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Who Was Jeffrey Dahmer? The true story behind Dahmer Netflix series

Netflix is ​​back with another true crime drama about notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Titled DAHMER – Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer Starring Evan Peters in the title role, the series is a harrowing portrayal of true events.

Jeffrey Dahmer, also known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal”, was responsible for the murder of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Evan Peters offers an eerily realistic performance when placed alongside Dahmer, as does the other cast playing the real people involved in the events.

Here’s a walkthrough of the true story behind Netflix Jeffrey Dahmer Series…

Who Was Jeffrey Dahmer?

Dahmer was born in 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he committed most of his crimes.

Monsters the story of Jeffrey Dahmer true events

Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer


Dahmer reportedly became interested in dead animals from a young age and even began collecting skeletons of small animals and street killers. Even in high school, he is said to have been an outsider.

What crimes did Jeffrey Dahmer commit?

Dahmer was responsible for the murder of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. His murders involved dismemberment, necrophilia, and cannibalism, with Dahmer later becoming known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal.” He was also found to have preserved body parts at his home.

Before the murders, Dahmer had been arrested on various occasions, including for groping a boy. He committed his first murder just three weeks after graduating from high school in 1978. However, he didn’t kill his second victim until the late ’80s, after serving years in the army until his arrest in 1991.

Dahmer’s victims were predominantly Black, Asian, and Hispanic males, ages 14 to 33. He met victims in a variety of places, including gay bars and shopping malls.

Monsters The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Characters in Real Life

Jeffrey Dahmer in real life

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When was Jeffrey Dahmer convicted?

Dahmer was eventually caught when one of his victims, Tracy Edwards, escaped and ran down the street with a pair of handcuffs on his wrist. He told police that Dahmer attempted to kill him, and authorities found preserved body parts at his home.

In court, a court case determined that Dahmer is legally sane. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1992 – 15 consecutive life sentences, the equivalent of 957 years in prison. He was later also issued a 16th life sentence.

He reportedly told the court, “I never wanted freedom. To be honest, I wanted death for myself. I knew I was sick or evil or both. Doctors have told me about my illness and now I have some peace. I know how much shame I have caused. I feel so bad for what I did to these poor families.”

Monsters the story of Jeffrey Dahmer true events

Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer


When did Jeffrey Dahmer die?

In 1994, just two years into his sentence, Dahmer was attacked and killed by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver, who hit him in the head with a metal bar.

20 years later, in 2015, Scarver said in a New York Post Interview: “Some people who are in prison are repentant – but he wasn’t one of them.”

Monsters: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is now streaming on Netflix.

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