The family of one of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims say they are ‘revived’ by Netflix’s ’emotional’ courtroom breakdown reruns and claim the streaming giant never ‘notified’ them.
Eric Thulehu, 33, from Chicago, took to Twitter to slam Netflix’s new series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, claiming his family was ‘furious’ about it.
Thulhu’s cousin, Errol Lindsay, was 19 when she disappeared from a Milwaukee mall and would become Dahmer’s 11th known victim. She was reportedly lured to Dahmer’s apartment to take nude photos.
‘I’m not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge [right now]But if you’re actually curious about the victims, my family (Isbell’s) is furious with this show,’ Thulhu wrote on Twitter.
‘It’s traumatizing over and over again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?’
Not telling anyone what I watch, I know true crime media is huge rn, but if you are actually curious about the victims, my family (Isbell’s) is pissed off about this show. Is it repeatedly retraumatizing, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need? https://t.co/CRQjXWAvjx
— Eric. (@ericthulhu) September 22, 2022
In the new Netflix series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Rita Isbell’s ’emotional breakdown’ is reenacted and the family isn’t happy about it.
Eric Thulehu, 33, of Chicago – a cousin of Errol Lindsay, Dahmer’s 11th known victim – said the family had been ‘resurrected’ by the new series.
Netflix’s new release debuted Wednesday, and the streaming giant — known for its true-crime documentaries — is also releasing Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes on Oct. 7.
Just a few years ago, the horror story became popular again when My Friend Dahmer – starring former Disney actor Ross Lynch – was released in 2017.
A quick Google search also reveals a variety of other documentaries that have been released since the sensational case hit the courts.
Thulhu went on to say that Netflix didn’t ‘advertise’ the family making the new hit series, because it’s ‘all public record, so they don’t have to notify (or pay!) anyone.’
Thulhu (pictured) took to Twitter to slam new Netflix series Monsters: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, claiming his family was ‘furious’ about it.
Thulhu said the family was not contacted by Netflix before the show aired and was not paid for their choice.
The actress who played Isbell (centre) said she ‘didn’t know the victim’s story [before the show]and can only imagine the impact of his actions on the family and community’
‘So when they say they are doing it “out of respect for the victims” or “to respect the dignity of the family”, no one engages with them. My cousins wake up every few months at this point to a bunch of calls and messages and they know there’s another Dahmer show. It’s cruel,’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘Like recreating my cousin [Rita Isbell] Wilde is having a mental breakdown in court in the face of the man who tortured and killed his brother. WIIIIIILD.’
Newstimesuk.com contacted Thulhu for comment and was unable to reach Isbell.
Dashawn ‘Dash’ Burns, who plays Isbell in the series, even promoted the show on Wednesday, writing: ‘I didn’t know the victim story. [before the show], and can only imagine the impact of his actions on the family and community. I think it’s really important to tell these parts of the story and I hope that everyone who sees it will have empathy for everyone who is affected and affected.’
In a side-by-side comparison posted on Twitter, viewers can see how closely the remake resembles the original.
Rita opened her statement by saying she was Lindsey’s ‘biggest sister’ and referring to Dahmer, who sat further up in court, as ‘the devil’.
‘I’m crazy. That’s how you behave when you’re out of control,’ he said, referring to himself raising his voice instead of killing and eating people. ‘I never want to see my mother go through this again. Never, Jeffrey.’
While on the stand in 1992 she began screaming at the top of her lungs in rage as she threw her body around: ‘Jeffrey, mother, I hate you. This is out of control.’
Isbell finally approaches Dahmer and his lawyer’s table, yelling that she’s going to ‘kill’ him.
‘ I could have killed you, I ** could have killed you King,” he cried as the guards seized him.
Many of Dahmer’s victims were members of LGBT+ and ethnic minority communities
Dahmer (pictured in 1992) was convicted of 16 murders and sentenced to 16 life sentences. He was beaten to death by another inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin in November 1994.
Dahmer’s entire exchange was passive.
The Netflix remake followed every word of Isbell’s original testimony.
Isbell has remained largely under the radar since breaking into the courtroom in 1992.
Since its release, Netflix has also faced criticism for tagging the series as LGBT. Dahmer’s victims are mainly from LGBT+ and ethnic minority communities.
Many called out the streaming platform – who have now removed the tag – saying they were ‘gobsmacked’ and ‘upset’ at the choice.
Evan Peters stars as Dahmer in new Netflix series
In 1992 Dahmer was found guilty of the 16 murders he was charged with and sentenced to 16 life sentences.
In November 1994, Christopher Scarver, another inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin, killed him with a metal bar.
The Netflix series retells Dahmer’s story from the perspective of his victims and the major mistakes Wisconsin police made in handling the investigation of the notorious mass murderer, who made national headlines for his cannibalism and necrophilia involving his victims.
Actor Evan Peters portrayed Jeffrey Dahmer in the limited series.
The show also stars directors Paris Barclay, Carl Franklin and Janet Mock, along with actors Niecy Nash, Penelope Ann Miller, Sean Jay Brown, Colin Ford and Richard Jenkins.