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Jeffrey Dahmer: why is everyone watching Netflix’s new serial killer series?

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Netflix’s new series gives viewers a gruesome seat into the life of one of America’s worst serial killers

If you’ve seen Netflix’s limited series, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, or you’re mentally preparing for Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes, you know the story is chilling.

The series follows the life of Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 boys and men from 1978 to 1991.

Dahmer committed his first murder when he was 18 years old.

These murders were terrifying—keeping bodies in his home for weeks before dissecting them, freezing them and boxing their bare bones under his bed.

Young men were lured to his home with promises of partying or money for posing for nude photos.

Once they were inside his home, Dahmer would drug them with alcohol or chloroform before murdering them. He also performed grotesque experiments on their bodies.

Jeffrey Dahmer as played by Evan Peters in the Netflix series.

According to FBI documents, Dahmer told investigators he even tried to create “love slaves”.

He did this by drilling holes into his victim’s skulls and injecting acid or boiling water into their brains, turning them into “zombies” in the process.

In July 1991, one of his intended victims managed to escape and ran naked down the street.

The man was screaming for help until a police officer came to apprehend him.

He led authorities back to Dahmer’s apartment where they found archived photos of his victims, along with multiple severed heads stored in a refrigerator and freezer.

They also found torsos dissolved in acid vats and mounds of rotting flesh throughout the apartment—evidence of cannibalism.

What happened to Jeffrey Dahmer?

Dahmer’s father claimed things changed after Jeffrey had hernia surgery at four-years-old.

After that surgery, he stopped speaking and became withdrawn. Some believe this contributed to the violence he later inflicted on others.

In 1981, Dahmer joined the armed forces but was later discharged because of heavy drinking.

Around this time, he began collecting bones from roadkill animals as souvenirs—a hobby that would eventually escalate into something much more macabre.

While serving in the military, he reportedly decorated his room with a poster of Iron Maiden.

He was also believed to be infatuated with the picture book, The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

The fairytale follows goats who try to cross a bridge when they are confronted by a troll who threatens to kill them.

In 1986, he moved into his grandmother’s house in Milwaukee so he could have more privacy for his gruesome activities.

But in1992, Dahmer—one of America’s worst serial killers—was arrested and sentenced to 15 life terms.

Two years later, he was beaten to death by a fellow inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage. He was 34 years old.

Why are we so interested in these stories?

Netflix’s gruesome story is smashing streaming records.

The 10-episode series surpassed ‘Squid Game’ and ‘Bridgerton’ in its first week, as Netflix’s most-watched offering.

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story‘, has become an instant hit on Netflix.

It has become the platform’s ninth most popular English-language TV series of all time.

“True crime is very different from the typical shows you normally have on in the background,” says Dr. Dean Fido, who is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby.

“They are the sort of stories you need to put your phone down and actually pay attention to. It’s a big puzzle and we don’t want to be left without a vital piece of information because we were checking social media.”

Dr. Dean Fido, University of Derby

The story of Jeffrey Dahmer is no exception to this rule.

His gruesome crimes are a stark reminder of the very real dangers that exist in our world today. But as audiences, we tend to seperate ourselves form this horror.

“As humans, we are always looking for something new and novel. Whether it’s good or bad, we need something that creates an element of excitement,” Dr. Fido said.

True crime remains highly popular—whether it is in the form of books, TV shows, podcasts or even conventions.

Dr. Fido believes it’s the perfect blend of curiosity, imagination and horror.

“When we mix this desire with insight and solving a puzzle, it can give us a short, sharp shock of adrenaline, but in a relatively safe environment.”

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Viola Davis achieves coveted ‘EGOT’ honour

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Actress Viola Davis has won her first Grammy Award, for her memoir audiobook, “Finding Me”.

The 57-year-old has now become the 18th person to achieve the coveted EGOT status – which involves winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.

“It has just been such a journey,” Davis said in accepting the award. “I just EGOT!”

Davis is the fourth Black person, alongside Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend and Jennifer Hudson to claim the honour.

Stars are still dazzling on the red carpet like Taylor Swift in a midnight blue gown.

Comedian Trevor Noah hosts the ceremony for the third year running, so expect some humour amongst the performances from some of music’s biggest names.

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TICKER NEWS will soon land on FETCH TV

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Next-gen news streamer TICKER NEWS is about to arrive on Fetch TV, bringing Australian audiences more live news and original programs.

TICKER will be available as a live network as part of the Fetch aggregation platform’s push into Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST).

TICKER CEO Ahron Young says:
“This is an incredible moment for the TICKER team and a great achievement. Since our launch in 2019, we’ve been focused on building a leading FAST news streaming network, and we are tremendously proud to be embraced by the team at FETCH.”

The addition to Fetch comes at an exciting time for the platform, which will soon become the new platform for Telstra TV.

Fetch TV currently has around 670,000 active subscribers, and Telstra TV has 800,000, cementing TICKER”s position as the next-generation news channel for Australians.

Accessible from the TV Guide, TICKER NEWS will be available to Fetch customers on their TV and on the Fetch Mobi App from March 1, 2023.

TICKER NEWS broadcasts globally around the clock, spearheaded by a team of award-winning journalists and international correspondents.

TICKER produces headline news and analysis with newsmakers at the top of each hour, with reports from correspondents Veronica Dudo in New York, Ryan Thompson in Paris and Adam Hancock Singapore.

In time for the launch on FETCH, TICKER NEWS will unveil a series of original programs, including Great Business Leaders and Billionaire Blowups, and a new program hosted by AFL legend Chris Judd.

Through TICKER NEWS Insights, host Mike Loder interviews global entrepreneurs and business leaders – giving them a unique platform to share their story.

TICKER CEO Ahron Young says:
“We are proud to call Australia home. Together with our distribution arrangement with Telstra TV and Flash News, TICKER has cemented its place as a fresh new voice for Australian audiences, who seek more fact-based news and less opinion.”

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Will ABBA win their first Grammy Award?

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The 65th Grammy Awards Kick off in Los Angeles shortly

 
Soon we will know if ABBA will win their first Grammy and whether Adele can continue her winning streak.

Beyoncé leads the nominations, with nine in total, followed by Kendrick Lamar with eight, and Adele following behind with seven.

This year, there are a staggering 91 categories, from Best New Age, Ambient or Chant album.

But the moment we’re all waiting for is the night’s biggest prize, Album of the Year.

Comedian Trevor Noah hosts the ceremony for the third year running, so expect some humour amongst the performances from some of music’s biggest names.

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