The owner of a true crime memorabilia website is looking to cash in on renewed interest in Jeffrey Dahmer thanks to Netflix’s recent limited series about the serial killer. Cult Collectibles owner Taylor James says he is willing to sell a pair of glasses he claims were worn by Dahmer in prison for $150,000.
The distinctive glasses are not listed on James’s website, which features a collection of items he says he obtained from a former housekeeper who worked for Dahmer’s father. The site’s “Jeffrey Dahmer Collection” includes cutlery, a bible, family photos, and prison paperwork, all of which James agreed to sell for a portion of the profit, according to TMZ.
According to its website, James founded Cult Collectibles, which he runs out of Vancouver, Canada for the purposes of “archiving historical true crime media, sourcing items for museums, research and consulting for documentaries” as well as selling “original merch.”
Between 1978 and 1991, Dahmer murdered and dismembered 17 people, most of whom were men of color. The gruesome murders and the failure of police to bring Dahmer to justice due to racism and homophobia is the subject of the recent Ryan Murphy-produced series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which premiered late last month on Netflix.
The series became the #1 show on Netflix and according to Variety, it was the most talked-about show on social media the week following its release.
The controversial series has been criticized for glamorizing Dahmer by casting frequent Murphy collaborator Evan Peters in the title role. The series has in fact inspired a recent trend on TikTok in which users of the social media platform have been posting videos expressing their attraction and even sympathy for Peters’s portrayal of Dahmer.
Meanwhile, family members of some of Dahmer’s victims have expressed outrage over the series, claiming it had retraumatized them. Following backlash from subscribers, Netflix removed the “LGBTQ+” tag from the series.