On Jan 24, the Netflix original series “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” was released. The documentary is split up into four episodes that include chilling audio clips of the American serial killer Ted Bundy and people who knew him describing his horrifying crimes.
Bundy confessed to killing thirty people by the end of his life, but it is estimated that there were many more. He was executed in 1989 but his legacy still fascinates the public today. “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” is just one among many documentaries about him that have come out in recent years.
In addition to shocking descriptions of Bundy’s crimes, this series also shows clips of interviews with people who knew him. This creates somewhat of a personal tone compared to many other documentaries on the killer, as it shows the perspective of victim’s families and people affected by his crimes rather than just focusing on Bundy himself. Some of the interviews are gruesome while others are simply heartbreaking, all of which provide personal details on those who were impacted by him.
Part of what made Bundy so fascinating to the public in the first place was his charisma and appearance. Nobody could believe that such a well-kept and educated man would be capable of such monstrosities. Since the documentary was released, there has been a bit of an uproar on various social media platforms regarding how much focus it puts on Bundy’s “attractiveness”.
This criticism seems a little unfair to the producers, given that Bundy has been known as the “handsome killer” since he first was on trial. The entire point of the documentary is to tell his story, and a significant part of why he was able to get away with so many terrible things was his appearance and his facade of a pleasant personality. Despite how disconcerting this is, it seems reasonable to include it in the series as it had a big impact on how both the court and the public viewed him. The documentary does not at all seem to try to excuse his actions or make him seem less like a monster by calling him “handsome”, it seems more of an objective description of everybody’s reaction to him.
Overall, “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” is horrifying yet very interesting. It provides many different perspectives on Bundy and highlights what a vast impact his murders had on others. This series is sure to captivate those who are interested by true crime while terrifying them at the same time. It will be interesting to see how the upcoming movie “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” where Zac Efron stars as Ted Bundy will compare to this documentary.