The Jeffrey Dahmer Story's recap, which includes spoilers, includes an open discussion of the story's conclusion. Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Season 1, episode 10, "God of Forgiveness, God of Vengeance"
Jeffrey Dahmer's final chapter, according to Ryan Murphy, doesn't begin with Dahmer himself, but with another serial murderer of similar repute — John Wayne Gacy, the "Killer Clown" who tortured, sodomized, and murdered at least 33 young men in his ranch-style house in suburban Chicago.
Gacy was a terrible monster, but why is he still relevant in this case? While Dahmer is serving his prison term as a minor celebrity, playing jokes and selling his autograph, Gacy has found God and believes himself to be forgiven. When Dahmer sees his interviews, he begins to wonder if he may as well seek holy forgiveness and secure his way to heaven.
Dahmer meets with a pastor and his father, as if it could ever be that simple. These themes of potential forgiveness and grace are woven throughout the episode, but they don't just apply to a man who is facing his possible execution. Even Glenda is so enthralled by Dahmer's desire to move on.
A solar eclipse begins to blot out the light on the day of Dahmer's baptism and Gacy's execution, which coincide. The sun itself is unable to stand to watch.
Dahmer's return to the lord does not save him — at least not physically. While in prison, he had earned the respect of a man named Christopher Scarver, a convicted murderer who had himself discovered God. Scarver investigates the nature of his crimes and is brought to tears by their brutality. He beats them both to death using a metal bar taken from a piece of gym equipment.
Scarver eludes to this in a line of dialogue immediately after killing Jesse, while the vast majority of Dahmer's victims were young men of color. He believes himself to be a vessel of God's will for vengeance, acting on his behalf to destroy evil. (He was also probably schizophrenic).
Little changes occur in the wake of Dahmer's death. The thought of closure becomes so subjective that it becomes meaningless. His mother, Joyce, is open to the idea, hoping to understand why Jeffrey was the way he was, but his father is dead against it. The case goes to court, and the judge orders the brain destroyed. It's hard to explain why Jeffrey Dahmer chose what he did.
As we're reminded that, despite Glenda's best efforts, no memorial for them was ever created, the series concludes with the names and photographs of Dahmer's victims being arranged on-screen.
Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story season 1, episode 10, “God of Forgiveness, God of Vengeance,” is now available on Netflix. What do you think of the ending of Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story? Tell us in the comments.