In the scene from Joker, Arthur, before shooting Murray on live television questions the audience live “what happens when you cross a mentally ill loner with a society that abandons him and treats him like trash?” The answer is now crystal clear. You’ll be a Ted Bundy. You receive the Arthur Fleck. You get Jeffrey Dahmer.
“Why does everybody keep leaving me?” is the question asked by Jeff when a Black gay man who he has invited into his home decides to go home when he smells human organs decaying inside Jeff’s fridge. It’s the first instance, in Netlfix’s Dahmer series that Jeff is more like a person trying to make friends rather than a monster that stores human hearts in his freezer and gets sexual pleasure from sexual contact with corpses. It becomes clear at this moment that Jeff as well as the rest people are looking for affection and love. He is in search of a person that he can go to a movie with, and a romantic companion who is willing to pose for him naked when he takes their naked photos. However, if these friends and romantic partners choose to walk away, Jeff murders them in bloody murder.
In the world of many documentaries and feature films about Ted Bundys, and Boston Stranglers, what sets Netflix’s Dahmer distinct is that it digs into the criminal mind and investigates the factors that make a person who is a serial killer. There aren’t many documentaries that will show the way in which society and the system have failed criminals due to their inability to understand. Joker with Joaquin Phoenix is another fictionalized story that is close to acknowledging that criminals seek assistance for their mental health problems, but aren’t always assisted in their efforts to heal. They aren’t accepted by society for their eccentricity and they are at a distance, pushing them over the edge.
In a scene from Joker, Arthur, before shooting Murray on live television, asks the live viewers ” what happens when you cross a mentally ill loner with a society that abandons him and treats him like trash?” The answer is now quite clear. You’ll be a Ted Bundy. You receive the Arthur Fleck. You get Jeffrey Dahmer.
Simply put, you ” get what you f *****g deserve.“
Netflix’s Monster The Jeffrey Dahmer story offers an eye to every one of us. The film follows a young Jeff who is trying for love within a world that’s cruel and cruel to the young man. Jeff is constantly disappointed by the people around him including his family, colleagues, and even the system that isn’t tolerant of gay men like him, who are atypical and don’t conform to the male stereotype.
Dahmer The Dahmer, however, doesn’t praise Jeff and his crime. Also, it doesn’t make him look cool. Jeff does not get a shiny dialogue or catchy phrases. However, he does be treated with compassion We learn more about his childhood that led him to commit crimes that were previously unheard of by the general public and the circumstances that drove Jeff to the edge of insaneness.
The loneliness and lack of Affection
Jeff was raised in a home in which he received very the least amount of love and attention from his family. They shared the same home as Jeff, but they were distant emotionally. Jeff’s parents were also suffering from the emotional trauma of their own face due to which, they could never understand Jeff. The loss of his parents hurts Jeff extremely hard and he was isolated during the spring of 1978. This is also the time he committed his first crime. A childhood marred by a lack of love and affection. Jeff’s later years, too, were filled with loneliness. He was unsocial, with a shy personality, making it hard to connect with people. Jeff was also greatly affected by the opinions of people about his character. The loneliness of his life made him want to meet people and find affection, which is why he invited friends to his house in the first location. But, Jeff seemed to know that, just like his parents, these people would also quit him at some point, and, before they did be gone, he made a decision to kill them.
Abandonment Issues, And Morbid Obsessions
Jeff’s method of killing people who didn’t like his company and then decided to leave him similar to the Black gay man from the first episode was his method to force them to remain even if they weren’t ready to. He was terrified of being abandoned, particularly following the divorce of his parents. Throughout his entire childhood, he believed that he wasn’t in control, and maybe the killing of people is his twisted and demented way of achieving an appearance of having charge of the events in his life.
Jeff’s obsession with having sex with mannequins as well as freezing human organs grew out of his love for taxidermy and morbidity. It began with dissecting roadkills and was transformed into something worse after Jeff began to get a sexual thrill from cannibalism as well as the touching of human organs. When Jeff’s problems with abandonment caused him to develop his murderous instincts and obsession with the Morbid that fueled his desire to kill innocents.
Dahmer illustrates that serial murderers, which are usually dismissed as soulless, cold-hearted monsters that read The Satanic Bible and watch The Exorcist III, are actually just similar to us. They also are depressed and afraid of abandonment. The same people have at one time in their lives, wanted a love that they didn’t get. In a bizarre method, Dahmer shows that there is the Jeffrey Dahmer in each of us when pushed to the limit we are all capable of doing the same thing as Jeff did and, if not more. However, even though there is darkness within all of us, we should get help when things get tough and not allow the darkness to prevail over the bright light.
Monster The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is available via Netflix.
Deepansh Duggal is a pop-culture, entertainment, and trends writer from New Delhi. He is a specialist in op-eds that focus on the gender and sociopolitical issues that affect showbiz and entertainment. He often writes explainers as well as reviews shows within the OTT area.