Glenda Cleveland was not actually Dahmer's next door neighbour. In real life, she lived in a separate building.
According to Anne E. Schwartz – a crime reporter for the Milwaukee Journal in 1991 – Glenda lived in a different building at the Oxford apartments. "In the first five minutes of the first episode, you have Glenda Cleveland knocking on his door. None of that ever happened", she told The Independent.
John Balcerzak and Joseph Gabrish were two officers who had the chance to help 14-year old Konerak Sinthasomphone, one of Dahmer's victims. In the series, they are later awarded with "Officer of the Year" accolades, but this isn't actually what happened.
Balcerzak and Gabris let Dahmer take Sinthasomphone back to his apartment after they were convinced he was Dahmer's 19-year-old lover. They were initially suspended after Sinthasomphone was killed, but were later reinstated to the force in 1994 after a judge ruled their firing as "too harsh".
During the trial in the show, Judge William Gardner requests that a child translate Sounthone Sinthasomophone's (Konerak's father) testimony at one point. In reality, none of the Sinthasomophone family were present for the trial.
According to Anne E. Schwartz's book, the Sinthasomophone family never showed up to the hearing because they weren't even told it was happening!
It was Dahmer himself who decided not to go through with the killing of Ron Flowers.
According to crime reporter Anne E. Schwartz's book, Dahmer didn't kill Flowers after drugging him as he weighed 250 pounds, and he wasn't sure whether he could move the body himself. However, in the series, it shows Dahmer's grandma interfering in his plans.
Dahmer's father – Lionel – was a research chemist, and thought his son had taken an interest in his work. They did not dissect roadkill together as the series showed.
According to The New Yorker, Lionel Dahmer didn't learn about his son's weird preoccupation with dead animals until his murder trial. They didn't – as the show implies – drive around looking for roadkill to dissect in the garage.
He also wasn't sued by all 17 of the victims families as in the series.
Netflix depicts that after Lionel published his book – A Father's Story – all 17 families tried to sue him for royalties as he had not asked permission to use their life stories. However, according to the Orlando Sentinel, only two families attempted to sue the serial killer's father, saying he had "invaded their privacy by including them in his book."
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