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My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
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May 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2012, graphic-novels

My good friend Rhanna let me borrow this book, explaining that it was about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's pre-murderous stage (middle and high school) as written from the viewpoint of one of his acquaintances during that time period. At first I thought it was a work of fiction but then I realized that it was actually based on true events. Rhanna mentioned how this book actually makes you feel a little sorry for Dahmer (in my mind I was like, how can you feel sorry for a serial killer?!) but it actually does. Not unlike the infamous fictional serial killer Mike Myers, Dahmer seemed to be a sad young man leading a lonely and tormented life in the midst of many unsuspecting friends and family members. It was almost like he was drowning in a sea of torturous thoughts and agony while life just zoomed by him... quite sad, really. I can tell Derf feels a mixture of regret and sadness when he thinks of Dahmer and the possibility of a different outcome. I would admit to similar feelings-- one can't deny the absolute monstrosity of his actions yet Dahmer, at least adolescent and misunderstood Dahmer, is a character one can't help but feel sorry for.
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Anthony M Excuse me I feel bad for serial killers all the time. Everyone hatin' on them so badly.

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