Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes is the name of the latest documentary in the “serial killer” niche available on Netflix.
Incidentally, Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes could be considered the second part of a franchise, since there’s currently Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, which you can also watch here on Netflix.
Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes, the documentary you watch out of inertia.
While there are interesting parts, when it comes to Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes, I would say that Netflix exploits the subject of Jeffrey Dahmer a bit too much in an extremely short time.
Understandably, the story of this serial killer is an unusual one even for true crime fans, but releasing the documentary shortly after Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story might seem a bit much. And not only does it seem like it, it really is.
Since the Ryan Murphy-directed miniseries brings an artistic addition to a grotesque story, releasing an episodic documentary not even a month after the first event may bore or, as the case may be, even annoy.
Despite already knowing the “narrative” beforehand, I watched both productions, perhaps to observe exactly how far Netflix plans to stretch the rope.
Basically, the streaming giant could have focused its attention on other famous serial killers as well (their numbers are by no means small, and their stories extremely interesting). One example is Ed Kemper, but he’s certainly not the only one who would have deserved to have his story told.
Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes has three parts in which, at times, you can listen to the actual testimonies of those who had the misfortune of being around him at the time of his capture and, later, his trial. You’ll also hear from Dahmer.
Let’s hope, though, that Netflix stops there on this one, since the aggressive marketing scheme doesn’t work like it used to.