Netflix’s show Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is making waves, and not just in terms of massive ratings. Some viewers have criticized it as needlessly voyeuristic and families of the victims, and those involved in the case have spoken out.
Journalist Anne Schwartz broke the story of Dahmer’s killings for the Milwaukee Journal in 1991 and was close to the case. In a new interview with The Independent, Schwartz has criticized the show for the portrayal of the police.
After her career at the Journal, Schwartz went on to work in communications for the Milwaukee Police Department and for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The show does depict police officers as racist and homophobic:
“I’ve spent a lot of time with them, interviewing the people who were at the scene. Again this is a dramatization, but at a time when it is not exactly easy for law enforcement to get trust and buy-in from the community, it’s not a very helpful representation.”
She has cast aspersions on the shows accuracy and how far it uses creative licence to stray from the facts:
“[The show] does not bear a great deal of resemblance to the facts of the case. In the first five minutes of the first episode, you have Glenda Cleveland knocking on his door. None of that ever happened. I had trouble with buy-in, because I knew that was not accurate.”
Schwartz went on to say that Milwaukee wants to forget all about the case and move forward. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is the biggest ever new series debut for Netflix, so they probably do not care and feel any publicity is good publicity.
In other news, Netflix has dropped the LGBTQ+ tag from the show after outrage from that community.