The mother of one of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims is speaking out after the release of Netflix’s ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’. Dahmer is played by Evan Peters on the show.
Shirley Hughes, the mother of Anthony Hughes, spoke briefly to the Guardian on Monday and said the show’s portrayal of her son’s death and aftermath “didn’t happen”.
“I don’t see how they can do that,” Hughes, 85, shared with the outlet. “I don’t see how they can use our names and post stuff like that over there.”
The outlet noted that Hughes said it was difficult to talk about his son’s murder and politely hung up the phone.
Netflix did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Anthony Hughes, who was deaf and could not speak, went dancing at a gay bar in Milwaukee on May 24, 1991.
Dahmer picked him up, took him home, drugged him, dismembered his body and kept his skull. He was 31 years old.
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Shirley attended every day of Dahmer’s trial in 1992.
In 1992, Elder Durain Hughes, a Pentecostal minister, spoke to The Associated Press about how Anthony’s death had affected Shirley.
“It literally tore her to pieces,” he said at the time. “She’s come a long way. Now she has a lifelong desire to help other grieving families.”
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Shirley isn’t the only family member linked to Dahmer’s victims to share her thoughts on the hit Netflix show. Eric Perry, a cousin of Errol Lindsey, took to Twitter in September and deemed the show “retraumatizing” for the families of the victims.
After Netflix faced backlash over the show, the latest reporter to interview the infamous serial killer has pushed back at critics who claim Netflix’s new series about the killer “romanticizes” his gruesome deeds.
Journalist Nancy Glass has joined “America’s Newsroom” to discuss the scrutiny of the new series, “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” and her interview with the convicted serial killer in 1993.
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“No, I don’t know,” Glass told co-host Bill Hemmer when asked if the show romanticizes twisted tragedies. “I think what they’re doing is kind of satisfying our curiosity about how something like this could really happen. Everyone wants to know… how could this happen? Can I spot this How can I avoid this?
“I know that might sound weird, but I think it’s more about morbid curiosity than romance,” she continued.
Netflix has also faced criticism from family members of Dahmer’s victims, with some saying the platform should have contacted them about the series beforehand.
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“Anyway, it’s not a good feeling for the family members, but it wasn’t a documentary, it’s a work of fiction,” Glass said. “Like this idea that the neighbors were calling all the time, they didn’t. It wasn’t true.”
“It’s…a miniseries from a producer and writer who does really good programming, and that’s what they’ve done here,” she continued. “They kind of combined a lot of different things that are happening.”
Fox News’ Bailee Hill and Associated Press contributed to this report.