'Learn from the horror': 'Jeffrey Dahmer Story' actress Keyla McNeely calls Netflix show educational

Keyla McNeely argues the Dahmer narrative must be shared, if only to stop something similar from happening in the future

'Learn from the horror': 'Jeffrey Dahmer Story' actress Keyla McNeely calls Netflix show educational
Keyla McNeely is proud of her role in Netflix's 'Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story' (IMDB & Netflix/YouTube)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Jeffrey Dahmer actress Keyla McNeely has said she is proud of her role in the hit Netflix series even though many people are unhappy about it. The actress said she believes significant lessons can be learned from the show. "Learn from the horror," she remarked. Keyla McNeely is an American actress and producer, best known for 'Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story' (2022), 'Stuck with You' (2020), 'Speed-Dating' (2010), and 'Excess Baggage' (2014).

Keyla, who played Dorothy Straughter in the Dahmer documentary series, also claimed to TMZ that before the Netflix docuseries became popular, many people knew nothing about Jeffrey Dahmer, his crimes, or his victims. She also claimed that the program sheds light on the ongoing racial and homophobic bias among police officers. People who saw 'Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story' will be familiar with cops ignoring red flags when it came to LGBT or Black people, she added. According to her, the Dahmer narrative must be shared, if only to inform others and stop something similar from happening in the future.

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Since its debut, the series has drawn much criticism for exalting the Milwaukee Cannibal, a known serial killer and sex offender. The relatives of Jeffrey Dahmer's victims claimed that Netflix portrayed a sympathetic image of the serial killer. Dahmer killed seventeen boys and men between 1978 and 1991. The crimes involved cannibalism, necrophilia, and the preservation of body parts. He was sentenced to sixteen consecutive life terms in prison before being bludgeoned to death in 1994 at 34. 

Earlier, the show's co-creator Ian Brennan had dismissed claims that it was at all sympathetic to Jeffrey Dahmer. Brennan gave an alternative viewpoint on Page Six, saying, “I think we show a human being. He’s monstrously human and he’s monstrously monstrous and that’s what we wanted to sort of unpack… We tried to show an objective portrait as possible. We did our homework.” “It’s interesting when horrific stories like that resonate with people. I think it’s a way for people to approach scary things about themselves, watch it (being) portrayed on the screen,” he added. 

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