You can't be a true crime fan and not know the name Jeffrey Dahmer. You can't even be a history buff or general pop culture fan and not know his name, given how many documentaries and scripted films have already been made about his gruesome crimes. But yet another is coming: DAHMER - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, starring Evan Peters as the eponymous criminal. And now you can get your first looks at that version of the story before the series launches on Sept. 21.
The real Dahmer killed seventeen males between 1978 and 1991, often with incidences of dismemberment, necrophilia, cannibalism, and even preserving body parts. He was eventually convicted of 15 murders and sentenced to 15 terms of life imprisonment in 1992 and then later sentenced to a 16th term of life imprisonment, but he was killed in prison (by another prisoner) in 1994.
The 10-episode show, which comes from Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, will explore these crimes, but not just via Dahmer. The goal of the show, per the Netflix synopsis, is to center the "underserved victims and their communities impacted by the systemic racism and institutional failures of the police that allowed one of America's most notorious serial killers to continue his murderous spree in plain sight for over a decade." To aid in the authenticity and sensitivity of that, Color of Change president Rashad Robinson is a consulting producer on the show.
DAHMER - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story also stars Richard Jenkins, Molly Ringwald, Michael Learned, and Niecy Nash-Betts. The series is executive produced by Murphy, Brennan, Alexis Martin Woodall, Eric Kovtun, Peters, Janet Mock, and Carl Franklin.