The family of Jeffrey Dahmer’s 11th murder victim have said they were “retraumatized” by Netflix’s re-enactment of an emotional courtroom meltdown.
The cousin of Errol Lindsey, who was 19 when he disappeared from a Milwaukee mall, took to Twitter to criticize the new series’ decision to include the heartbreaking moment.
Lindsey was reportedly lured to Dahmer’s apartment to pose for nude pictures, before being slaughtered by the infamous serial killer.
Eric Thulhu, 33, from Chicago, took aim at a scene in which his cousin Rita Isbell – the victim’s sister – is pictured exploding in anger in court in the new Netflix series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story .
‘I don’t tell anyone what to watch I know the real crime media is huge [right now]but if you’re really curious about the victims, my family (the Isbells) are mad at this show,’ Thulhu wrote on Twitter.
‘It’s retraumatizing again and again, and for what? How many films/shows/documentaries do we need?’
In new Netflix series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Rita Isbell’s ’emotional breakdown’ has been retconned and the family aren’t happy about it
Eric Thulhu, 33 from Chicago – cousin of Errol Lindsey, Dahmer’s 11th known victim – said the family had been ‘retraumatized’ by the new series
Netflix’s latest release debuted on Wednesday and the streaming giant – known for its true crime documentaries – is also releasing Conversations With a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes on October 7.
Lindsey was approached by Dahmer at a Wisconsin mall in 1994 and offered money by the killer in exchange for letting Dahmer take nude photos of him.
Dahmer then drugged Lindsey and began drilling a hole in her skull, before pouring acid into the opening.
Lindsey woke up during the horrific torture, prompting Dahmer to strangle her.
A few years earlier, the horrific story was repopularized when My Friend Dahmer – starring former Disney actor Ross Lynch – was released in 2017.
A quick Google search also brings up a wide variety of other documentaries that have been released since the sensational case hit courtrooms.
Thulhu went on to say that Netflix didn’t even “notify” the family of the new hit series’ premiere, as it’s “all audiences, so they don’t have to notify (or pay!) who whether it be”.
Thulhu (pictured) took to Twitter to denounce Netflix’s new series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, saying his family were ‘pissed’ about it
Thulhu said the family was not contacted by Netflix before the show was released and did not pay for its likelihood
The actress who played Isbell (centre) said she ‘didn’t know the victim’s stories’ [before the show]and could only imagine the impact of his actions on family and community’
“So when they say they’re doing this ‘out of respect for the victims’ or ‘to honor the dignity of the families’, no one contacts them. My cousins wake up every few months at this point with a bunch of calls and texts and they know there’s another Dahmer show. This is cruel,” he wrote on Twitter.
‘Like recreating my cousin [Rita Isbell] having an emotional breakdown in court facing the man who tortured and murdered his brother is WILD. WIIIIIILD.’
DailyMail.com has contacted Thulhu for comment and could not reach Isbell.
Dashawn ‘Dash’ Barnes, who plays Isbell on the show, even promoted the show on Wednesday, writing: ‘I didn’t know the victim stories [before the show], and could only imagine the impact of his actions on family and community. I think it’s really important to tell these parts of the story and I hope everyone who watches it has empathy for the victims and everyone affected.
In the side-by-side comparison, posted to Twitter, viewers can see how closely the recreation resembles the original.
Rita opened her statement by revealing that she was Lindsey’s “older sister” and referred to Dahmer, who was seated higher in the courtroom, as “Satan”.
‘I’m mad. This is how you act when you’re out of control,’ she began, referring to herself in a raised voice, rather than killing and eating people. “I never want to see my mom go through this again. Never, Jeffrey.
She began screaming at the top of her lungs in rage as she threw her body while on the stand in 1992: ‘Jeffrey, f**er, I hate you. It’s out of control.
Isbell finally approached Dahmer and her lawyer’s table, shouting that she would “kill him”.
“I could kill you, I could fucking kill you,” she screamed as the guards grabbed her.
Many of Dahmer’s victims were members of the LGBT+ communities and racial minorities
Dahmer (pictured in 1992) was convicted of 16 murders he was charged with and sentenced to 16 life sentences He was beaten to death by another inmate in November 1994 at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin.
Dahmer remained passive throughout the exchange.
Netflix’s reenactment followed every word of Isbell’s original testimony.
Isbell has largely remained under the radar since the courtroom blackout in 1992.
Since its release, Netflix has also come under fire for labeling the series as LGBT. Dahmer’s victims were largely from LGBT+ communities and racial minorities, with the killer having sex with several of his victims.
Many called out the streaming platform – which has now removed the tag – saying they were “flabbergasted” and “disgusted” by the choice.
Evan Peters plays Dahmer in new Netflix series
Dahmer in 1992 was found guilty of 16 murders for which he was charged and sentenced to 16 life terms in prison.
He was bludgeoned to death with a metal bar in November 1994 by Christopher Scarver, another inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin.
The Netflix series tells Dahmer’s story from the perspective of his victims and explores key mistakes made by Wisconsin police in handling the investigation into the notorious mass murderer, which made national headlines for acts of cannibalism and necrophilia involving its victims.
Actor Evan Peters plays Jeffrey Dahmer in the limited series.
The show also features actors Niecy Nash, Penelope Ann Miller, Shaun J. Brown, Colin Ford and Richard Jenkins, with directors Paris Barclay, Carl Franklin and Janet Mock.