The journalist who interviewed Jeffrey Dahmer speaks

(NewsNation) – This is not a documentary; it’s not even close. But a new 10-part dramatization about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, based on real events, is captivating true crime enthusiasts across the country.

“Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” drew huge ratings for Netflix. Created by Ryan Murphy and starring Evan Peters, the chilling series has aired for nearly 500 million hours since its debut just two weeks ago.

Dahmer, also known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal”, murdered, dismembered and often ate 17 men and boys we know of between 1978 and 1991. He is believed to have sought out victims due to his own loneliness and his despair. Dahmer confessed to the murders after investigators discovered the body parts of at least 11 men inside his apartment.

No one had access to Dahmer like journalist Nancy Glass. She was the last person to interview him before he was beaten to death in prison.

Delving into the mind of a murderer, Dahmer told Glass he wanted to possess and control the victims. He insisted that his cannibalism began with curiosity that ended with a desire to eat victims to make them part of himself.

“The consumption of heart and arm muscle. It was a way of making me feel like they were part of me. At first it was just curiosity. And then it got compulsive,” the killer told Glass for Inside Edition.

Dahmer also told Glass that killing gave him a “boost of energy”. The murderer seemed to crave a connection with his victims. Glass thinks it could go back to his childhood.

“There is an interesting thing that happened in his childhood. His father told me that his mother didn’t allow anyone to touch him except to change his diaper or hold him for a photo. And so he never really bonded with anyone. He told me he had no friends. And then what happened was he wanted someone to be with him to touch him. And he felt he didn’t want it. Well, he wanted to touch them. He didn’t want to be hit back. Because he didn’t like being gay. He didn’t like it. So he felt how to make these people part of me, and part of that for him was cannibalism,” Glass explained.

Some of the Netflix episodes have painted a sympathetic picture of Dahmer’s troubled life and suggest he may have felt remorse. During his own time with Dahmer, Glass insists he was a psychopath.

“But the thing is, while he said, Oh, I’m sorry, I wish I hadn’t done that, I should have had the death penalty. He was a psychopath. So who knows s “He really meant it. And you really have to see it in that context, because a lot of times people tell me he said he was sorry,” Glass said.

The Netflix series also addressed the tension and lack of trust between police and members of the Milwaukee community during the Dahmer killing spree. Especially after 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone escaped from Dahmer’s apartment when his captor came to the store. After a neighbor called the police, the officers eventually returned the child to Dahmer when he convinced them they were lovers. The officers were later accused of discrimination and insensitivity towards minorities.

Glass says a lot of Dahmer’s crimes come down to him being such a skilled liar, like in this case.

“Because he was so normal, he was able to get away with so many things. That’s what made it so terrifying, I think, but let me tell you something. One of the people, a boy, that he had drilled a hole in the head and poured acid because he wanted to zombify him. The kid ran away, ran away, ran down the street bleeding with a towel, a neighbor called the police. The police found the boy and Jeffrey Dahmer was such a skilled liar. He said, here is a picture of him posing naked for me. He was my lover, and the police returned him. And then he killed it,” Glass explained.

Glass believes the nation’s obsession with the new Dahmer series stems from the incredible horror of his crimes.

“I think America’s obsession with True Crime has something to do with the fact that reality, nothing is more gruesome, fascinating, interesting and sometimes even humorous, than the real thing. You couldn’t write this,” Glass said.

Even with record viewership, the Netflix series has drawn criticism from victims’ family members.

According to reports, a cousin of the victim, Errol Lindsey, said his family was “pissed off” about the show.

“It’s retraumatizing again and again, and for what?” said Perry. “How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need,” Lindsey’s cousin Eric Perry tweeted.

Following the series, USA Today released the names of each of Dahmer’s victims:

Steven Hicks, 18

Steven Tuomi, 28 years old

Jamie Doxtator, 14 years old

Richard Guerrero, 25 years old

Anthony Sear, 24

Ricky Becks, 33 years old

Eddie Smith, 28

Ernest Miller, 24 years old

David Thomas, 23 years old

Curtis Straster, 18

Errol Lindsey, 19

Anthony Hughes, 31

Konerak Sinthasomphone, 14 years old

Matt Turner, 20

Jeremiah Weinberger, 23 years old

Olivier Lacy, 23 years old

Joseph Bradehoft, 25 years old

While their families mourned the loss of their loved ones, Glass said Dahmer couldn’t remember their names.

“You know, he confessed like this when he was caught, a 160-page confession that he detailed, everything he did to each victim. But he couldn’t remember their names. They didn’t weren’t people to him. They were just objects,” Glass said.

Glass says she hasn’t watched the show yet.