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The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012)

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An experimental documentary that uses archival footage, interviews, and fictionalized scenarios to tell the story of the people around Jeffrey Dahmer, during the summer of his arrest in 1991.
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Credited cast:
Andrew Swant ... Jeffrey Dahmer
Pamela Bass ... Herself - Neighbor
Jeffrey Jentzen Jeffrey Jentzen ... Himself - Medical Examiner
Pat Kennedy ... Himself - Detective
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Ashbrook Tom Ashbrook ... Radio Show Host (voice)
Peter Batchelder Peter Batchelder ... Crime Scene Investigator #1
Todd Bishop ... Haz-Mat Man #1
Dick Blau Dick Blau ... Optometrist
Mark Borchardt ... Man with glasses
Brenda Bowen-Avant Brenda Bowen-Avant ... Bus Rider with baby
Matt Brush Matt Brush ... Liquor Store Employee
Bryan Cherry Bryan Cherry ... Hotel Date
Candace Cherry Candace Cherry ... Bus person
Bobby Ciraldo ... Hotel day clerk
Patrick Connelly Patrick Connelly ... Grocery Store Employee


In 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. This film explores the city of Milwaukee 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. Written by Anonymous

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10 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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Won the Milwaukee Film Festival's Cream City Cinema Grand Jury Award for 2012. See more »


When Dahmer is watching the Chicago Pride Parade go by, there is a woman in the front row of spectators recording the event on her smart phone. This was supposed to be 1991. See more »


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Good Look at Those Around Dahmer
12 April 2014 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012)

*** (out of 4)

Good, if at times uneven, documentary taking a look at three people who were close to Jeffrey Dahmer at the time he was arrested for what turned out to be one of the most shocking crimes in American history. This documentary features interviews with the neighbor Pamela Bass, the medical examiner Jeffrey Jentzen and most interesting is Pat Kennedy, the detective who talked with Dahmer after his arrest and got the confession. The film also has actor Andrew Swant playing Dahmer during a few scenes as we see him on a day-to-day basis as he carries out certain acts of his crimes. THE JEFFREY DAHMER FILES isn't your typical documentary and perhaps that's a good thing. I will admit that at first it was a little strange seeing how the film went back and forth between the documentary aspect and the docu-drama but once you got comfortable with it the film flowed much better. At just 76-minutes the thing never wears out its welcome and in fact I think that a longer running time probably would have helped matters as there are all sorts of questions that aren't answered. I think the highlights of the film involve the detective as he gives a first-hand account of how Dahmer was acting after being arrested and what it finally took for him to realize that his days were over as a free man and that he might as well start talking. I thought the relationship the two men formed was quite interesting and these stories are certainly the best in the film. The neighbor aspect wasn't nearly as interesting but she does answer a few good questions like what it was like having someone like this murdering people just feet away from her.

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