The country has collectively been in shock following the debut of Netflix’s latest film, Dahmer. Following the life of Jeffrey Dahmer, the disturbing movie introduces the cruel man to a whole new generation while widening the lens on his crimes for those who remember his name being all over their televisions. Here are four things we’ve learned since the film debuted on Netflix.
While the movie hopes to shed new light on the 16 individuals who lost their lives between 1978 and 1990, many feel the film, unfortunately, created too much room to romanticize Dahmer, thanks to popular pretty boy Evan Peters playing him. “#DahmerNetflix is out, let’s not romanticize Jeffrey Dahmer just because he is played by Evan Peters. Remember the victims. A thread about each individual and who they were,” tweeted one person with a picture of the every person who lost their lives. The families of the 16 individualw are disgusted by people trying to make light of their losses and have been very vocal about their disgust with the film.
Glenda Cleveland, Dahmer’s neighbor, was given a spotlight in the movie for her role in bringing him to justice. The film changed up the facts a bit because Cleveland did not live in the same building but instead one adjacent to him. Cleveland passed away in 2011 at the age of 56. She passed from heart disease. Dahmer was take into custody in 1992. His life was taken two years later while incarcerated by Christopher J. Scarver Sr. Scarver took the life Dahmer and another inmate who had tried to frame two black men for his crime.
The film also features Jeffrey’s younger brother, David Dahmer. David was seven years younger than Jeffrey and went to live with their mother in Wisconsin when their parents split, while Jeffrey stayed with their father. David was graduating college when Jeffrey went to jail and completely cut ties with their family. He would later change his name and has tried to live far away from his brother’s crimes. He has kids and a wife, according to an interview his parents did with Larry King in 2004.
In 2016, Dahmer’s childhood home was available to rent for $8,000 per week during RNC convention. The Bath Township’s home was the location where Dahmer took the life of a hitchhiker named Steven Hicks. The current owner of the home is musician Chris Butler.