Rita Isbell, the sister of Errol Lindsey who was a victim of Jeffrey Dahmer opened up about Netflix’s new show. Isbell talked about how she felt watching “Monster Dahmer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” and it is heartbreaking.
Following the release of Netflix’s new show “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,’ Rita Isbell has opened up about what her thoughts are on Netflix’s depiction. After her powerful tear-jerking statement during Dahmer’s trial 30 years ago, Isbell has lived a quiet life, but she recently spoke about the impact of the Netflix project.
Although Isbell says that she did not watch the full series because it was her reality, she shared that watching the segment of the show that depicted her raw account in court word for word was jarring to watch.
“If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought it was me. Her hair was like mine, she had on the same clothes. That’s why it felt like reliving it all over again. It brought back all the emotions I was feeling back then,” said Isbell.
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Surprisingly, Isbell said that the streaming company had not reach out to her to discuss her depiction in the show, and that did not sit well with her. In an open essay on Insider, Isbell expressed her thoughts on what Netflix’s motive.
I was never contacted about the show. 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,” said Isbell.
Isbell said that if the network had used the story’s roll out for a noble cause, she wouldn’t feel so resentful towards the production.
“I could even understand it if they gave some of the money to the victims’ children. Not necessarily their families. I mean, I’m old. I’m very, very comfortable. But the victims have children and grandchildren. If the show benefited them in some way, it wouldn’t feel so harsh and careless,” said Isbell. “It’s sad that they’re just making money off of this tragedy. That’s just greed.”
Twitter users shared their disapproval, and a relative of the victim also shared thoughts on what happened.
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
Movies like this only give future serial killers a blueprint on how to move nd not get caught. They hype this to much
— GeorgeSister🤞🏾 (@BigRekBihh___) September 22, 2022
Whatever healing the family may have had, this show is explicitly not helping. https://t.co/CPGvhpiwOD
— Dr. Madina (@madina_immuno) September 23, 2022
This is sickening. These real crime films mask the fact that these victims and their families are real people. People watching this likely will lose sight of that. One of his victims escaped and bystanders let Dahmer take him back, believing his excuses because the boy was Asian.
— ViolaKaur (@viola_kaur) September 22, 2022