My Friend Dahmer: Derf Backderf (Graphic Biographies)
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But it was pretty uncomfortable how unselfconsciously he discussed participating in all these cruel schemes in high school and how if only some adult would have done anything.
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Freudian Excuse: Derf contrasts his own home life with Jeff's, which was marked by constant fights between his parents, the erratic and possibly insane behavior of his mother Joyce, and the lack of any support from either his family or the teachers at Revere High when Jeff's gruesome sexual fantasies began to manifest and he felt the need to drown them with alcohol. And though he claims repeatedly in the source notes not to be excusing his own behavior, these sentences are almost always followed up with "but we were just kids" lines.
It’s like watching Anakin turn into Darth Vader, only slowly and with no definable event to motivate the fall. It becomes worse when Jeff moves from collecting dead animals, to killing living animals, to finally killing a person.
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A sequence, gleaned from one of Derf's sources, finds Dahmer, lust and violence already tied together in his head, stalking a shirtless jogger day in and day out, with plans attack the guy. He has a shed out in the yard for dissolving roadkill animals in acid, a preoccupation very much disapproved of by his dad Lionel (Dallas Roberts) who nonetheless senses that Jeff may have inherited this obsessional quality from him. Lev Grossman, book critic for Time, named My Friend Dahmer as one of the "top five non-fiction books of the year".He's even Derf's first guess when he hears that someone from his high school class is a serial killer. Dahmer stalks the jogger and plans to kill him with a bat, but the man doesn’t show on the day of his plan.