One of the most popular shows that was streamed on Netflix in 2022 was, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. This show gained a lot of positive and negative popularity in the United States for displaying the life of Jeffrey Dahmer and the crimes that he committed in a very explicit and twisted manner. There has been a lot of controversy behind crimesploitation shows like these since the viewers are put in a position where they are almost forced to feel empathy and sorry for the serial killer despite all the horrendous murders they committed. The producers of these types of shows and movies argue that they make them to raise awareness and give the public a better understanding on what goes on in a serial killer’s mind. Critics question whether it is necessary for people to understand what goes on in a killer’s mind or if this should be left to psychologists and criminologists.
The reality is that these shows use the argument of raising awareness as an excuse to be able to exploit these horrific stories for their own benefit. Producers will tell the story in a way they seem fit to gain more viewership and take away from the real issues that are involved in these cases. The show, Monster, depicted very gory and explicit scenes of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims and inaccurately told the story of several cases. Some of the victim’s families even came out to say that their story was not told the way it happened and that no one ever reached out to them for support. In addition, following the release of this show, Jeffrey Dahmer became a very popular theme during Halloween in 2022 as many young Americans were dressing up as Jeffrey Dahmer for Halloween. Critics of the show Monster argue that Jeffrey Dahmer is no longer alive, yet he continues to be immortalized by the creation of these shows that only glorify and give life to his horrific crimes.