Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, what is the background?
With its brand-new Ryan Murphy series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Netflix is retelling the horrifying true story of Jeffrey Dahmer.
The true crime thriller, which stars Evan Peters as the titular serial murderer, depicts Dahmer's multiple killings through the eyes of his victims.
Three weeks after receiving his high school diploma in 1978, Dahmer killed his first person when he picked up hitchhiker Steven Hicks and enticed him to his home. Dahmer beat Hicks with a 10-pound dumbbell when he tried to flee before strangling him to death.
Dahmer enrolled at Ohio State University after killing Hicks, but he left after just one term due to his continued alcohol abuse.
According to The New York Times, he later served in the American Army and was discharged with honors.
He moved back to Ohio to live with his father and stepmother, where he continued to use large amounts of alcohol.
In Wisconsin, where he was later transferred to live with his grandmother, he failed to keep a job and was the subject of multiple arrests for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct, according to Biography.com.
In November 1987, Dahmer was killed once more when he poisoned Steven Tuomi and seemed to attack him while he was unconscious.
Later on, he acknowledged that he had no memory of killing Tuomi. Dahmer started actively looking for victims to seduce and kill after killing Tuomi. He had murdered seventeen men and boys by 1991.