Ryan Murphy protects”DAmer.”

After the families of serial killers Jeffrey DahmerThe victims criticized the attack Netflix series for without applying before displaying them in “Dahmer – Monster: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer“, the creator tells his side of the story.

“It’s something we’ve been researching for a very long time,” Murphy said panel promoting the October 27 show. “And we — over the three, three and a half years that we were actually writing this, working on it — we contacted about 20 families and friends of the victims, trying to get opinions, trying to talk to people, and not one person answered us in this process.”

Instead, Murphy explains that the team had to rely “very heavily” on a team of researchers, saying it was “a nightly effort for us trying to uncover the truth about these people.”

Dahmer, which depicts the infamous serial killer’s rampage from 1978 to 1991, during which he gruesomely murdered 17 people and went on a rampage at least five others, the first started getting backlash after the September 21 premiere.

Just five days after the series debuted, Rita Isbell, whose 19-year-old brother Errol Lindsay was killed by Dahmer in April 1991, claimed she had not been told the series was being made – or that her testimony at the trial of a murderer in 1992 will be displayed.

“I feel like Netflix should have asked if we mind, or how we feel about making this. They didn’t ask me anything. They just did it,” Isbell said Insider on September 26. “But I’m not greedy for money, and that’s what this show is about, Netflix is ​​trying to get money.”

Two weeks later, Shirley Hughes, whose son Tony Hughes was killed by Dahmer in May 1991, echoed Isbell’s claims, telling The Guardian on October 10 that killing her son “wasn’t right.”

“I don’t understand how they can do that,” she added. “I don’t understand how they can use our names and post things like this.”

Despite the criticism, “Damer”, in which the main role Evan Peters as the titular serial killer, became one of Netflix’s most successful showsthe series has aired for 496 million hours (and counting).

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is now streaming on Netflix.