Netflix's Jeffrey Dahmer series faces backlash

Some of the family members of Dahmer's victims called the show harsh and insensitive as they boycotted its release

Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer
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For the past week, Netflix's drama show revolving around the famous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer has been the talk of the town.

The series has gone ahead to attract such huge viewing figures due to people's curiosity (and well the memes going around) but also criticism from people who say it's insensitive and should not have aired.

Dahmer killed 17 boys and young men, many of whom were black and gay, between 1978 and 1991.

And now some of the victim's family members are calling out Netflix for the production of the show.

The sister of one of Dahmer's victims has described The Jeffrey Dahmer Story as "harsh and careless".

Rita Isbell, whose brother Errol Lindsey was 19 when he was killed, gave an emotional victim impact statement in court in 1992 but said she was not informed it would be recreated in Ryan Murphy's 10-part Netflix series.

"When I saw some of the show, it bothered me, especially when I saw myself - when I saw my name come across the screen and this lady saying verbatim exactly what I said," Isbell complained, clearly displeased.

She then went on to add that Netflix should have given some of the money from the show to the victims' children and grandchildren.

"If the show benefited them in some way, it wouldn't feel so harsh and careless. Sadly, they're just making money off of this tragedy. That's just greed," finished off Rita.

Last week, (another victim's family member) Lindsey's cousin, Eric Perry tweeted to say the family was unhappy about the series.

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

He then added that "recreating my cousin having an emotional breakdown in court in the face of the man who tortured and murdered her brother is WILD. WIIIIIILD".

Dahmer's crimes also involved cannibalism and necrophilia. He was convicted in 1992 and was murdered in prison two years later.

Anne E Schwartz, the former crime journalist who broke the story of his crimes in 1991, speaking about the Netflix show voiced that she sadly felt that the streaming series had "sacrificed accuracy for the sake of drama".

She then went on to add, "the show does not bear a great deal of resemblance to the facts of the case".

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