Review: ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’

Picture via:

Isaiah Breedlove, Writer

DISCLAIMER: The following review concerns a program that is rated TV-MA. Parental Guidance is advised.

Netflix recently released its newest series in the ‘true-crime’ genre, ‘Monster: A Jeffrey Dahmer Story.’ Created by Ryan Murphy, and starring Evan Peters as Dahmer himself, the ten-episode series details the life and victims of the famous serial killer.


Before I watched this series, I knew literally nothing about Jeffrey Dahmer. Even despite my previous experience with other true-crime series like the “Ted Bundy Tapes,” I’ve never been one for Dahmer. Over time though, I felt like I had to watch this show. The massive public response to this show’s release was so prominent within our community that I felt like I was missing out if I didn’t watch it.


Suffice it to say, while I wasn’t necessarily incredibly shocked or traumatized by this show, I can say with certainty that I left this series with a brand-new perspective of how I felt about the killer. It caused me to see both sides of this story that I would’ve never known without the knowledge of this show.


Murphy did a fantastic job of portraying the story, and how it had a psychological effect on the families and those victims and survivors of the monster known as Jeffrey Dahmer. Though this show is not for the faint of heart, those who can handle this should take the time to give it a watch. I believe that the show gave us an insight into the mind of the killer, and then the mind of the victims around him, and how, even if they weren’t directly terrorized how being near him affected them, the show goes through the upbringing of Jeffrey Dahmer leading into his adult life.


It starts off slow in the childhood of Dahmer where he and his father spent time in the garage, dissecting roadkill, and learning parts of the body of animals. Then it takes a dark turn. Once we get into the teenage years of Jeffrey Dahmer, seeing issues occur in his family that affects him and how it affected them as well. As we get deeper into the story it leaves more spotlight on Jeffrey Dahmer, the spotlight of his neighbor in the victims. We see that his neighbor was going through a lot of mental issues, hearing these things that he would do at night to his victims. Then we see how the victim’s families are affected by the killings of his murdering spree, and how even when he was arrested, it still continues to haunt them, and they can never live it down. 


Netflix took their time to really capture the family’s points of view where they were really horrified about how the public portrayed him. It’s sad to see when people glorify people who murder people for no reason and end someone else’s life is no reason to give them praise. This is a show that can give you a good insight into his mind, and the mind of his victims, so I’d highly suggest that you give it a watch.

Overall, I give ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Series’ a 10/10.