Ryan Murphy's next project with Netflix will be about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer

By Tyler Aquilina
Updated October 03, 2020 08:00 PM
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Ryan Murphy has set his next project for Netflix, and his subject matter isn't getting any lighter.

The streaming service has greenlit Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, a limited series co-created by Murphy and his longtime collaborator Ian Brennan.

Dahmer killed 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991, the year he was finally arrested. Investigators eventually learned that Dahmer had postmortem sex with many of his victims and consumed portions of several of them. Dahmer was charged in 15 of the killing and his trial began in early 1992, with his lawyers arguing insanity as their defense.

The televised proceedings lasted two weeks, and Dahmer was eventually sentenced to 15 life terms. He was killed in prison in late 1994.

Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) is set to star as Dahmer's father, with a casting search currently underway for an actor to play the notorious serial killer.

Monster will be largely told from the point of view of Dahmer's victims, exploring the apathy and incompetence among police that allowed Dahmer to perpetrate numerous murders before his 1991 arrest.


The series will apparently depict at least 10 instances in which Dahmer was almost caught but ultimately let go. Casting is also underway for the role of Glenda Cleveland, a neighbor who tried to alert law enforcement of Dahmer's erratic behavior.

Carl Franklin (Mindhunter) will direct the series' first episode, and Murphy's Pose collaborator Janet Mock will write and direct multiple episodes, with both also executive producing.

Deadline first reported the news.

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