Dahmer Trailer Shows How Authorities Let a Monster Go Because of Privilege

Netflix has released the second official trailer for Ryan Murphy’s upcoming true crime limited drama Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which stars Evan Peters and Niecy Nash. The series will be available for streaming on September 21.

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The video puts white male privilege and racism in the spotlight. It shows how Jeffrey Dahmer was able to go on a killing spree for a long time because authorities always tended to let him off the hook despite pleas and warnings from concerned Black neighbors and victims who had the chance to escape.

Check out the Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story trailer below:

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is expected to dramatize at least 10 instances where Dahmer was almost apprehended but ultimately let go. The series will also touch on the subject of white privilege, as Dahmer — a clean-cut, good-looking white man — was repeatedly given a free pass by cops as well as by judges who were lenient when he had been charged with petty crimes.

Joining Peters are Niecy Nash (Scream Queens), Penelope Ann Miller (American Crime), Shaun J. Brown (Run), and Colin Ford (Daybreak), as well as Oscar winner Richard Jenkins.

“Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer gruesomely took the lives of seventeen innocent victims,” reads the synopsis. “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is a series that exposes these unconscionable crimes, centered around 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.”

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Monster is co-created and executive produced by longtime collaborators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, with Carl Franklin (Mindhunter) and Janet Mock (Pose, Hollywood) set as writers and directors. It will be produced by Alexis Martin Woodall and Eric Kovtun of Ryan Murphy Prods. and Scott Robertson, with David McMillan and Rashad Johnson of Color of Change set as supervising producers.

Dahmer’s story has been adapted several times now with Jeremy Renner, Ross Lynch, Carl Crew, and Rusty Sneary previously portraying the infamous serial killer.


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