This recap of Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story season 1, episode 10, "God of Forgiveness, God of Vengeance," includes spoilers, as well as an open discussion about the story's conclusion.
Jeffrey Dahmer's final chapter, according to Ryan Murphy, begins not with Dahmer himself, but with another serial murderer of similar fame — John Wayne Gacy, the "Killer Clown," who tortured, sodomized, and murdered at least 33 young men in his ranch-style house in suburban Chicago. Instead, we're treated to a whole opening sequence of Gacy killing his latest victim just to clarify the issue.
Gacy was a horrible monster, but why is he relevant in this case? During his prison term, Dahmer is all over the news, playing tricks and selling his autograph. During his imprisonment, Gacy has found God and believes himself to be forgiven.
Dahmer meets with a pastor and then his father. He wants to be baptized and to have his sins washed away, as if it could ever be that easy. Even Glenda debates the matter; she's so enthralled by Dahmer's desire for him that she's unsure whether she'll ever be able to move on.
On the day of Dahmer's baptism and Gacy's execution, which coincide, a solar eclipse begins to blot out the light, as though the sun itself cannot stand to watch.
Dahmer's return to the lord does not save him — at least not physically. While in jail, he had the interest of a man named Christopher Scarver, a convicted murderer who had himself found God. Scarver investigates the nature of his crimes and is shocked by their brutality; he beats them both to death using a metal bar taken from a piece of gym equipment.
Scarver claims that both men were killed on racial grounds — Anderson had stabbed his wife in the face and tried to punish two Black men for it, while the vast majority of Dahmer's victims were young men of color — but he frames Dahmer's killing in pure religious terms. (He was also likely schizophrenic).
Little changes take place in the days following Dahmer's death. The idea of closure becomes so subjective as to be meaningless. His mother Joyce is open to the idea, and his father is dead against it. The court decides to destroy the brain in order to preserve the extraordinary human history.
As we're reminded that, despite Glenda's best efforts, no memorial for the victims of Dahmer has ever been displayed on screen.
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