The trailer is out for Joe Berlinger’s next Conversations With a Killer series, and this time, he’s focusing on famed Milwaukee serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who speaks through prison interviews recorded before his death in 1994.
“What triggered it all? I wish I could give you a good, straightforward answer on that,” Dahmer says in the trailer. “I just wanted to keep them. I guess that’s the best way to describe it.”
Netflix has timed the three-part true-crime docuseries to premiere on Oct. 7 following Ryan Murphy’s drama series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story starring Evan Peters as the famed “Milwaukee Cannibal,” which premiered on Wednesday. Berlinger has previously directed Conversation With a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes and Conversation With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.
“I had a drill at home, and uh, this is gonna sound bad,” Dahmer adds in the trailer — but we’ll have to watch the series to find out what horrific things he confesses to.
At another point, the voice of a newscaster warns: “Shock and horror as police carry out a large cooking kettle in the most gruesome mass murder case in Milwaukee history.”
“When Milwaukee police entered the apartment of 31-year-old Jeffrey Dahmer in July of 1991, they uncovered the grisly personal museum of a serial killer: a freezer full of human heads, skulls, bones and other remains in various states of decomposition and display. Dahmer quickly confessed to sixteen murders in Wisconsin over the previous four years, plus one more in Ohio in 1978, as well as unimaginable acts of necrophilia and cannibalism,” reads the official description for the series from Netflix.
“The discovery shocked the nation and stunned the local community, who were incensed that such a depraved killer had been allowed to operate within their city for so long. Why was Dahmer, who had been convicted of sexual assault of a minor in 1988, able to avoid suspicion and detection from police as he stalked Milwaukee’s gay scene for victims, many of whom were people of color? The third in a series from director Joe Berlinger (CWAK: The Ted Bundy Tapes, CWAK: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes), this three-part documentary features never-before-heard audio interviews between Dahmer and his defense team, delving into his warped psyche while answering these open questions of police accountability through a modern-day lens. Featuring fresh interviews with investigative journalists, prosecutors, psychologists, and victims’ friends and families, Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes shines new light on the intersection of race, class, sexuality, and policing that gave rise to one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century.”
Watch the trailer above.
Joe Berlinger is the king of crime documentaries, docuseries, and drama films, with his body of work including the Ted Bundy drama starring Zac Efron, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer; Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel; Murder Among the Mormons; Confronting a Serial Killer; Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich; Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, and Brother’s Keeper.
Conversation With a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes arrives Oct. 7 on Netflix.
Main Image: Jeffrey Dahmer in Conversations With A Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes courtesy of Netflix