Ted Bundy 30 years on

Caitlin Laird

Netflix has once again released another popular crime documentary. ‘Confessions With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ was released on the 24th of January 2019 on the 30th anniversary of Bundy’s execution.

The documentary has been getting mixed reviews. Some people are too scared to watch it, others think it is a good documentary that is brutally honest and compelling while others are left overwhelmed by just the amount of murders he actually committed.

For people that weren’t alive during the Bundy killing spree back in the ’70s, the show does a good job of portraying Bundy. Journalist Stephen Michaud and news reporter Hugh Aynesworth interview Bundy leading to the tapes where the audience can hear his thoughts and opinions of the murders and his life. It also shows video footage of Bundy in court and in prison.

The audience can get a grasp of what type of person Ted Bundy actually was and how he came to ultimately murder over 30 women. To look at Bundy, he was a normal, well put together individual who had a degree in psychology and was in the middle of a law degree. However, there was something deeply sinister lying beneath his clean-cut exterior.

The tapes alone don’t paint the full picture for the audience. Although they allowed them to hear Bundy’s thoughts, it is from the pictures and video footage that they see how he was as a person. The way he acted in court was one prime example of who he actually was.

He would call out his own lawyers saying they weren’t good enough, which led to him representing himself and questioning witnesses on the stand. Video footage would show him sitting on his chair or lounging on the side of the table with a smile on his face with dark eyes.

Many people are told not to watch the documentary alone as it gives the details of his murders and it shows pictures in gruesome detail. The vibes which Ted Bundy gave off were extremely creepy and eerie. Everyone knows he is dead but it still would scare and haunt you to believe this man could commit such awful crimes. He was a rapist, a murderer and a necrophile.

When he was first sentenced to death the judge said “It’s a tragedy for this court to see such a total waste of humanity that I have experienced in this court. You’d have made a good lawyer. But you went another way partner.”

At one point in the documentary they spoke of his emotions and how he couldn’t feel empathy. He had no remorse until the last few days leading up to his execution, where he confessed to the murders and apologised.

By this stage whatever Bundy said fell on deaf ears as people outside chanted “Burn Bundy Burn,” on the eve of his execution. A sense of relief came over people when he was pronounced dead.

There have been many men and women that have committed awful crimes, but Ted Bundy stands out from the rest as he was an in-famous killer who shocked and disturbed the world at a time when people trusted everyone and kept their doors unlocked at night.

30 years after his execution people are still talking about him and a movie called ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ is set to come out this year starring Zac Efron as Bundy.

Should he still be getting this much attention after what he has done? Not at all, but that won’t stop people from binge-watching this documentary and going to see the movie that feeds into the fascination of Ted Bundy.

Caitlin Laird

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