By Tessa Osteen
The Netflix documentary series originally premiering on January 24th, 2019, tells the chilling story of America’s most elusive murderers. The four episode show includes interviews from 1970’s archival footage, past friends, radio hosts and detectives all accounting the serial killer and the victims who were affected by his actions. Bundy, who killed and raped up to forty women from 1974 through 1979, that covered across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, and in Florida, where he was finally caught by the law enforcement. Along with past footage and photos, the documentary includes interviews by a Dallas, Tx. reporter, Hugh Aynesworth, in a small, windowless room at the Florida State Prison.
The Library Journal writing about Ainsworth’s work on Conversation With A Killer, explains how, “Without ever admitting that he performed any of these acts, he maintained his innocence until hours before his execution… his frankness offers perhaps the most unfettered look into the mind of a serial killer.” Like Bundy, a common thread among serial killers is the desire for attention without being caught or serving time for their horrible actions. He loved talking about himself and his idyllic childhood, hinting at how there was nothing in the past that would point at him becoming a murderer. Although he painted himself as someone who everyone adored and an intellectual in academics, past friends and investigators told a much different story. As an introverted socially awkward child, Bundy didn’t fit into the mold of what a normal child is.
Even though he was seen as different, there wasn’t anything particularly abnormal or alarming about him that would cause his parents to suspect he would become a murderer. After his formative years, he moved on to the University of Washington where he studied psychology, and learned how to become manipulative towards his victims. After the university, he was an organizer on the Seattle Republican party for Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign. He then worked for a crime commision in Seattle where he was assumedly inspired to murder. This job gave him access to inside knowledge, on how there was a, “…lack of consistency from one police jurisdiction to another.” explained by a former police officer in Seattle.
Bundy’s first victim, Karen Sparks, was a student at The University Of Washington who he murdered in 1974 and took to a nearby mountain where her remains were found and among several others’ of his young victims. After murders from all around the West coast and ending his terror in Florida, Bundy was finally caught for good in Florida leading to his end. On January 24th, 1989 Ted Bundy was executed by electric chair in the Florida state prison. The Ted Bundy Tapes is a prelude to the upcoming movie, Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile, that premiered this past January at various film festivals. Starring Zac Efron as Ted Bundy, this movie showcased Bundy’s evil side, while slightly romanticizing murder by putting a well-known actor at its forefront. As being one of the most prolific and interesting serial killers ever caught, it’s no wonder why many people have been captivated learning about his story.