ByEmily Browne, writer at
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Emily Browne

The psyche of the Milwaukee Cannibal has been the subject matter of countless movies and TV shows over the years, but a brand new documentary being released next month by Oxygen will delve into the shattered mind of Jeffrey Dahmer like never before.

Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks combines new interviews with Dahmer’s mother and stepfather, Lionel and Shari Dahmer, as well as two men who accused Dahmer of sexual harassment while he was enrolled in the army between 1979 and 1981. Not to mention the testimony from man himself, speaking in the years before he was killed by a fellow inmate in 1994.

Check out the trailer for Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks below:

Jeffrey Dahmer is one of the world’s most notorious serial killers; murdering, dismembering and cannibalizing 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. His methods of mutilation are the stuff of legend. When the police raided his Milwaukee apartment in 1991 they found polaroids of his victims, four severed heads in the kitchen, two human hearts in the fridge, an entire torso, and many other body parts wrapped in plastic or dissolving in acid. It's hard to argue that this killer was anything other than pure evil.

Jeffrey Dahmer is also the subject matter of a very different movie which is also about to be released. My Friend Dahmer is based on the graphic novel by Dahmer’s childhood friend Derf Backderf, and follows an adolescent Jeffrey as he turns from troubled teenager to infamous killer. Played by Disney alum Ross Lynch, this is an insight into Dahmer’s past that hasn’t previously been explored, brought to you by someone who actually knew him. While young was clearly a weird and troubled kid, no one could believe what he would eventually become.

'My Friend Dahmer' [Credit: FilmRise]
'My Friend Dahmer' [Credit: FilmRise]

What’s fascinating about Dahmer is that there is so much source material to pore over. Once he was caught in 1992, the Milwaukee Cannibal was not shy about talking about his crimes, so there’s plenty of footage which helps us understand what drove this man to do such terrible things. Fortunately, once you’ve been completely freaked out by when it hits theaters on November 3, you have to wait just eight days to be creeped out by Oxygen’s Dahmer on Dahmer documentary, which airs on November 11.

Will you be watching either of these Jeffrey Dahmer films?


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