Netflix’s Jeffrey Dahmer Series Gets Slammed By the Family of Another One of His Victims

The mother of one of Jeffrey Dahmer's victims is the latest to speak out about Netflix's controversial Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Find out why she's unhappy with the Ryan Murphy series.

By Daniel Trainor Oct 13, 2022 9:17 PMTags
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The hits keep on coming for Netflix's Jeffrey Dahmer series.

Shirley Hughes, whose son Tony Hughes was murdered by notorious serial killer Dahmer in May 1991, has joined the chorus of detractors of Ryan Murphy's series DAHMER - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which hit the streamer last month. 

On how the show, which stars Evan Peters as the killer, depicted her son's murder, Shirley, 85, told The Guardian, "It didn't happen like that."

"I don't see how they can do that," she continued. "I don't see how they can use our names and put stuff out like that out there."

Tony, who was deaf and non-vocal, is played by Rodney Burford in DAHMER's sixth episode, titled "Silence." He was 31 years old at the time of his murder.

Shirley's concerns echo criticism levied at the show by Rita Isbell, whose 19-year-old brother Errol Lindsey was murdered by Dahmer in April 1991.

"I feel like Netflix should've asked if we mind or how we felt about making it. They didn't ask me anything. They just did it," Rita told Insider Sept. 25. "But I'm not money hungry, and that's what this show is about, Netflix trying to get paid."

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Rita went on to call the Netflix series "harsh and careless," and argued that the streamer was profiting off the prolonged grief of those directly involved. "It's sad that they're just making money off of this tragedy," she said." That's just greed."

Eric Perry, Rita and Errol's cousin, said that the series disregarded how painful it is for victims' families to constantly be reminded of Dahmer's crimes

"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 tweeted Sept. 22. "It's retraumatizing over and over again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?"


Despite the criticism, however, DAHMER - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has succeeded in luring in viewers. In its first 12 days of release, the series was streamed for over 496 million hours, becoming the second most-watched English-language series in a week in Netflix history, behind only Stranger Things season four

All ten episodes of DAHMER - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story are available on Netflix now.

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