Making Peace With Monsters

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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.

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.More

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.More

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November 22, 2017
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