What happened in the Rita Isbell court video?

RITA Isbell is the sister of Errol Lindsey, who was murdered by the infamous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer.

A new Jeffrey Dahmer documentary is bringing Isbell’s brother’s case back into the forefront after 30 years.


Rita Isbell screamed at Jeffrey Dahmer during the 1992 trialCredit: CNN

Who is Rita Isbell?

Rita Isbell has spent the last 30 years coming to terms with her brother’s death, but a new documentary is bringing back painful memories.

Her brother, Errol Lindsey, was lured into Jeffrey Dahmer’s home where he was drugged, killed, and dismembered.

Isbell sat in court in 1991, listening to Dahmer claim insanity, while his lawyers stated he was “out of control” at the time of the murders.

Dahmer was declared sane and competent to stand trial and admitted to killing a total of 17 boys and men spanning across ten years.

Dahmer was sentenced to 15 consecutive lifetimes in prison in 1992 and was sent to a high-security Wisconsin prison.

It was while he was there that Dahmer was killed by a fellow inmate while cleaning the toilets near the gym.

Dahmer was older than all of his victims when he was killed – all of whom ranged from 14 to 33 years old.

Isbell told the Orlando Sentinel that in the two years after Dahmer was sent to prison, she had received phone calls from men who said they were inmates and offered her their condolences before promising that Dahmer would be “taken care of.”

The last call Isbell received came six months before Dahmer’s death. She told the outlet that the caller said: “You don’t know me.

“I’m up here with Jeffrey Dahmer. Don’t worry. We’ll take care of it.”

What happened in the Rita Isbell court video?

Isbell watched as the family members of Dahmer’s victims walked up to the stand to confront him.

She described them as all with tears in their eyes down and their heads down, but she refused to do that.

As she approached the stand, she lunged for Dahmer, yelling that he’ll see ″what out of control is.”

Her voice began steadily as she said she “never wants to see her mother go through this again,” but as she talked, her voice rose to a yell.

“I hate you Jeffrey!” Isbell shouted in the courtroom as Sheriff’s deputies grabbed her and dragged her out of the courtroom.

She continued to yell obscenities, calling Dahmer “Satan.”

After leaving the courtroom, AP News reported Isbell said of those who spoke before her: ″They all had to just sit there and hold it in.″

″What he saw out of me … is what Errol would have done. The only difference is, Errol would have leaped over that table.″

The video of the altercation has been viewed 83.6k times on YouTube and is being recreated in the new Jeffrey Dahmer documentary which aired on Netflix on September 21, 2022.

The documentary titled Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has brought back the harsh realities of the trial and captures the pain and anguish in Isbell’s voice during the 1992 trial.

Isbell is played by DaShawn Barnes who recreates that moment with precise accuracy.

Although Isbell has not personally commented on the documentary, one of her family members took to Twitter to express their anger at the Jeffrey Dahmer documentary.

“I’m not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge rn, but if you’re actually curious about the victims, my family (the Isbell’s) are pissed about this show,” the family member wrote.

He said the series is “retraumatizing over and over again” and said: “recreating my cousin having an emotional breakdown in court in the face of the man who tortured and murdered her brother is WILD.”

He said he refuses to watch the show, adding: “My family is not happy. RIP to my cousin Errol Lindsey and all the other victims.”

Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 15 men and young boys in ten years


Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 15 men and young boys in ten yearsCredit: Alamy

Who was Rita Isbell’s brother Errol Lindsey?

Errol Lindsey was only 14 years old when, at a mall in Wisconsin, he met Jeffrey Dahmer.

Dahmer lured Lindsey to his home under the pretense of paying him a large sum of money in exchange for nude photos.

Once Lindsey was in his grasp, Dahmer drugged him and when Lindsey fell unconscious, he drilled a hole in the top of his skull and poured hydrochloric acid into it.

By doing this, Dahmer intended to induce a permanent and unresistant state, but Lindsey started to wake up.

During the trial, Dahmer said he then drugged Lindsey a second time, strangled him, and dismembered the body.

When he was sentenced for murder, necrophilia, and dismemberment, Dahmer read a statement where he accepted responsibility for the murders.

“I take the blame for what I did,” he told the jury and told Milwaukee County Judge Laurence Gram that he didn’t want any leniency when he received his sentence.

He told Gram that when he pleaded insanity, he didn’t want freedom, but instead claimed he wanted to understand why he had committed the atrocities.

“I wanted to find out just what it was that caused me to be so bad and evil,” he said. “The doctors have told me about my sickness and now I have some peace.”

He continued: “I feel so bad for what I did to those poor families, and I understand their rightful hate.

“I have seen their tears and if I could give my life right now to bring their loved ones back, I would do it.”

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“I hope God has forgiven me. I know society will never be able to forgive me. I know the families of the victims will never be able to forgive me for what I have done.”

When Dahmer was killed in prison in 1994, Isbell told The New York Times: “I wouldn’t say I wanted it to happen like this. But Jeffrey tore my family up.”

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