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Banned Book Review: My Friend Dahmer

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

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My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Reviewed by: Jenn, Cheyenne, WY

This graphic novel tells the backstory of how Jeffrey Dahmer, the serial killer, came to be. Derf Backderf, the author, was a classmate of Dahmer's. When he read about the heinous crimes Dahmer committed, he decided it was important to tell the story of Dahmer's life up to the point when he begins committing murders. (The book ends with the first murders Dahmer commits and they are not pictured.) You see that he was a loner. His parents were largely absent. He was obsessed with roadkill and collected the dead animals' bodies. He came to school drunk. Backderf's point is that if any adults had really taken an interest in Dahmer and noticed his anti-social and harmful behavior, perhaps they could have helped him find a better path. Backderf states clearly that he has no empathy for Dahmer once he begins killing. The book is a study of how a person can become a monster.


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