My Friend Dahmer
Jeffrey Dahmer struggles with a difficult family life as a young boy. During his teenage years he slowly transforms, edging closer to the serial killer he becomes.
In 1974, Jeffrey Dahmer is a high school freshman living in Bath, Ohio, with his parents, Lionel and Joyce, and his kid brother, Dave. Jeffrey develops a crush for a jogger that he sees every day from his school bus. For a hobby, Jeffrey collects dead animals that he dissolves to the bones using chemicals provided by his chemist father.
In 1978, Lionel trashes Jeffrey’s collection of bones and orders him to make friends at school. During a lunch break, Jeffrey imitates an epileptic having a seizure, catching the attention of aspiring artist Derf Backderf and his friends. Jeffrey inspires Derf to draw him in various situations; drawings that would later form Derf’s “My Friend Dahmer” graphic novel. Derf and his friends form the “Dahmer Fan Club”, using Jeffrey for a variety of pranks such as sneaking Jeffrey in every club yearbook photo, and conning their way to a meeting with then Vice President Walter Mondale during a school field trip to Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey is eager to introduce his new friends to his family. But Joyce starts relapsing into chronic mental illness, leading to increasingly bitter fights between her and Lionel. To cope, Jeffrey turns to drinking heavily. He also starts killing animals himself….