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Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story sails past Netflix record

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Streaming audiences cannot get enough of serial killers and their bloody murdering ways.

Netflix drama Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story became the third ever series on the platform to clock more than a billion hours watched.

Only Squid Game and Stranger Things season four have previously smashed that barrier, however those two titles both hit that mark in the first month and it took the Dahmer series 60 days.

Squid Game stands at 1.65 billion hours while Stranger Things season four is at 1.35 billion hours.

The ratings success of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has led Netflix to commission more seasons of the show, which was originally billed as a miniseries.

Two more instalments have been ordered, and they will follow other “monstrous figures”.

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story dramatised the life and grisly crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, one of America’s most notorious serial killers. Dahmer was convicted of 16 murders of men and boys, committed between 1978 and 1991. He was killed in prison in 1994.

The series starred Evan Peters, Richard Jenkins and Molly Ringwald.

Despite its popularity – or maybe because of it – it was mired in controversy from the get-go.

Whoopi Goldberg criticised the show, arguing that it and similar titles re-traumatise the victims’ families.

She said on The View, “[Series creator] Ryan [Murphy] is an amazing artist. If that were my family, I’d be enraged. Because it is being killed over and watching your child be killed and then you have to listen to how it went and all this other stuff, as a person who’s lost someone like that, it’s just – you can’t imagine.”

Goldberg wasn’t alone. Rita Isbell, the sister of Dahmer victim Errol Lindsay, was unhappy with a scene which recreated her giving her victim impact statement in court.

“When I saw some of the show, it bothered me, especially when I saw myself – 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 have thought it was me. Her hair was like mine, she had on the same clothes. That’s why it felt like reliving it all over again. It brought back all the emotions I was feeling back then.”

Ms Isbell said neither Netflix nor the production crew had contacted her about the show or her brother’s story.

“Netflix should have asked if we mind or how we felt about making it. [They] didn’t ask me anything. They just did it,” she had said at the time.

“It’s sad that they’re just making money off of this tragedy. That’s just greed.”

But others have made arguments in favour of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story in that rehashing the killer’s gruesome crimes sparks conversations about the dangers faced by members of the LGBTQI community at the time and the wilful neglect from investigating police officers.

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story comes from producer Ryan Murphy’s lucrative deal with Netflix, which has also included Ratched, Halston, The Politician and The Watcher.

Murphy is known for creating or co-creating heightened, dramatic shows such as Nip/Tuck, Glee, Feud, American Horror Story and American Crime Story.

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