Saturday, November 22, 2014

Born to Kill?: Jeffrey Dahmer (1998)

Director: Sue McGregor

Writer: ???

Composer: Illinton

Starring: Steve Furst, John Backderf, Gerald P. Boyle, Nico Claux, Pat Kennedy, E. Michael McCann, Sopakliba Princewill, Robert K. Ressler, Tony Timer

More info: IMDb

Plot:  Jeffrey Dahmer was a homosexual sexual deviant who raped, murdered and ate parts of 17 victims. Like other killers such as John Wayne Gacy, he managed to elude capture while continuing to carry out his crimes. Like every other sociopath serial killer in history he believed himself to be completely justified in his actions. Why does a Jeffrey Dahmer happen? How does a man become a serial killer, necrophiliac, cannibal and psychopath? Many of the theories would have you believe that the answers can always be found in childhood abuse, bad parenting, head trauma, foetal alcoholism and drug addiction. Perhaps in some cases these are contributing factors, but not for Jeffrey Dahmer…

My rating:  8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

I've seen this twice now and it's yet another great British TV documentary that wastes no time and presents the facts in a straightforward and fascinating way.  The interviews are interesting and engaging, you get to see some grisly photos including one of Dahmer's victims sliced open, the visual presentation is compelling as is the score and it's just incredible the things this man did and got away with.  Dahmer was one fucked up cat and this short film (about 45 minutes) gives you a comprehensive look into what he was and what contributed to his desire to kill and eat his victims.  Watch the whole thing starting with the video above. 

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