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Evan Peters Haunts In Netflix’s ‘DAHMER’

Evan Peters takes on a disturbing real life monster as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the new Netflix series. Here is everything to know about the series, from plot, characters, and reactions to the horrifying show.

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What is DAHMER about? 

DAHMER- Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer story was created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan. It follows Jeffrey Dahmer, one of America’s most notorious serial killers from Milwaukee, from the point of view of his victims. Audiences follow flashbacks of the serial killer from his youth while also seeing the murders take place.

While Evan Peters plays central character Jeffrey, this 10 episode series also focuses on his victims. Jeffrey Dahmer sought out and killed 17 teen boys and young men, and evaded arrest for almost 13 years. Here are some of the victims mentioned and who plays them in the show: Cameron Cowperthwaite as Steven HicksVince Hill-Bedford as Steven Tuomi, Kieran Tamondong as Konerak Sinthasomphone, and Rodney Burford as Tony Hughes.

Along with these characters, Niecy Nash plays Glenda Cleveland, Jeffrey’s neighbor who continually told the police she was suspicious of Jeffrey. Richard Jenkins plays Jeffery’s father Lionel Dahmer, Penelope Ann Miller plays Jefferey’s mother Joyce Dahmer, Molly Ringwald plays Lionel’s second wife Shari, and Michael Learned plays Jeffrey’s grandmotherCatherine Dahmer.

Shaun J. Brown and Dyllón Burnside play Tracy Edwards and Ronald Flowers, 2 young men who escaped Jeffrey’s apartment and helped police discover the truth about Jeffrey’s killings. Furly McFly portrays Christopher Scarver, the man who kills Jeffrey Dahmer in prison.

Evan Peters’ process on becoming Jeffrey Dahmer

Evan Peters has played dangerous, disturbing roles before like in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Stories series. Nothing comes close to playing a real life serial killer, though. In a new featurette from Netflix, Peters explains his process of getting into character.

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“I immediately went to YouTube and watched the Stone Phillips interview,” he shares, “and then proceeded to read biographies, read the police report, and his confession.”

Evan Peters wanted his portrayal to be as authentic as possible. To do that, he had to reach some dark places.

“I was scared about all the things he did and diving into that,” he explains. “Trying to commit to that was going to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life. I wanted it to be very authentic, but in order to do that, I was going to have to go to really dark places and stay there for an extended period of time.”

Reactions to Dahmer

While the show focuses on the murders of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, it sends the message  of the failures of the police department. DAHMER shows that these victims were people, not just a part of a true crime story. Here are some reactions to the series on social media.

We must always remember.

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The root of the show.

Our hearts will continue to go out for his family and friends.

We’re thankful to hear about her now.

Catch DAHMER, now streaming on Netflix.


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