Raising Jeffrey Dahmer

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Raising Jeffrey Dahmer
Directed by Rich Ambler
Produced by Wood Dickinson
Written by Wood Dickinson
Christopher Ryan
Starring Scott Cordes
Cathy Barnett
Rusty Sneary
Jeannine Hutchings
Bo Svenson
Cinematography Roland Schlotzhauer
Renegade Pictures
Distributed by Barnholtz Entertainment
Release date
  • April 13, 2006 (2006-04-13) (Kansas)
  • June 24, 2008 (2008-06-24) (DVD)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Raising Jeffrey Dahmer is a 2006 American drama film based on the case of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. The film is directed by Rich Ambler and stars Rusty Sneary as Dahmer, Scott Cordes as his father, and Cathy Barnett as his stepmother.


The film explores the childhood of Jeffrey Dahmer (Rusty Sneary) and his relationship with his father, Lionel (Scott Cordes), all during a trial in late 1991.


  • Scott Cordes as Lionel Dahmer
  • Cathy Barnett as Shari Dahmer
  • Rusty Sneary as Jeffrey Dahmer
  • Jeannine Hutchings as Catherine Dahmer
  • Bo Svenson as Detective John Amos
  • Erin McGrane as Joyce Dahmer
  • Kip Niven as Attorney Howard Parker


The film premiered at the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee on April 13, 2006 and was not released in mainstream theaters. It was later released on DVD on June 24, 2008.


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