The show about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer that just came out on Netflix has been criticized by the mother of one of the men he killed, Toney Hughes.
Shirley Hughes admitted in an interview with The Guardian that she hadn’t seen the entirety of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which included her son in one of its 10 episodes. She then pondered how such a show was created after concluding that the events depicted “didn’t happen like that.”
She told the outlet, “I don’t understand how they can do that.” I don’t see how they can take our names and spread information like that. ”
Hughes, a 31-year-old deaf man, was murdered by Dahmer in 1991. He was one of the 17 men and boys who were brutally killed between 1978 and 1991 in Milwaukee by a serial killer.
The sixth installment of the show, “Silenced,” which is about Hughes (Rodney Burford) falling in love with Dahmer (Evan Peters), delves into his life. The episode also includes a scene where he and his mother, who is portrayed by Karen Malina White, converse at the dinner table.
Hughes’ mother isn’t the only member of the victim’s family to criticize the divisive show since it premiered on September 21.
I’m not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge rn, but if you’re actually curious about the victims, my family (the Isbell’s) are pissed about this show. It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need? https://t.co/CRQjXWAvjx
— eric. (@ericthulhu) September 22, 2022
Rita Isbell, the victim of Errol Lindsey’s sister, similarly revealed in a piece for Insider that she had “never been consulted about the show” before its airing, despite the fact that one episode featured a reenactment of her moving 1992 victim statement against Dahmer.
Eric Perry, a relative of Lindsey, stated that his family was “pissed” about the show and questioned the need for yet another adaptation. He tweeted, “It’s retraumatizing repeatedly, and for what?” How many films, programs, or documentaries are required?
Perry added, “Like recreating my cousin having an emotional breakdown in court in the face of the man who tortured and murdered her brother is WILD.”
About Shirley Hughes
Tony Hughes’ mother is Shirley Hughes. She stated in an interview given after Jeffrey Dahmer was apprehended that her son was outgoing, enjoyed meeting new acquaintances, and enjoyed lending a hand to others.
She did not understand the horrible manner in which her son had died, and Tony had also planned to spend the night in Milwaukee, where he was visiting family.
One of the philanthropic groups offered therapists to help the victims’ families cope with their loss and move on once Jeffrey’s passing was made public. Shirley fought bravely, got back up, and sought solace in her faith.
After losing her kid, she was saddened and later spoke out against Dahmer. “I want people to realize that Dahmer is not a man who was suffering from a mental disease and unable to help himself. She described him as a monster who “should have been locked up a long time ago,” adding that he was acting with great confidence. Shirley proclaimed that Dahmer deserved to be put to death and begged people not to feel bad for him. I don’t care how long it takes; I want him to cook, she proclaimed. Shirley’s feelings of angst and hurt are natural, and her words shed significant information on Dahmer and his crimes.