While speaking at an event in Los Angeles’ DGA Theater, Murphy claims that he did contact around 20 of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims’ families and friends, but never heard back.

AceShowbiz -“DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” creator Ryan Murphy has reacted to backlash over the hit Netflix series. While speaking at an event in Los Angeles’ DGA Theater on Thursday, October 27, Murphy claimed that he did contact the families and friends of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims, but none of them responded.

“Over the course of the three, three and a half years when we were really writing it, working on it, we reached out to 20, around 20 of the victims’ families and friends, trying to get input, trying to talk to people, and not a single person responded to us in that process,” Murphy explained.

He continued, “So we relied very, very heavily on our incredible group of researchers who… I don’t even know how they found a lot of this stuff. But it was just like a night and day effort trying to uncover the truth of these people.”

During the panel, Murphy also added that he’s willing to pay the cost of a memorial for the victims if such event is held. “We’re trying to get a hold of people to talk about that,” Murphy went on to share. “I think there’s some resistance because they think the park would attract people who are interested in paying homage to the macabre… but I think something should be done.”

“DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” stars Evan Peters as the titular serial killer, who was convicted in 1992 of 15 of the 16 murders. Following the release of the series on September 21, families of Dahmer’s victims spoke out against the show as some people tried to dress as the Wisconsin monster for Halloween.

“I don’t see how they can do that,” Shirley Hughes, the mother of Dahmer’s victim Tony Hughes, told The Guardian. “I don’t see how they can use our names and put stuff out like that out there.” She additionally noted that her son’s murder at the hands of Dahmer, who was killed by an inmate, in 1991 “didn’t happen” the same way it was depicted on the show.

Meanwhile, Eric Perry, whose cousin Errol Lindsey was murdered by Dahmer, revealed that Lindsey’s family only found out about the series after it debuted last month. “So when they say they’re doing this ‘with respect to the victims’ or ‘honoring the dignity of the families,’ no one contacts them,” Perry wrote on Twitter. “My cousins wake up every few months at this point with a bunch of calls and messages and they know there’s another Dahmer show. It’s cruel.”

Errol’s sister Rita Isbell also said that she was never contacted about the show. When asked about the series recreating her emotional victim impact statement, Isbell told Insider, “I feel like Netflix should’ve asked if we mind or how we felt about making it. They didn’t ask me anything. They just did it.”

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