The cousin of one of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims says the new Netflix dramatization of the cannibal’s murder spree has dredged up painful trauma for his family — who are “pissed” at the streaming giant.
Errol Lindsey, 19, became the twisted killer and sex offender’s 11th known victim when he was brutally murdered in July 1991, after being lured to Dahmer’s Milwaukee apartment to drink beer.
Dahmer, who murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys, drilled a hole in Lindsey’s skull before pouring acid into it and decapitating him, authorities said.
The sickening crimes were retold in Netflix’s “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” which aired Wednesday — leaving many viewers “nauseated.”
Lindsey’s cousin Eric Perry took to Twitter after it dropped to slam the streaming hit.
“I’m not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge rn, but if you’re actually curious about the victims, my family (the Isbell’s) are pissed about this show,” Perry wrote next to a side by side shot of his cousin, Rita Isbell, delivering a victim’s impact statement at Dahmer’s trial and the series’ reenactment.
“It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?”
Isbell also told Insider that Netflix did not consult or pay her for the reenactment of her emotional courtroom outburst — which led to her being pulled off the stand by court officers.
“When I saw some of the show, it bothered me, especially when I saw myself — when I saw my name come across the screen and this lady saying verbatim exactly what I said, she reportedly said.
“If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought it was me. Her hair was like mine, she had on the same clothes. That’s why it felt like reliving it all over again. It brought back all the emotions I was feeling back then.”
Isbell told the outlet the show felt “harsh and careless,” in part because none of the impacted family members were involved or shared in its profits.
However, dredging up the painful memories the show brought back did “benefit” Isbell in one way, she told the outlet.
“Errol’s always going to be alive in my spirit. And then his daughter. I have to keep him alive so I can talk about him to her,” she said.
While widely viewed, the ten-part series has received backlash from critics and commenters who claim it is disrespectful to the victims to dramatize Dahmer’s 17 murders.