The nephew of one of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims says Netflix’s new dramatization of the cannibal murder has left a painful trauma for his family – who are “pissed” at the streaming giant.
Errol Lindsey, 19, became the 11th known victim of the deranged murderer and sex offender when he was brutally murdered in July 1991 after being lured to Dahmer’s Milwaukee apartment to drink beer.
Dahmer, who murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys, drilled a hole in Lindsey’s skull before pouring acid into it and decapitating him, authorities said.
The sickening crimes were retold in Netflix’s “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” which aired Wednesday — leaving many viewers “nausea”.
Lindsey’s cousin Eric Perry took to Twitter after it fell to beat the streaming hit.
“I’m not telling anyone what to watch. I know true crime media is huge, but if you’re really curious about the victims, my family (the Isbell’s) are mad about this show,” Perry wrote next to a side-by-side shot from his cousin, Rita Isbell, making a victim’s impact statement during Dahmer’s trial and the series’ reenactment.
“It’s traumatizing again and again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?”
Isbell also told Insider that Netflix did not consult her or pay her for reenacting her emotional outburst in court — which led to her being taken off the stands by bailiffs.
“When I saw part of the show, it bothered me, especially when I saw myself – when I saw my name appear on the screen and this lady literally said what I said, she reportedly said.
“If I didn’t know better, I would have thought it was me. Her hair was like mine, she had the same clothes on. That’s why it felt like I had to relive it all again. It brought back all the emotions I felt then.”
Isbell told the outlet that the show felt “harsh and careless,” in part because none of the affected family members were involved in or shared in the profits.
Dredging out the painful memories the show brought back somehow “benefited” Isbell, she told the outlet.
“Errol will always live on in my mind. And then his daughter. I need to keep him alive so I can talk to her about him,” she said.
Though widely viewed, the 10-part series has drawn criticism from critics and commentators who claim it is disrespectful to the victims to dramatize Dahmer’s 17 murders.