With its stunning and disturbing footage, The Killing of Jeffrey Dahm has a storybook feel that makes it the perfect documentary for any serious documentary enthusiast.
The documentary, released on BBC1 on Friday, tells the story of Dahmer, a former inmate who was convicted in the 1989 killing of five young men at the Los Angeles County home where he was housed.
It tells the horrifying details of the murders, which were committed by a serial killer known as the ‘L.A. serial killer’.
Dahmer, who was a mentally ill and alcoholic, had been locked up at a psychiatric hospital in Orange County, California, for nearly 20 years.
He was also locked up for killing his ex-girlfriend, Virginia Dare, and her son.
Dahm was initially sentenced to death for the killings.
In the early 90s, after years of therapy, Dahmer agreed to undergo the treatment and began to take the medication that made him into a man.
Dangerous drugs have been used by serial killers, and Dahmer’s treatment has been linked to the mass murders of at least five women.
The documentary follows Dahmer and his family as he and his wife live through the trials of their son, Jordan, who is also being held on the same death row.
Ahead of its broadcast, Dahm was a poster child for the use of dangerous drugs, with the hashtag #drugsforkids trending on Twitter, and a petition to have the film removed from Netflix, the streaming service, was signed by more than 100,000 people.
Dahlmer’s family is also featured in the film, which chronicles the trials that have followed his son.
The Dahmer family also have a large number of followers on social media, including some of the celebrities who have been accused of being involved in Dahmers crimes.
The Killing of Jeff Dahmer is set to air on BBC2 on Friday at 9:00pm.