"Mesmerizing and haunting... The Jeffrey Dahmer Files opens up a whole new perspective, acknowledging the banal and the baffling" -Los Angeles Times
"[An] intimate level of observation...is what distinguishes The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, an unconventional Milwaukee-made indie documentary, from all the other cultural ruminations on the story of this notorious murderer" -Salon.com
"This skin-crawling documentary from Chris James Thompson achieves most of its power from restraint... a meditation on perversion as hypnotic as it is repulsive" -New York Times
"[Filmmaker Chris James] Thompson has the tricky job of elucidating on the exhaustively documented events in 1991 Milwaukee, and yet The Jeffrey Dahmer Files feels unnervingly fresh, evoking a lean and loaded gut punch of comprehensively collected and communicated facets" -Slant Magazine
What drives a seemingly mundane man to commit a series of acts so heinous that it captured the attention of a horrified nation? In the summer of 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files explores this Midwestern city by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, and neighbor Pamela Bass are interwoven with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer's life, working collectively to disassemble the facade of an ordinary man leading an ordinary existence. This chilling documentary account of events leading up to and following Dahmerís arrest shuns sensationalism in a serious attempt to comprehend what the man did and why he did it.
Directed by Chris James Thompson, U.S.A., 2012, 76 mins.