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 My Friend Dahmer, 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.
My daughter, after watching the movie made from this book, went online afterward and ordered the graphic novel. Said she read it in a couple hours on the porch that day and it was really good, so I’m gonna give it a go. Click the title to read alone. –CDM.