Sympathy for the Devil.
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Is it insane or evil?
The most recent Netflix drama, Dahmer, has wholly exploded in popularity. All over the world have been watching, awed and fascinated in equal measures. While many reviewers have been critical of the show, many others have been completely obsessed with the story.
It makes sense that it is logical for Netflix to keep its popular “Conversations with Killers” series focusing specifically on Jeffrey Dahmer.
If you’re not aware, Dahmer is an American serial killer and sex offender who dismembered, murdered and dismembered seventeen males and girls 1978 between 1978 and 1991. Many of his more recent victims suffered from necrophilia, cannibalism and preservation of body organs. There are some rather gnarly descriptions of the use of acid as well.
It’s a bloody case. The three-part docu-series breaks every aspect of it down into an assortment of tapes.
These tapes, filmed by attorney Wendy Patrickus, take place between July and October 1991. They document Jeffrey Dahmer talking about everything he was involved in very freely.
Ultimately, the goal is to determine what makes Jeffrey Dahmer insane and why he was compelled to behave as was the case. In the course of the show, we learn the extent to which he is “remorseful” Dahmer is about his actions. However, the authenticity of this statement or not is another matter of debate in the show.
Jeffrey Dahmer’s presentation is based on the same pattern you’ve seen in the previous “Conversations with Killers” documentaries. There are talks with talking heads with various experts and officials on the subject and the actual footage of Dahmer speaking prison time to talk about his experiences throughout the years.
Many archives-related photos and re-enacted footage enhance the audio tapes mentioned earlier.
The entire story creates a coherent timeline that outlines Dahmer’s life as a family member, taking through each murder and trying to determine if Dahmer is suffering from a medical condition (i.e. insane) or simply wicked.
Some details, particularly the nine years that Dahmer did not kill, are highlighted in episode 1. The second one, however, is the most significant, and episode 2 focuses on the 1980s and Dahmer’s murders. The third episode is when Dahmer’s final arrest occurs; however, not before further shocking revelations and Dahmer’s new methods of killing.
The issue here is the lack of discipline employed by Dahmer in several instances. However, the show has an innovative method of making arguments on each side of the issue and gives a balanced view overall.
As an accompanying piece in Dahmer, a companion piece to Netflix Dahmer, a companion piece to the Netflix Dahmer, or a stand-alone crime documentary, Conversations with a Killer creates a riveting new series that is well worth watching.