Closing themes run through this finale, which tries to offer some kind of closure itself, but the lurid allure of unknowable evil remains the most pervasive idea.
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The final chapter of Jeffrey Dahmer’s life, according to Ryan Murphy, begins not with Dahmer himself, but with another serial killer of similar notoriety – John Wayne Gacy, the “Killer Clown,” who tortured, sodomized, and killed at least 33 young men in his home in the Ranch style in suburban Chicago. It says a lot about that dahmer Instead of telling us this information or expecting us to know it, we’re instead treated to an entire opening sequence of Gacy killing his final victim, just to get the point across.
Gacy was a terrible monster, of course, but why is he relevant here? Well, he’s about to be executed for his crimes, which means he’s all over the news while Dahmer serves out his jail sentence as some kind of minor celebrity, playing pranks and selling his autograph. During his incarceration, Gacy has found God and believes he is forgiven. As Dahmer sees his interviews, he begins to wonder if he too could ask for holy forgiveness and secure himself safe passage to heaven.
So Dahmer meets with a pastor and then his father. He plans to be baptized, to have his sins washed away, as if it could ever be that easy. These themes of possible forgiveness and mercy run throughout the episode and don’t just pertain to one man facing possible execution. Even Glenda is discussing the matter; She is so consumed with hatred for Dahmer that she wonders if she can ever move on.
On the day of Dahmer’s baptism and Gacy’s execution, which coincide, a solar eclipse begins to snuff out the light, as if the sun itself could not bear to watch.
Dahmer’s return to the Lord does not save him – at least not physically. In prison he had caught the attention of a man named Christopher Scarver, a convicted murderer who had found God himself. After becoming angered by Dahmer’s general presence and demeanor, Scarver investigates the nature of his crimes and is brought to tears by their savagery. Putting himself on the same work detail as Dahmer and another prisoner named Jesse Anderson, he beats them both to death with a metal bar from an exercise machine.
There is a theory that Scarver killed both men on racial grounds – Anderson had stabbed his wife in the face and tried to frame two black men for it, while the vast majority of Dahmer’s victims were all young black men. Scarver eludes this in dialogue immediately after he kills Jesse, but he portrays Dahmer’s murder in purely religious terms – believing 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 after Dahmer’s death. The idea of the degree becomes so subjective as to be meaningless. Following his cremation, which Dahmer himself requested without formal services or a tombstone, his brain is preserved for scientific study. His mother, Joyce, is excited about the idea and hopes to understand why Jeffrey was the way he was, but his father is dead against it. The matter goes to court, and the judge orders the brain destroyed to close a particularly evil chapter in human history. We’ll never understand why Jeffrey Dahmer did what he did. And while that might be a hard pill to swallow, it might be the best thing we don’t know.
The series ends with the names and photos of Dahmer’s victims being arranged on screen, as we are reminded that despite Glenda’s best efforts, no memorial was ever erected for them.
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