The mother of one of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims speaks out following the release of Netflix’s “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” Dahmer is played by Evan Peters in the series.
Shirley Hughes, the mother of Anthony Hughes, spoke briefly to The Guardian on Monday, saying the way the show portrays her son’s death and its 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.”
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 unable to 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 Dahmer’s trial every day in 1992.
In 1992, Elder Durain Hughes, a Pentecostal minister, spoke to the Associated Press about how Anthony’s death affected Shirley.
“It literally tore her to shreds,” he said at the time. “She’s come a long way. Ella Now she has a perpetual desire to help other grieving families.”
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Shirley isn’t the only family member connected to Dahmer’s victims to share her opinion on the hit Netflix show. Eric Perry, cousin of Errol Lindsey, took to Twitter in September and considered that the program “retraumatized” the families of the victims.
After Netflix faced backlash around the show, the latest journalist to interview the infamous serial killer has pushed back against critics who claim Netflix’s new series about the killer “romanticizes” his horrific deeds.
Journalist Nancy Glass joined “America’s Newsroom” to discuss the scrutiny surrounding 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,” Glass told co-host Bill Hemmer when asked if the series romanticizes twisted tragedies. “I think what they do is satisfy our curiosity about how something like this could actually happen. Everyone wants to know… how could it happen? Can I detect this? How can I prevent it?”
“I know that might sound strange, but I think it’s more about morbid curiosity than romance,” she continued.
Netflix has also faced criticism from relatives of Dahmer’s victims, with some arguing that the platform should have reached out to them beforehand about the series.
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“Whatever happens, it’s not a good feeling for the family members, but it wasn’t a documentary, it’s a work of fiction,” Glass said. “For example, this idea that the neighbors were calling all the time, they weren’t. That wasn’t true.”
“This is…a miniseries from a producer and writer who does some really great programming, and that’s what they did here,” he continued. “In a way they combined a lot of different things that happen.”
Bailee Hill of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.