Milwaukee filmmaker Chris James Thompson never set out to make a movie about Jeffrey Dahmer. The idea seemed exploitative and sensationalist, and besides, he didn’t want to make money off of the victims and their families. But a colleague kept bringing Thompson ideas, and the thought struck him that a film about the notorious serial killer didn’t really have to be about him. There were stories – untold – about the people whose lives intersected with Dahmer in some surprising ways.
Three of those people and their stories comprise the film, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, which shows 4 times during the Milwaukee Film Festival, starting tomorrow. Bonnie North was joined in the studio by Thompson and two of those subjects – UWM professor and retired police detective Patrick Kennedy, who was the lead investigator in the Dahmer case; and Dahmer’s neighbor and friend, Pamela Bass.
Listen to the full interview at WUWM.