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04th Oct 2022

People are being warned not to dress as Jeffrey Dahmer for Halloween

Steve Hopkins

‘Absolutely dreading the amount of Jeffrey Dahmer Halloween costumes we’re gonna see this year’

Netflix’s new series on Jeffrey Dahmer hasn’t left the headlines since airing less than a fortnight ago and it has some people concerned that the serial killer is going to become a favourite costume this Halloween.

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which stars Evan Peters as Dahmer, has taken the number one spot on the streaming service following its release on September 21.

Dahmer was convicted of murdering 15 men and boys between 1978 and 1991 and sentenced to serve 15 consecutive life sentences in February 1992. He murdered at least 17 men, most young, gay African Americans, after luring them back to his home with the promise of paying them to pose nude for photographs. He then drugged and strangled them and generally mutilated and ocassionally cannibalised their bodies. Dahmer was arrested in July 22, 1991 and entered a plea of guilty but insane in 15 of the 17 murders he confessed to. Two years after being jailed, Dahmer, then aged 34, was killed by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver.

With Halloween approaching at the end of the month, Twitter chat surrounding the show has now turned to whether people will dress up as the serial killer to frighten and entertain others.

Fans of the show are being urged not to out of respect for Dahmer’s victims. In recent days, Whoopi Goldberg hit out at Netflix for the timing of the series, saying “If that were my family, I’d be enraged”.

One social media user, Nicole Murray, shared her thoughts on the possibility, writing: “The constant lack of remorse for Dahmer’s victims on social media makes me believe many people are going dress as Jeffery Dahmer and his victims for Halloween and that is so sick.”

“And remember, dressing up as Ted Bundy or any real killer is not the same as dressing up as a fictional slasher,” another Twitter user, @Maumancillaa wrote.

“More so with the series that just came out, I don’t want to see a f***ing Jeffrey Dahmer on Halloween.”

A third wrote : “Since it’s officially October I feel like people need to be reminded that serial killers are not Halloween costume.”

And a furth user, @g0thwannabe, wrote: “No one wants to see your skinny blonde boyfriend dressed as Jeffery Dahmer. Real people were and still are affected. Victims’ trauma is not your Halloween costume.”

Last Halloween, the popularity of Squid Game, saw a stream of costume companies racing to cash-in, as the show remained in the top 1o until the end of November 2021.

The show’s iconic green tracksuits became the go-to Halloween costume.

Chinese costume producers in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, told the Global Times that daily sales of different costumes from the series reached as much as 3,000 units per day following the show’s rise and another worker in Futian, Guangdong Province said that their factory had to “work overtime” to meet the high demands.