This new Netflix documentary about Ted Bundy looks absolutely terrifying
Three decades ago, on January 24th, 1989, Ted Bundy was electrocuted at Florida State Prison at the age of 42. His death was ordered three times in two separate trials, and his loss was mourned by very few - least of all the families of the 30+ women and girls he murdered throughout the 1970s.
Since then, he has gone down in history as one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, and has subsequently been the subject of multiple films and television shows.
Now, in 2019 - 30 years to the day of his execution - Netflix are releasing a new documentary on the infamous man, and it looks positively terrifying.
Titled, Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, the documentary interviews people who knew or had contact with Bundy, and attempts to delve into the psyche of a man who took the lives of so many innocent young women. At points, Bundy's own testimony and interviews are used, meaning that viewers can "Get inside the twisted mind of America's most notorious serial killer in his own words."
The series will only be four episodes long, but will give in-depth accounts of Bundy's crimes and subsequent trials. From the trailer, it is also clear that Conversations With a Killer will explore the ways in which Bundy came to be something of a pop culture sensation at the time he was on trial for murder, and the extent to which he was idolised by many women who believed he couldn't possibly have committed such heinous acts.
In fact, it is fairly well-known that Bundy got married to Carole Ann Boone while he was on trial, and she testified on his behalf when he was accused of multiple murders.
The series was directed by Emmy-winning documentarian Joe Berlinger, who also recently directed Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. This feature-length film is also about Bundy, but focuses more on the killer's relationship with his girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, a divorcée from Utah.
Kloepfer and Bundy met in 1969, and dated before the serial killer struck for the first time. Kloepfer always maintained that she thought Bundy was normal at first (and, indeed, the new docuseries shows that many women fawned over him and seriously believed he was innocent), but she eventually discovered his secret. Nevertheless, she stayed with him during his killing spree, and remained loyal to him during the first part of his imprisonment.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile stars Zac Efron as the killer.
It is not confirmed yet, but the title of the new Netflix series suggests that the subscription service might be planning on investigating other serial killers or criminals using the same format - if this Ted Bundy feature is a success, of course.
Check out the series when it airs on the 24th... but maybe consider sleeping with the hallway light on afterwards.