In addition to focusing on the horrific atrocities committed by legendary American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, Netflix’s new limited series, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, also highlights his long-forgotten victims by recounting their life stories from their own perspectives.
Tony Hughes, a deaf and non-verbal victim of Jeffrey, has now been granted the opportunity to “tell” his story.
FBI records show that Anthony “Tony” Hughes was born on August 26, 1959.
According to The Sun, he had certain medication side effects as a toddler that caused him to lose his hearing permanently. Also, he seemed to be deaf.
According to Gallaudet University, Tony received his diploma from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf.
Shirley Hughes, Tony’s mother, told The Associated Press that her son was “outgoing, jovial, joyful,” and that “he could easily make friends.”
In May 1991, Anthony Hughes met serial murderer Jeffrey Dahmer at a homosexual nightclub in Milwaukee.
Dahmer was a regular who used to entice his victims with the promise of sex and sexual favors.
According to accounts, Hughes, then 31, consented to accompany Dahmer home.
It is believed that Dahmer suggested a naked picture session through written request.
Dahmer poisoned him and strangled him to death once he was inside.
Dahmer’s corpse was supposedly destroyed with acid, with just his skull remaining.
Tony’s Hughes mother discovered of his death in early July; he was first recognized via dental records.
“I thought I was going insane when it first happened,” his mother, Shirley Hughes, told The Associated Press in 1992.
She stated in another interview, “I simply prayed to the Lord to show me where my son was. I just wanted to know if he was alive or dead. It hurts because of how he died. It defies description.”
Shirley Hughes, Tony’s mother, characterized her son as sociable, happy, and someone who wanted to assist people and make friends following Jeffrey Dahmer’s incarceration.
She further revealed that at the time of his murder, Tony was visiting relatives in Milwaukee and planned to spend the night with them.
Shirley, like the loved ones of Jeffrey’s previous victims, could not understand the brutal manner in which her son died, and when she sought desperately for him after he went missing, the reality inevitably left her sad.