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My Friend Dahmer

Derf Backderf
Derf Backderf

You only think you know this story. We all have that one friend we grew up with — the strange kid, the class freak, the one whose antics amused and entertained, maybe even alarmed us. That friend is invariably left behind when we become adults, faded into memory and filed away with our yearbooks and other teenage mementos. But every now and then we might wonder whatever happened to that person.

For one cartoonist who grew up in the small town of Richfield, Ohio, that question was answered without warning by every media outlet in the world. Derf Backderf tries to make sense of Jeffrey Dahmer, the future serial killer with whom he shared classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, libraries, and car rides. What emerges is a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a young man struggling helplessly against the ghastly urges bubbling up from the deep recesses of his psyche.

Abrams, paperback, 224 pages, published February 2012


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