Making Peace With Monsters

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November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the good in our lives, to be grateful for family and friends. But can we make one suggestion? This year, think about someone who could use a friend. That’s the theme of this story — it’s about a lonely, disturbed teenager. A kid who desperately needed someone to reach out to him. His name was Jeff. Or as you know him, Jeffrey Dahmer — the serial killer.

"My Friend Dahmer" by Derf Backderf

What do you do when your buddy in high school turns out to be the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer?

Still from "My Friend Dahmer"

Filmmaker Marc Meyers talked to Charles Monroe-Kane about the challenges of finding reliability in a character like Jeffrey Dahmer while not denying the monster he would ultimately become.

Still from "My Friend Dahmer"

So can we empathize with people who become monsters? Derf Backderf — whose teenage self appears in Meyers' film — certainly thinks so.

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October 16, 2018