Sister of victim killed by Jeffrey Dahmer slams Netflix for recreating her emotional ‘impact statement’

The sister of one of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims has spoken out about the recent Netflix show about the serial killer. Expressing her disdain for the ability of studios, producers and others associated with the series to monetize her family’s pain.

It’s been 30 years since her family made the headlines, but she’s put Rita Isbell and her relatives back in the spotlight with the newly released Netflix series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

In 1992, Dahmer stood trial for murdering 17 men and boys (mostly black and gay) between 1978 and 1991. Isbell’s brother Errol Lindsey was one of the men killed at the hands of the serial killer. In a narrated essay with the Insider, she shared how she felt as she watched the tragedy dramatically portrayed on the small screen.

One of the things that struck her was the incredible accuracy of the scene.

Isbell said: “If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought I would. Her hair was like mine, she wore the same clothes. So it felt like reliving it all over again. It brought back all the emotions I felt at the time.”

She said she didn’t finish the series because she didn’t have to.

“The episode with me was the only part I watched,” she revealed. “I haven’t seen the whole show. I don’t need to see it. I lived it I know exactly what happened.”

Sure she lived it. But many want to know more about the construction of that raw moment during the process that actress DaShawn Barnes seemed to draw them all into.

The nurse said: “Once I found out I could read a victim impact statement, I knew I was going to leave it to Jeffrey Dahmer. I just didn’t know what to say.”

Isbell believes if she wrote something down; she would probably have torn it up and spoken from the heart. Especially since it was the first time she spoke in front of her brother’s killer in the courtroom.

“My plans were to go there and say how it made my mom feel and what it did to her and all these other things,” she said. “But no, when I got in front of his face it was a whole new ball game. I have recognized evil. I faced pure evil.”

She also shared that she wasn’t afraid to see the man she called “Satan.”

While she admitted the actor made it, she made it clear that the streaming service’s show studio didn’t contact her family about the show and showed absolutely no regard for her trauma.

“I was never contacted about the show. I think Netflix should have asked if we mind or how we felt doing it,” she said.

Adding: “They didn’t ask me anything. They just did it. But I’m not cash hungry, and that’s what this show is about, Netflix is ​​trying to get paid. I could even understand if they would give some of the money to the victims’ children. Not necessarily their families. I mean I’m old. I feel very, very good. But the victims have children and grandchildren. If the show benefited them in any way, it wouldn’t feel so hard and carefree.”

Had her brother lived, he would have become a grandfather. His daughter is now 31 years old, born after his death, and she has a daughter.

“It’s sad that they are only making money from this tragedy,” she continued. “It’s just greed.”

Another of Lindsey’s relatives, Eric Perry, said he was re-traumatized by the show’s release.

“I’m not telling anyone what to watch,” he tweeted. “I know the real crime media is huge, but if you’re really curious about the victims, my family (the Isbells) are mad at this show.”

He continued, “It keeps getting retraumatized, and for what? How many series/shows/documentaries do we need?”

“It’s WILD to recreate my cousin having an emotional breakdown in court in the face of the man who tortured and murdered her brother. WIIIIIILD,” he wrote.

Family members aren’t the only ones denouncing the show.

According to Pop Buzz, many viewers believe it’s the “most disturbing” true-crime series of all time.

“This limited series by Dahmer on Netflix is ​​one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen and I feel like I’ve got a pretty high threshold,” tweeted Hutch, a popular YouTuber. “I’m not sure I’ll make it. It’s really terrifying.” Another wrote, “This Jeffrey Dahmer Netflix show is so freaking disturbing. He was a sick, evil man.”

Another person who saw the film tweeted, “The first episode of ‘Dahmer’ was horrific…I’m really not sure I can go on…”

“Evan Peters, who plays Jeffrey Dahmer, is really scary because how can he be so compelling.”

The series accurately depicts Dahmer confessing to having sex with the corpses of those he killed, dismembering them and, in some cases, eating their body parts. When arrested, he said, “I should be dead for what I did.”

Ultimately, after the trial, he was found guilty of 16 murders and sentenced to 941 years in prison.

Dahmer was murdered while in prison. A fellow inmate, Christopher Scarver, beat him to death in 1994, two years after that trial. Sister of victim killed by Jeffrey Dahmer slams Netflix for recreating her emotional ‘impact statement’

James Brien

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