‘My Friend Dahmer’ offers a portrait of the serial killer as a young man

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SFGate—"My Friend Dahmer" focuses on Jeffrey Dahmer's (Ross Lynch) high school years, when it might still have been possible to avoid a murderous, cannibalistic path. Based on ex-schoolmate John "Derf" Backderf's 2012 graphic novel, this thoughtful, non-sensationalistic film focuses on the nurture-vs.-nature argument. Yet filmmaker Marc Meyers does not come down strongly enough on either side - nature or nurture - to establish the film as particularly trenchant, or necessary. It's not...

High school friend recounts time with serial killer in ‘My Friend Dahmer’. Derf Backderf admits he still gets chills knowing he could have been serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's first victim. "I've had a few sleepless nights pondering that one," Backderf said by phone from his home in Cleveland. "Especially because that first crime was a crime of opportunity, as opposed to his other victims, who were methodically stalked. Yeah, it could have been any of us, and that's something that took me awhile to come to terms with." You see, Backderf...