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Jeffrey Dahmer victim's mother criticises Netflix dramatisation

The mother of Tony Hughes, one of the victims of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, has hit out against the recent Netflix series that explores the life of the infamous killer.

In a conversation with The Guardian, Shirley Hughes explained that whilst she hadn’t seen all of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, the ten-episode series was inaccurate, stating that her son’s death “didn’t happen like that”. “I don’t see how they can do that,” the mother adds, before explaining the difficulty of talking about the murder of her own son, “I don’t see how they can use our names and put stuff out like that out there”. 

The series, which stars Evan Peters as the titular killer, has been criticised by many for appearing to glamourise the life of a serial murderer. 

In addition to Shirley Hughes, more recently, a cousin of one of Dahmer’s victims came out against the Netflix series for “re-traumatising” him and his family. On Twitter, the family member wrote: “It’s re-traumatising over and over again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?… Like recreating my cousin having an emotional breakdown in court in the face of the man who tortured and murdered her brother is WILD”.

Although the streaming service wasn’t required to contact the victims’ families, since the story’s events are public records, the series has undoubtedly proved difficult for the families and relatives of all involved.

Starring Peters alongside Niecy Nash, Molly Ringwald, Richard Jenkins, Penelope Ann Miller and Colin Ford, the series continues to thrill audiences across the world.