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Title: Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes

Year: 2022

Genre:  Biography  | Crime  | Documentary  |

Seasons: 1 |

Runtime:  180 min

Director: Joe Berlinger

Starring: Park Dietz, Wendy Patrickus, Kenneth Smail




In the early 1990s, the gruesome crimes of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer shocked the world. In just a few years, Dahmer had raped, murdered, and dismembered 17 young men and boys. His crimes were so horrific that they made headlines around the world. In 1994, Dahmer was finally caught and sentenced to life in prison. He was killed by a fellow inmate just two years later. Now, nearly 30 years after his death, Dahmer is back in the headlines thanks to a new Netflix documentary called Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes. The series offers a unique and unvarnished look at Dahmer and the unspoken realities of his crimes. It is sure to captivate viewers and leave them with a greater understanding of one of history’s most notorious killers.

The series features never-before-heard interviews with Dahmer himself, as well as with the detectives who caught him. Just like with the tapes that Joe Berlinger produced for Netflix on Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, is that it keeps repeating itself, not bringing anything new. Even though the killer is not the same, the procedure is replicated just like before. Here we have got a story that follows from the early days to his arrest in 1991. It follows up with riveting interviews of experts and those who knew Dahmer. The appreciation here lies foremost with how they show the archive that assembles a more distinctness with the killer.
As a standalone docuseries of three hours, it might be a kind of bleak but as a compliment to Ryan Murphy and Netflix’s fictional series, it is worth watching to fill the gaps that the fictional series couldn’t do. In this series, we get to see archive footage, and interviews. We get some more information but in its current form; it doesn’t have enough satisfactory material to achieve what other series might do. It’s short, it’s brief, and it gives enough to calm the true crime nerve but not enough to continue the story however, it’s better than John Wayne Gacy Tapes.  What’s most interesting is the exploration of Dahmer’s horrid mind and what exactly drove him to commit these gruesome acts. Despite its disappointments, which are not impressive, it’s worth a look just only to get your own image of the killer.


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