Reporter Who Broke Jeffrey Dahmer’s Story Highlights 1 Major Problem With ‘Monster’

by Netflix Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story draws a lot of attention for its misinterpreted details about the original case, the victims, and the Milwaukee serial killer. There are some issues as the show heats up for re-traumatizing victims’ families and misusing the LGBTQ label. Anne E Schwartz, the crime reporter who originally broke the Jeffrey Dahmer case, explains how the Netflix series took on too much artistic license.

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Anne E Schwartz Says ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’ Took Too Much Artistic License

After many years, police reporters know what they are getting into when they arrive at the scene of a gruesome crime. Anne E Schwartz was the crime reporter on the scene when police caught Dahmer. She broke the news for the Milwaukee Journal in 1991. In an interview with The Independent, she reveals how Netflix Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story vital details distorted and altered for entertainment enjoyment.

A key aspect was the depiction of Dahmer’s apartment and its reported foul odor. But Schwartz explains that the supposed smell was different in real life. The first thing that stuck in the crime reporter’s mind was that nothing looked strange. The scene was not what one would have expected from the scale of the crimes.

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“I was a crime reporter for five years, so I know what it smells like when you walk into a building with a corpse or a decomposing body. That wasn’t it. It was a very chemical smell,” said explained Schwartz. The series depicted how Dahmer had vats of acid to break down body parts, used power tools, etc. It seems Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story played more deeply into the effect of Dahmer’s Modus Operandi of getting rid of his victims.

But the crime reporter was also unconvinced by the way the show twisted Glenda Cleveland’s story. She was appalled at how Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story combined the real-life story of Cleveland and Dahmer’s real-life neighbor Pamela Bass. It seems Bass’s account of being “friends” with Dahmer, according to The Daily Mail, wasn’t enough to portray the killer’s effect on others.

Audiences are disturbed by overly graphic depictions of Jeffrey Dahmer’s murders

Serial killer series are nothing new on streaming platforms in recent years. A phenomenon was born from diving deep into the murderous minds of serial killers. While many are able to endure gore, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story at a level that no one expected.

According to NME, many viewers were unable to watch the first episodes. This is due to the series’ immense use of harrowing events to tell the victim’s stories. Like Schwartz, many agree that the series took too much creative license when the story itself is more than enough to cause illicit nightmares.

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Audiences are unable to forget the full shot of Dahmer waking up in his hotel room to find the mangled and beaten-to-death body of one of the first victims. This begs the question of whether the horribly shattered body scene was necessary. The same can be said for the disturbing scene of a teenage Dahmer finding sexual pleasure while reminiscing about playing with a fish’s organs.

At one point, Dahmer is seen drinking human blood. The series often depicts Dahmer’s sexual fascination with his victims after they die, such as cuddling the corpse. Even Dahmer’s death in the last episode was hard to see.

‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’ faced immense backlash

At first, the Netflix series skyrocketed to become one of the most watched series. But the reality of Dahmer’s crimes and the way Netflix chose to portray them quickly provoked immense scrutiny and heartache. Audiences quickly began to question the accuracy of the victim stories told on the show, from Tony Hughes to other testimonies.

The series was compared to real documents, testimonies of witnesses and families and to the official trial. Errol Lindsey’s sister also released a personal essay. She tells how Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story did not alert the families of the victims and made many relive the trauma.

She also explained how the series was just a plot for greed and money. That’s not all, as the series has also faced complaints for using the LGBTQ label. The use of the label was considered highly inappropriate, given Dahmer’s victim choices. Netflix is ​​also set to release the docu-series. Conversations with a Killer: The Tapes of Jeffrey Dahmer October 7.

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