‘They didn’t ask me, they just did it’: Rita Isbell on being portrayed in Netflix’s Dahmer
She accused ‘greedy’ Netflix of monetising the tragedy
Just five days after the cousin of Errol Lindsey spoke out against Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story; Rita Isbell, his sister, has officially condemned the series.
Rita famously had an emotional breakdown in court when coming face-to-face with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Her brother was his 11th known victim. The footage, which has gone viral on Twitter, was recreated in the Netflix series.
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Errol and Rita’s cousin, Eric, branded the show “retraumatising” for their family, and said Netflix was “wild” for even including the scene, allegedly without their permission.
Now, in an interview with Insider, Rita herself has called Netflix “money-hungry” for making another series about Dahmer. She claims she didn’t give permission for her breakdown to be portrayed by an actor, and she didn’t even find out until she saw the clip online.
“When I saw some of the show, it bothered me, especially when I saw myself,” she told the publication. “When I saw my name come across the screen and this lady saying verbatim exactly what I said… If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought it was me.
“I was never contacted about the show. I feel like Netflix should’ve asked if we mind or how we felt about making it. They didn’t ask me anything. They just did it,” she said.
Rita went on to allege none of the proceeds from Monster have gone to any of the victims’ families: “The victims have children and grandchildren. If the show benefited them in some way, it wouldn’t feel so harsh and careless.” Errol himself became a dad in the same year he died. He now has one grandchild.
She rounded off by saying “the show bringing up old feelings did hurt.” Netflix hasn’t yet responded to mounting claims from the victims’ families that they were never asked permission to be portrayed.
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