The series has caused some controversy.
Jeffrey Dahmer’s dad thinks he knows what might be to blame for his son becoming a serial killer.
The story of Jeffrey Dahmer has fascinated those interested in true-crime for years and now the horrific deeds of the serial killer are coming back into the light due the Netflix series, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
The series follows the infamous Milwaukee serial killer who murdered 17 people between 1978 and 1991 – many of whom were young, gay African Americans.
In the series, Dahmer’s dad, Lionel – played by Richard Jenkins – speculates that medication taken by Jeffrey’s mother, Joyce, may have played a role in their son’s behaviour.
Although it is important to note at this point that this has not been backed up by any scientific evidence.
“You do know that pills are what started this whole thing,” Lionel says in the Netflix series.
“How many pills you think she was on when she was pregnant with him? Thousands. She was on sleeping pills, sedatives, seizure medication.”
Speaking about Joyce, Lionel added: “She never even held him. She scared the s**t out of him. And then she just left. She got in her car, she drove away, she left that kid in that house all summer.”
It appears the comments made in the series are in reference to an interview Lionel gave to CBS Inside Edition a few years ago.
“My ex-wife had been taking about 26 tablets of different medications about one month after becoming pregnant,” he said, before speculating about what potential effects this could have on an unborn child.
According to The Tab, he also blamed himself for not giving enough to Jeffrey emotionally.
He wrote in his book: “As a scientist, I wonder if the potential for great evil resides deep in the blood that some of us may pass on to our children at birth.”