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“Orange Is the New Black”: The Tooth Extraction

“Orange Is the New Black”: The Tooth Extraction

Jeffrey Dahmer is way more popular on Netflix than on eBay, which bans killer costume jewelry.

If you haven’t seen the most recent season of “Orange Is the New Black,” there’s a compelling reason to do so: It’s full of shocking revelations about the life of Jeffrey Dahmer, the notorious sex offender and murderer who was one of the most powerful men in the United States in the early 1980s. The show is well-observed in that it focuses on the inmates at Minnesota’s Pelican Bay State Prison, many of whom were Dahmer’s victims.

One of the most devastating revelations of Season 2 is that Dahmer would sometimes torture his victims by pulling out their teeth.

“The teeth are so hard to pull out,” says actor and showrunner J. Michael Kennedy, who has worked on numerous film, TV, and stage projects with producer Rob Schmitz, who is the show’s senior director of development. So they would drill holes in his face and use dental floss to extract them in order to torture him.

“We were actually trying to figure out how he would get it done, because he had a prison dentist that would only give him a couple of days’ worth of floss.”

But, Kennedy adds, “I really enjoyed the fact that the tooth extraction was such a powerful moment.”

The idea of the teeth being the most shocking part of the Dahmer story wasn’t surprising to the show’s cast and crew, who didn’t see it coming when the first season came out in 2013.

“I had seen this show before,” says actor and showrunner Rob Schmitz. “I love it, I’m obsessed with it. It’s like that Twilight Zone episode [‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet’] where they find out the monster is out there, you really never expect to see it. I know that they always put the teeth in the show, but I don’t even think they ever

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