'Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,' a 10-episode series starring Evan Peters, has surpassed half a billion views on Netflix in its first weekThe series beat numbers previously held by other shows listed by the streamer, including 'Squid Game' and 'Bridgerton''Monster' is now the ninth-most watched English language series in Netflix's 15-year streaming historyDahmer's former Akron, Ohio, home where he killed his first victim, is valued at $372,000
Netflix’s gruesome retelling of the Jeffrey Dahmer murders continues to hit streaming records on the platform.
The 10-episode series, ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,’ has surpassed ‘Squid Game’ and ‘Bridgerton’ as the most-watched show on Netflix in its first week, as it has surpassed a half-billion views.
Created by Ryan Murphy, the show which centers on one of America’s most famous serial killers – who notoriously ate his victims – has become the platform’s ninth most popular English-language TV series of all time.
‘Monster’ debuted September 21 to an audience of 196.2 million. The show chronicles the shocking murders of 17 young men and boys at the hands of the Milwaukee killer between 1978 and 1991.
It retells the story of Dahmer from the perspective of his victims and explores major mistakes Wisconsin police made in handling the probe of the notorious mass murderer, who made national headlines for acts of cannibalism and necrophilia.
The record was previously held by another violent show, ‘Squid Game.’ The fictional South Korean series depicts hundreds of contestants bid for a massive sum of money through horrifying versions of playground games.
‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’ became Netflix’s most-watch series in one-week of airing
The 10-episode series beat out ‘Squid Game’ (pictured) after it amassed over a half-billion views
Pictured: The Netflix series ‘Bridgerton.’ ‘Monster’ is now the platform’s ninth most popular English-language TV series of all time
The show, starring Evan Peters, 35, features at least 10 incidents in which authorities almost took Dahmer into custody, extending his crime spree.
Peters said that he was ‘scared’ to take on the role due to Dahmer’s horrific past, adding that he had to go to ‘dark places’ during filming to get into the mindset of the killer.
Richard Rushfield, a columnist for The Ankler, told Good Morning America that the show’s success is derived from its violent nature.
‘True crime has become a huge phenomenon across the medium,’ he said. ‘I think that, in tumultuous times where people feel uneasy and a lot of anxiety about their world, watching true crime helps them sort of acclimate themselves to the worst things on earth and they become accustomed to it.
‘It makes the world a little less scary.’
The show, starring Evan Peters, 35, features at least 10 incidents in which authorities almost took Dahmer into custody, extending his crime spree
Peters said that he was ‘scared’ to take on the role due to Dahmer’s horrific past, adding that he had to go to ‘dark places’ during filming to get into the mindset of the killer
Pictured: Jeffret Dahmer’s 1982 mugshot. Dahmer claimed 17 victims over the course of his killing spree
Despite the series’ record-breaking numbers, others have been critical of the show depicting the trauma that surviving victims are now having to relive.
The sister of Dahmer victim Errol Lindsey, Rita Isbell, speaking with Insider Sunday, said that Netflix never reached out to her about the series, calling it harsh and careless.
‘I feel like Netflix should’ve asked if we mind or how we felt about making it,’ she said. ‘They didn’t ask me anything. They just did it. But I’m not money hungry, and that’s what this show is about, Netflix trying to get paid.’
‘For people who are traumatized, what happens is you’re hearing everyone talk about it,’ said Alyssa Mairanz, owner and psychologist with Empower Your Mind Therapy.
‘It’s being advertised all over social media and TV, and so its interface can bring back a lot of dark emotions.’
Pictured: The sister of Dahmer victim Errol Lindsey, Rita Isbell. ‘I feel like Netflix should’ve asked if we mind or how we felt about making it,’ she said
The show depicts Isbell directing comments toward Dahmer in an emotional scene
The Akron, Ohio, home where Dahmer claimed his first victim is now valued at $372,000.
Dahmer and his family moved into the residence in 1968.
Its living room was host to the 1978 murder of Dahmer’s first victim, Steven Hicks. The then 18-year-old bludgeoned Hicks with a 10-pound dumbbell and then strangled him to death.
Musician Chris Butler bought the home for $244,500 in 2005.
‘The house has a great vibe, I mean, after all, the house didn’t kill anybody, and I don’t believe in ghosts, and there’s absolutely no reason to think there’s anything untoward here,’ the rocker told the Observer at the time.
The single-family home features a dual-parking garage, stainless steel appliances and a fireplace on the just-under two-acre property.
The residence has been renovated numerous times since it was first built and most recently by Butler in 2007.
The former Dahmer family home, built in 1952
The home was last purchased by musician Chris Butler in 2005 for $244,500
Pictured: The living room where Dahmer claimed the first of his 17 victims, Steven Hicks. The home has since been renovated numerous times