Monster: what we know (so far) from Ryan Murphy's Netflix series about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer

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Since it has been announced in October 2020, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, the new project by Ryan Murphy per Netflix, has made the hype of fans of the genre and fans of the director and screenwriter skyrocket. It's been a while since then, but now the miniseries from the creator of American Horror Story and American Crime Story is (finally) taking shape.

Production began on March 23, 2021 in Los Angeles and with the official start of work, new information has also arrived on the plot of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story and on the cast that will bring the dramatic, terrifying story of the serial killer to the screen. like the "monster of Milwaukee" and the "cannibal of Milwaukee".


Jeffrey Dahmer sadly went down in history for committing 17 murders between 1978 and 1991. The killer's victims were mostly African American and Asian homosexual boys and men, whom the killer approached in various ways. Dahmer would take the victims to his home, narcotize and strangle them and then wreak havoc on the corpses.

The killer ripped and dismembered the bodies, then kept some parts in the freezer as food, while others dissolved them in acid or stored them in formaldehyde. In some cases he has boiled the heads of the victims and painted their skulls. Sometimes he has practiced necrophilia with corpses and it appears that he has attempted lobotomy experiments on some victims.

Jeffrey Dahmer was captured on July 22, 1991 and sentenced tolife sentence for each murder committed. The "monster of Milwaukee" died in prison in 1994, following the attack of another inmate, Christopher Scarver.

How will Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story tell this terrible story? Here's everything we know (so far) about the 10-episode miniseries, for which a release date has not yet been indicated.

Monster's Story: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story tells the story of the notorious serial killer "largely" from the point of view of the victims. The miniseries deals with (at least) 10 cases in which Dahmer was stopped and on the verge of being arrested, but was ultimately released.

As the official synopsis explains, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story "plunges deep into the incompetence and apathy of the police," which left the killer to act undisturbed for 13 years, committing a series of brutal murders and terrible atrocities. .

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Jeffrey Dahmer in an archive photo
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In a closely related way, the miniseries also aims to investigate the "white privilege". This is because Dahmer, who was a good-looking, clean-faced white boy, could count more than once on the indulgence of police and judges when he was charged with petty crimes.


Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story takes place in the 60s, 70s and 80s and ends with the arrest of the serial killer in 1991.

The cast of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

The first cast member of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story was unveiled at the presentation of the miniseries. The production announced Richard Jenkins as the father of the serial killer, Lionel Dahmer, but gave no indication of the protagonist's interpreter.

Now, that name has arrived and is one well known to fans of Ryan Murphy's work. In fact, Evan Peters will lend his face to the "monster of Milwaukee". But the actor recently seen in WandaVision is not the only novelty.

Evan Peters - Jeffrey Dahmer

Born in 1987 and with a long experience alongside Ryan Murphy, Evan Peters has the duty to bring Jeffrey Dahmer to the screen.
The Saint Louis actor has appeared in all seasons of #American Horror Story (except 1984) and in the premiere of Pose. Other works by him are Kick-Ass, the X-Men saga and the WandaVision and Mare of Easttown series.

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Evan Peters at San Diego Comic-Con
Evan Peters will be Jeffrey Dahmer

Richard Jenkins - Lionel Dahmer 

Richard Jenkins is an actor with a long career behind him. Among his best-known films are Hannah and her sisters, The Witches of Eastwick, Burn After Reading-Spy-Proof and #The shape of water (for which he was nominated for an Oscar). Instead, on TV he is best known for his role as Nathaniel Fisher in Six Feet Under.
In the Ryan Murphy series he plays the father of the serial killer, Lionel Dahmer.


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Richard Jenkins at an event
Richard Jenkins will be Lionel Dahmer

Penelope Ann Miller - Joyce Annette

Penelope Ann Miller plays Jeffrey Dahmer's mother Joyce Annette. The actress is best known for her role as Gail in # Carlito's Way by Brian De Palma, but has a long career in film and TV. Some of the films she has appeared in are The Boss and the Freshman, Awakenings, Relic - The Evolution of Terror. Instead, she on television she worked on the Vanished and American Crime series.


Niecy Nash - Glenda Cleveland

Niecy Nash is another name known to Ryan Murphy fans. She the actress appeared in Scream Queens as Denise Hemphill, but she looks back on a long career in film and television. Among her main works are the films Selma-The Road to Freedom and Downsizing-Living Big and the series #When They See Us and Never have I ever ...
In Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story she plays Glenda Cleveland, a neighbor of the serial killer who has called the police several times and has also tried to contact the FBI to report the strange behavior of the man, without ever being heard.

Shaun J. Brown - Tracy

Shaun J. Brown is Tracy, Jeffrey Dahmer's latest victim. The young man managed to miraculously escape the serial killer and his denunciation led to the capture of the man.
The actor born in 1987 has appeared in numerous TV series, including Future Man and Into the Dark. Among his most recent works is the film Run.

Colin Ford - Chazz

Colin Ford is a US actor and voice actor best known for his role as Joe McAlister in the Under the Dome series. He also appeared in the films Push and Captain Marvel and gave the face of young Sam Winchester in 6 episodes of Supernatural. 
In Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story he plays a character named Chazz.

The team behind Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is signed by Ryan Murphy and his longtime collaborator, Ian Brennan. The direction of the pilot was entrusted to carl franklin (Mindhunter, The Leftovers), while Janet Mock (Pose, Hollywood) will direct an unspecified number of episodes. She will also be in charge of the script along with Ian Brennan and David McMillan.

Murphy, Brennan, Franklin and Mock will also executive produce the series. The team is completed by Color of Change's Rashad Robinson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Eric Kovtun and Scott Robertson.

How many episodes does Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story have?

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is a limited series and consists of 10 episodes.

Where can you see Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story?

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story will be available on Netflix. At the moment, a release date for the minisere has not yet been announced.

Who plays Jeffrey Dahmer in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story?

Playing serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is Evan Peters.

Sources: Deadline, What's on Netflix

Photo cover credits: "Ryan Murphy" by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo text credits: "Jeffrey Dahmer with an ice bong #WeirdestthingIsawonsocialmediatoday" by snakepliskens is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, "Evan Peters" by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0, "Richard Jenkins" by DrabikPany is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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