Saturday, February 23, 2013

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

My Friend Dahmer
This graphic novel is absolutely creepy, amazing, disturbing, scary, and is about a normal everyday high school in Ohio during the 1970s. It was the spawning ground of one of the most notorious serial killers of modern history, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Derf Backderf had the (luck? misfortune? unbelievable opportunity?) to know him.

The warning signs were all there (like collecting roadkill) and the kids all knew that there was something definitely not right with this loner. His only interaction with his classmates were when they used him in their pranks. For instance, they maneuvered him into yearbook pictures for all the different activities of the school, always lurking in the back row.

His parents had their problems and ignored him in their own selfish despair. He turned to drinking to try and forget his loneliness and growing need to mutilate living things. According to this story, not one single adult ever tried to help him.

I highly recommend this graphic novel.

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