Limited Netflix Series ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’ Announced With Ryan Murphy


Between Ryan Murphy’s recent Netflix releases of Ratched, the film The Boys in the Band, and his upcoming movie Prom, he is the person to watch for new things coming to Netflix. Plus, we already know that he has two forthcoming miniseries, Halston and A Chorus Line. It was recently announced that Murphy and his producing partner Ian Brennan would also be helming a limited series about the life of the notorious American serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer.

The series, which will be titled Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, will be largely told from the point of view of Dahmer’s victims. The plan is to use the series to dive into the actions, or lack thereof, taken by the Milwaukee police that allowed Dahmer to go on a killing spree that lasted over a decade until he was finally arrested in 1991. The series will dramatize at least 10 instances where Dahmer was let go after being apprehended, touching on issues like white privilege, given that Dahmer was repeatedly given a free pass by cops and judges. In doing so, Murphy with the help of director Carl Frankin and writer/director Janet Mock hopes to differentiate his version of the story from the other scripted and unscripted productions.

Casting is currently underway, and Richard Jenkins has signed on to play Dahmer’s father in the drama though no other roles have currently been filled. They have also not yet shared a potential release date, but watch this space for updates.

LeeAnn is children's librarian who joined Nerds and Beyond in 2020 as a way to stretch her writing skills and connect with others who have the same pop culture passions as she does. She loves music, reading (obviously), and any TV show that can grab and hold her attention. Currently some of her favorite things to nerd out over include Supernatural, Prodigal Son, Louden Swain and Percy Jackson (books, theater, or upcoming show - lets leave the movies out of it).

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