|John Backderf, back in the day|
From the review:
"Anyone picking up Derf Backderf's new graphic novel My Friend Dahmer in hopes of finding a snarky version of That 70's Show with special guest Jeffrey Dahmer will be sorely disappointed. Painstakingly crafted over 20 years, My Friend Dahmer accounts the prelude to Dahmer's notorious killing spree and therefore does not include the grisly details of his unspeakable crimes."You can access the April 2012 edition of either magazine through the links above or download the PDF directly here (my review appears on digital page 30).
Those two magazines are distributed free to every business and home within the Revere District where Derf and Dahmer went to school. People who knew the Dahmers still live in the area, so this story is as local as you can get. Considering that Bath, Ohio, likes to think of itself as a quaint bastion of Americana characterized by picturesque rolling acres dotted with rough hewn fences and stables, reminding them that Jeffrey Dahmer was part of it all was touchy business.
I ran across a macabre detail during this assignment that made the scenes depicting Dahmer's precipitous drinking binges even more chilling. My brother John and Jeffrey Dahmer shared the same birthday: May 21, 1960.
So that's what it feels like when a shiver goes down your spine.
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Derf's companion blog to My Friend Dahmer is full-up with fascinating side stories.
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