Fresh off the coattails of his latest series, Ratched, it was announced earlier this week that Ryan Murphy is heading back to work. His next Netflix project will lay out the story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer.
Don’t let the title, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, fool you. The series will chronicle Dahmer’s killing spree. It will focus on the gross police incompetence that allowed him to get away for as long as he did. But it will largely told from the point of view of Dahmer’s victims.
The exclusive came from Deadline, who reported: ” … The series dramatizes at least 10 instances where Dahmer was almost apprehended but ultimately let go. The series also is expected to touch on white privilege, as Dahmer, a clean-cut, good-looking white guy, was repeatedly given a free pass by cops as well as by judges who were lenient when he had been charged with petty crimes … it will span the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s and ends with Dahmer’s arrest in the early ’90s.”
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story was co-created by the dream team, Murphy and his longtime partner Ian Brennan. Carl Franklin is set to direct the pilot episode. Janet Mock will also be writing and directing. So far the only confirmation in the casting is Richard Jenkins playing Lionel Dahmer, a chemist and the murderer’s father, who showed him the proper way to bleach and preserve animal bones when he was a child – a technique Jeffrey would later use with some of his victims.
Production for Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is slated to begin in January!