Ryan Murphy to develop Jeffrey Dahmer series for Netflix
The show will be told from the point of view of his victims and explore the factors which allowed him to continually avoid capture.
Netflix has greenlit a new limited series from Ryan Murphy about the infamous American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
Nicknamed the Milwaukee Cannibal and the Milwaukee Monster by the press, he murdered 17 men and boys in the US city between 1978 and 1991.
Titled Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, it will be told mostly from the perspective of these victims and take a deep dive into “the police incompetence and apathy” which allowed him to continue to go on killing for so long.
“The show will dramatize at least 10 cases where Dahmer was nearly apprehended but was let go and will also explore white privilege.” reads the synopsis.
“Dahmer, a clean-cut, good-looking white guy, was repeatedly given a free pass by cops as well as by judges who were lenient when he had been charged with petty crimes.”
The search is currently underway for an actor to play Dahmer as well as for the role of Glenda Cleveland, a neighbour whose repeated warnings to police about Dahmer fell on deaf ears.
Currently, the only role that’s been cast is Dahmer’s father Lionel who will be played by the Shape of Water’s Richard Jenkins.
Janet Mock, who also serves as a writer on Murphy’s series Pose, will write the script with Carl Franklin set to direct the pilot.
Production on Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is currently scheduled to begin next January but a release date is not yet known.