What Ryan Murphy and Netflix are doing wrong

Has Netflix butchered key facts about the infamous Jeffrey Dahmer murders?

The Milwaukee crime reporter who broke the news of the notorious serial killer who viciously tortured and murdered 17 boys and men in the late 1970s and early 1990s says so.

Journalist and author Anne E. Schwartz criticized the new series “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” starring Evan Peters, saying that creator Ryan Murphy and his team took so much “artistic liberty” that the show ” bears little resemblance to the facts.”

“When people see Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series and they’re like, ‘Oh my god, that’s awful.’ I want to tell you it didn’t necessarily end that way,” Schwartz, who wrote Monster: The True Story of the Jeffrey Dahmer Murders, told the Independent.

First, she took issue with the portrayal of Milwaukee cops as racist homophobes, having been a member of the force for years.

The real-life reporter who uncovered the Jeffrey Dahmer murders called out inaccuracies in the new Netflix show about the killer.
The real-life reporter who uncovered the Jeffrey Dahmer murders called out inaccuracies in the new Netflix show about the killer.
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“I spent a lot of time with them and interviewed the people who were at the crime scene. Again, that’s a dramatization, but at a time when it’s not exactly easy for law enforcement to gain trust and buy in from the community, it’s not a very helpful portrayal.”

She also said that while the issue is an international sensation, the city of Wisconsin is “absolutely done hearing about the case.”

“People in Milwaukee think this is a terrible flaw in the city, they don’t want people to think about it.”

“Dahmer” also incorrectly denotes the role played by a neighbor of psychopath Glenda Cleveland, who tries to warn cops about his nefarious ways on the show. She is portrayed as living in a nearby apartment, while in reality she lived in a different building, according to the author.

Anne E. Schwartz spoke about some of the inaccuracies in the new Netflix show regarding Jeffrey Dahmer.
Anne E. Schwartz spoke about some of the inaccuracies in the new Netflix show regarding Jeffrey Dahmer.
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“In the first five minutes of the first episode, Glenda Cleveland knocks on his door. None of that ever happened,” Schwartz said. “I had trouble with the buy-in because I knew it wasn’t correct. But people don’t watch it like that, they watch it for entertainment.”

The show was also slammed by victims of the cannibalistic Dahmer, who were furious at reliving the trauma he inflicted.

Schwartz also recalled a chilling phone call she once received at her TV office from Dahmer complaining after another book of hers, the best-selling The Man Who Couldn’t Kill Enough, was published.

There were key differences between the real Jeffrey Dahmer and how it was portrayed on Netflix.
There were key differences between the real Jeffrey Dahmer and how it was portrayed on Netflix.

It was “very quick and very to the point,” Schwartz said, also noting that “he was very protective of his parents, especially his mother.”

“He had no tone of voice in his voice. He was so vanilla, he was so flat. There was nothing. He just said no one was responsible for what I expected of myself.”

https://nypost.com/2022/09/30/the-real-jeffrey-dahmer-what-ryan-murphy-and-netflix-get-wrong/ What Ryan Murphy and Netflix are doing wrong

Emma Bowman

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