“We Don’t Want to Relive It” is the title of a Netflix show about Jeffrey Dahmer that brings back painful memories.
The story of the notorious Milwaukee serial killer will be told through the eyes of his victims in a Netflix show. Those who remember say that the plan didn’t work.
Eric Wynn was the only Black drag queen at Milwaukee’s Club 219 for many years. He went on stage as Erica Stevens and sang Whitney Houston, Grace Jones, and Tina Turner songs for fans who loved him. In 1986 and 1987, he was named Miss Gay Wisconsin.
Wynn, who is now 58, worked at the club in the late 1980s and early 1990s. “I had this group of Black kids who came in because they were represented,” he said. “I saw them and let them know I saw them, because they finally had a place onstage.”
Eddie Smith, who was often called “the Sheikh” because he wore a head scarf, and Anthony Hughes, who was hard of hearing, were two of them. Hughes was “my favorite fan,” and when Wynn winked at him from the stage, he blushed. Hughes taught him the basics of sign language in return.
“He would just sit there and laugh at me while I tried to learn sign language with my big, old fake nails on,” Wynn laughed as she remembered.
Wynn said that after that, the group of young Black men started to get smaller.
He said, “They were there, and then all of a sudden there were fewer of them.”