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Raising Jeffrey Dahmer (2006)

R | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 2006 (USA)
Based on the true story of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, the events within the family behind, and leading up to his capture.


Rich Ambler





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bo Svenson ... Detective John Amos
Scott Cordes ... Lionel Dahmer
Cathy Barnett Cathy Barnett ... Shari Dahmer
Rusty Sneary Rusty Sneary ... Adult Jeff Dahmer
Luke Adams Luke Adams ... Young Jeff Dahmer / Young Lionel Dahmer
Lucille Louise Lucille Louise ... Baby Jeff Dahmer (as Lucille Louise Scanlon)
Jeannine Hutchings Jeannine Hutchings ... Catherine Dahmer
Frankie Krainz Frankie Krainz ... Victim No. 1 (as Frank Krainz)
Kip Niven ... Attorney Howard Parker
Granvile O'Neal Granvile O'Neal ... Detective
Walter Coppage ... Judge
Erin McGrane ... Joyce Dahmer
Jeph Scanlon Jeph Scanlon ... Mark Stanton
Kaitlyn Williams ... Little Girl
Kathleen Warfel Kathleen Warfel ... Dr. Price


Based on the true story of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, the events within the family behind, and leading up to his capture.

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Would you still love your son even if he grew up to be Jeffrey Dahmer?


Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The film takes place in 1960, 1969, 1973, 1978, 1988 and 1991. See more »


When Lionel returns to his mother's house, he turns on the television to see his son, Jeffrey Dahmer's mugshot on the news. In the mugshot, he has a handlebar mustache without glasses. This is a mugshot from his 1986 arrest (another mugshot from 1982 has him with the handlebar mustache with glasses, both arrests for indecent exposure). When Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested for murder in 1991, he did not have a mustache in his mugshot, and wore a windbreaker jacket. See more »


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very good film if you take it for what it is
11 October 2011 | by coreywalterSee all my reviews

This film was very impressive in my opinion, I'm a big horror and indi film fan and I look at every aspect of the film when it comes to entertainment value, directors use of lighting and camera work. Givin that this film was directed by and unknown director and featured as a festival straight to DVD limited run, this is a decent docudrama movie IF you realize the amateur and factual value....but be your own judge of it, rent it and give it a watch, I've read a lot of factual films and documentories. I've seen films from a series based on John Wayne Gacy, Ed Gein, and Ted Bundy. As far as facts go this movie is a must see. If your looking for entertainment then this may not meet your standards

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Release Date:

2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sorry Dad See more »

Filming Locations:

Kansas City, Missouri, USA


Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Renegade Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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