Rita Isbell, the sister of Errol Lindsey, a victim of Jeffrey Dahmer, has spoken out against Ryan Murphy’s series about the serial killer.
was released on September 21 telling the story of Milwaukee serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
He was arrested and eventually imprisoned in 1992, before being Ki**ed during his incarceration at the age of 34.
The crime drama sees star take on the role of Dahmer, who was convicted of brutally killing 17 victims in total, all male, between the years of 1978 and 1991.
Following its release, a scene from the series went viral online due to its likeness to footage from the real-life court case.
The scene features Isbell, played by DaShawn Barnes, who is the sister of Errol Lindsey, a 19-year-old victim of Dahmer’s.
Isbell has spoken about the effect the series has on her after watching it.
‘When I saw some of the show, it bothered me, especially when I saw myself – when I saw my name come across the screen and this lady saying verbatim exactly what I said,’ she told .
‘If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought it was me. Her hair was like mine, she had on the same clothes. That’s why it felt like reliving it all over again. It brought back all the emotions I was feeling back then.’
She claims Netflix did not contact her prior to the series being released and that she feels the streaming platform should have asked the family about their feelings on the show being created.
Isbell added that if the show benefitted the relatives of the victims, it ‘wouldn’t feel so harsh and careless’.
‘It’s sad that they’re just making money off of this tragedy. That’s just greed,’ she said.
She revealed that the episode that depicted her appearance in the court is all she has seen of the series, stating that ‘she lived it’ so did not feel the need to watch more.
Isbell also paid tribute to her brother, saying his spirit will always be kept alive through memories of him and through his daughter Tatiana Banks.
A cousin of Isbell and Lindsey has also slammed the show, claiming their by the series.
‘I’m not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge right now, but if you’re actually curious about the victims, my family (the Isbells) are p****d about this show,’ Twitter user @ericthulu wrote on their page, who says Lindsey and Isbell are his cousins.
‘It’s retraumatising over and over again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?’
Netflix has also been criticised for , which has since been removed.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Netflix for comment.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is available to stream on Netflix.