- and Ian Brennan-created limited series, which topped the streamer's top 10 list the week of its Sept. 21 release. Did you watch Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story?

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No but I'm planning to
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No and I won't due to the family's statement
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No and I won't , not interested
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Other (please specify)
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3. Isbell says she wasn't contacted by Netflix and criticized the streaming giant for profiting off the tragic story. Eric Perry, who identified himself as a cousin of Lindsey, also spoke out about the series when the scene portraying Isbell's victim impact statement was first shared on social media. "I'm not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge rn, but if you're actually curious about the victims, my family (the Isbell's) are pissed about this show," he posted on Twitter. "It's retraumatizing over and over again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?" While the ethics of retelling true-crime stories without input from victims' families is debated, there's generally no legal obligation to contact them. What do you think about this series?

It's all public record so they don't need to contact the family, it is sad for the family but they didn't need to contact them legally
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They should have contacted the family just as a heads up, but still made the series
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They shouldn't have even made the series
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Other (please specify)
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Not Applicable
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4. The decision to categorize "Dahmer" as LGBTQ content ignited controversy on social media, with many subscribers condemning Netflix for the decision (via the Los Angeles Times). The tag is normally used to spotlight shows such as "Heartstopper" and "Sex Education," both of which include LGBTQ characters and subject matter in a positive light. "Dahmer" technically does feature an LGBTQ character since the serial killer was a gay man, but as one subscriber wrote on TikTok, "This is not the representation we're looking for." A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Variety the LGBTQ tag was officially removed by Friday, Sept. 23. Do you think it was inappropriate for Netflix to add the LGTBQ tag?

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5. There have also been TikTok's that show users wearing Dahmer earrings, shirts or other Dahmer merchandise. Do you think the fascination with serial killers is going too far?

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10/02/2022 TV 2744 74 By: Tellwut
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