The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

Directed by Chris James Thompson

What drives a seemingly mundane man to commit a series of acts so heinous that it captured the attention of a horrified nation? In the summer of 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. THE JEFFREY DAHMER FILES explores this Midwestern city by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections, archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer’s life work collectively to disassemble the facade of an ordinary man leading an ordinary existence.

What drives a seemingly mundane man to commit a series of acts so heinous that it captured the attention of a horrified nation?

Cast: Andrew Swant, Pamela Bass, Jeffrey Jentzen

Member Reviews

An interesting discussion on how the ripple effect of tremendously gruesome incidents can effect more than just the families of the victims. I did enjoy the small cuts to the daily life of Dahmer, which really sold how innocuous he may have seemed to those who had no idea what he was hiding. Worth watching to help understand how murder can effect us in the modern legal age.

Pogosama
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2 days ago

This documentary taught me something about the wide-reaching impact murder has on not just the victim and the victim's families but on a community as well. Worth watching.

redgypsyblues
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10 days ago

A documentary that doesn't wallow in gruesome images from Dahmer's crimes but instead focuses on three principals: Medical Examiner Jentzen, lead detective Kennedy, and Pamela Bass, a neighbor who lived across the hall from Dahmer. These well-handled interviews are interspersed with re-enactments of Dahmer going about his daily life, picking up men, and riding the bus. I found it odd that none of the interview subjects were identified at the beginning of the doc as is usually the norm. Not overlong and done with restraint, this is a worthwhile watch for true crime buffs.

LordWeasel
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25 days ago

Very good and one of the better picks on Shudder. I can still remember watching the Dahmer arrest and trial on TV back then. Such a bizzare and fascintating true story.

hammerhorror73
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a month ago

An interesting documentary with firsthand accounts. Detective Kennedy and Ms. Bass were particularly interesting to hear from. Yeah the reenactment scenes were a bit cheesy but overall it was good for its purpose. I think there are some other documentaries out there that start at an earlier point in Dahmer's life and may give more details as to why he became the person he was.

Spookylady
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2 months ago