The Jeffrey Dahmer Files


In 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. The unsettling new documentary The Jeffrey Dahmer Files offers new insights even for those who know the story well, exploring the ripple effects of these grisly crimes on the residents of Milwaukee by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, and neighbor Pamela Bass are interwoven with archival footage and recreations of everyday scenes from Dahmer’s life, working collectively to bring fresh detail and even surprising humanity to the life of one of America‚Äôs most notorious serial killers. (Dir. by Chris James Thompson, 2012, USA, 76 mins., Not Rated, IFC Midnight) Digital