In Netflix’s Dahmer, Incompetent Police Fail To Catch a Serial Killer
On September 21, Netflix released its latest docudrama, Dahmer—Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. In 10 episodes, the series tells the story of one of the 20th century’s most notorious and depraved serial murderers, with a particular focus on his victims. The Netflix synopsis wonders, “Across more than a decade, 17 teen boys and young men were murdered by convicted killer Jeffrey Dahmer. How did he evade arrest for so long?” The show points a portion of the blame at the police themselves.
The show opens on Glenda Cleveland (Niecy Nash), a single mother who lived next door to Dahmer (Evan Peters) in Milwaukee. She grimaces as she overhears unsettling noises from her neighbor’s apartment and smells putrid odors through the shared vent. Dahmer goes out to a bar and brings a man, Tracy, home with him. Almost immediately, the vibe turns threatening, but Tracy manages to escape and flags down a patrol car. While initially skeptical, the officers investigate the apartment and find the remains of numerous victims. Dahmer is hauled away to prison, and all is right.
Except as the rest of the series demonstrates, all is not quite right: As Dahmer is escorted out in handcuffs, Cleveland shouts, “I called y’all, and I told you over and over a million times that something was going on, and you know what you did? Y’all did nothing!”
Indeed, the real-life Cleveland alerted authorities to the suspicious activities of her neighbor at least two months before Dahmer’s arrest. As depicted in episode 2 of the Netflix series, Tracy was not Dahmer’s first victim to escape: In May 1991, Cleveland’s daughter and niece found Konerak Sinthasomphone, a 14-year-old Laotian boy, in an alley, naked and in distress. Nicole Childress, Cleveland’s niece, called 911, who sent officers and an ambulance.
But Dahmer arrived on the scene as well, advising officers that Sinthasomphone was 19 and that the two were romantically involved. Dahmer explained that Sinthasomphone, who did not speak during the interaction, was drunk and that they had had a fight. Paramedics thought Sinthasomphone needed treatment, but the officers disagreed and sent the ambulance away. Rather than probe further, the officers returned Sinthasomphone
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