Netflix released “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”, a limited series that depicted a closer look at the gruesome crimes of America’s most notorious serial killer on Sept. 21, 2022. While the series helped fans understand this horrifying case better, it was condemned by the relatives of Jeffrey’s victims for freshening their wounds. Now, fans are wondering if Netflix is coming up with Season 2. Read on to explore all about this.
“Monster” Season 2: Renewed Or Cancelled?
Netflix’s new ten-episode series “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” refreshed the memories of viewers as it provided a closer look at Jeffrey Dahmer’s horrific crimes. The “Milwaukee Cannibal” was arrested in 1991 after 13 years of terror, during which he sexually abused, murdered and dismembered 17 innocent men and boys.
“Monster” has gained an international audience, hitting the top 10 on Netflix. “Monster has more than 918,000 engagements on Twitter. The series has been a hit since “Stranger Things 2”, with more than 192.6 million views (at the time of writing). Considering its success, fans are wondering if the series is being renewed for Season 2.
At the time of writing, “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” hasn’t been renewed for another Season. Netflix has a set from before renewing any series, from considering the number of people watching it to looking at the drop rate. Most importantly, “Monster” is a ‘limited series’, which clearly means that this series will not be renewed for another season.
Moreover, the production team has covered all aspects of this case – starting from Jeffrey’s troubled childhood, to Glenda Cleveland’s encounter with Jeffrey, to a detailed version of his horrific crimes. The series briefly depicted the “cold case” of Dean Vaughn, whose murder remains unsolved.
However, the series has also covered Jeffrey’s murder by Christopher Scarver and the extensive trial. Even though “Monster” has been a big hit, there is not much left for Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, to showcase to their viewers. The series also shows how the Milwaukee police failed miserably in catching this serial killer for years. Being a “limited series”, there is no reason left for its renewal.
What Is The Response From Victims’ Families?
Despite its massive success, “Monster” has been criticized by many families of the victims who were brutally murdered and dismembered by the “Milwaukee Monster”. On September 22, 2022, a Twitter user named Eric, a cousin of Rita Isbell, tweeted a response to the show, stating:
“I’m not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge [right now], but if you’re actually curious about the victims, my family is pissed about this show. It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?”
He also tweeted, “My cousins wake up every few months at this point with a bunch of calls and messages and they know there’s another Dahmer show. It’s cruel.” Apart from this, Rita Isbell, who is the sister of Jeffrey Dahmer’s 11th victim, Errol Lindsey, has come forward and called Netflix “greedy”. She even revealed that she doesn’t have to watch the show because she has actually lived all of it.
— Carol DaRonch (@CarolDaRonch) September 21, 2022
Rita Isbell’s testimony has been played several times since the release of this series. She is the same woman, who confronted Jeffrey during his trial and called him a “Satan”. She was seen yelling at Jeffrey and the courtroom as she said, “So that’s why I said: ‘Let me show you what out of control is. This is out of control.”
During Jeffrey’s sanity trial, police recorded over 60 hours of audio wherein Jeffrey described how he ate his victims. He was heard saying: Once I fried the biceps of a man in oil, I used a meat tenderizer and ate the muscle because it was big and I wanted to try it,” Jeffrey added that it tasted like beef.
On the morning of November 28, 1994, Jeffrey Dahmer was killed by a fellow-inmate Christopher Scarver, who believed that he was the “chosen one”. Jeffrey was everything like a monster. Till the end, he had no shame, no guilt for murdering innocent kids and men, mostly gay and people of colour.