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My friend Dahmer

by Derf.

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Preface: the convoluted history of 'My friend Dahmer' -- Prologue -- pt. 1. The strange boy -- pt. 2. A secret life -- pt. 3. The Dahmer fan club -- pt. 4. Becoming the monster -- pt. 5. Fade to black -- Epilogue.

"You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer, the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper, seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, 'Jeff' was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides. In [this story], a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche-- a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget."--Amazon.com.

Community Reviews


Well, this graphic novel stuck with me for awhile after reading. Imagine knowing, spending time with, and even taunting a future serial killer. Did you contribute in some way to the evil? Could you have done anything to stop it? Definitely an interesting read.

Jeffrey Dahmer, High Schooler

Derf Backderf's fifth graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer, is doubly haunting, for both its unintentional as well as its intentional darkness. The author is quick to blame the adults in Jeffrey Dahmer's life, mostly his mother and his teachers, that should have seen Dahmer's downward spiral and intervened during middle and high school. But the author fails to recognize his own culpability in not seeking help for his (sometime) friend, who is obviously falling into severe alcoholism, and who he also bullies and then shuns. If you want a real downer to read, this is the book for you!

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