Jeffrey Dahmer's dad annoyed by Netflix emphasizing serial killer's 'sexual relations with dudes'

Jeffrey Dahmer's dad annoyed by Netflix emphasizing serial killer's 'sexual relations with dudes'
Lionel Dahmer was concerned his son and dreaded serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer, was being being 'sexualized' as he was being played by 'pretty boys' in the Netflix show (Screenshot from Badgirl/YouTube; Milwaukee Police Department)

BATH TOWNSHIP, OHIO: The father of serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer, reportedly believed that his son has been sexualized on TV shows and movies.

Lionel, Dahmer's 86-year-old father, was reportedly upset about Netflix glamorizing his son’s story by casting “pretty boys” to play him. Dahmer was portrayed by Evan Peters in the series, 'Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story', while Jeremy Renner, 51, played his role in 2002’s independent movie 'Dahmer'.

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One of Lionel’s assistants, who only wished to be known as Jeb, told The Sun, “I've heard Lionel say a couple times that he wishes that they would stop trying to sexualize Jeff. They have to have these pretty boys play Jeff. I think a lot of that irritates Lionel because he is so religious.” He added, “Jeff was a homosexual and Lionel wishes that that possibly wasn’t the case but everything’s already said and done and there’s not much you can go back to do to change any of that. But he wishes that they didn't emphasize that so much or glamorize that side of things.”

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Jeffrey Dahmer and his father, Lionel Dahmer on a live television broadcast talking about his murders (MSNBC)
Jeffrey Dahmer's father Lionel was reportedly annoyed with the Netflix series based on his son and how the serial killer was being 'sexualized' in popular culture (MSNBC)

According to the outler, Jeb said that Lionel would have preferred it if the makers focussed more on his son’s mental illness. “There have been a couple times where Lionel’s made mention that he wished there would be more focus on Jeff’s mental issues as opposed to him having sexual relations with dudes,” Jeb said. As per the media reports, Dahmer was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder and psychotic disorder.

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“Jeff had problems, let’s focus on the problems and bring awareness to the problems, not to him being a homosexual or whatever. I mean, that's kind of the point of all this, right? Bring awareness to the issues, that way you know what to look for to stop the next one. We’ve had all these serial killers and yet we keep seeing all these issues in our society." Jeb said, adding, “Why? Because we're focusing on the person, not the illness. I and Lionel have had that conversation quite a bit. We wish that the illnesses that caused them to do it were as spotlighted as much as the person, if not more.”

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Previously, it was also reported that Lionel and his legal team were also planning to take legal action against Netflix over the new series, which has raked up 625.5 million hours of streaming in its first 28 days, according to CNET. At that time, Jeb revealed that Lionel was upset by the fact that the streaming giant did not seek permission to use the tapes made by Dahmer’s legal team for the new docuseries 'Conversations With A Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes'.

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