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Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series is based on serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story will comment on the police incompetence and white privilege that enabled Dahmer’s 13-year spree

Recently, Ryan Murphy cast Sarah Paulson as the evil, iconic Nurse Mildred Ratched in his prequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. Now, it’s been announced that Murphy is set to take on another notorious figure, the real-life serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

The new Netflix series from the American Horror Story creator is titled Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, and will mostly be told from the perspective of the killer’s victims. 

The show will also, Variety reports, examine the police incompetence and apathy that allowed him to maintain a killing spree from the late 1970s to the early 90s, in which time he killed 17 male victims. Touching on the topic of white privilege, it will show at least 10 instances where Dahmer was let go after being apprehended.

Monster already has Richard Jenkins – who appeared in The Shape of Water and Miranda July’s Kajillionaire – attached to star, while Janet Mock and Carl Franklin will direct. Mock has previously worked on other shows by Ryan Murphy, including Pose and Hollywood.

Jeffrey Dahmer has been portrayed multiple times on film in the past, including the eponymous 2002 movie, Dahmer, and 2018’s My Friend Dahmer, which cast former Disney kid and Dazed 100er Ross Lynch as the killer.