Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

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Okay, before I continue this piece, I’m going to say something that I honestly didn’t think I’d have to.

Ted Bundy is a murderer and a rapist.

He killed and violated over 30 women. He destroyed people’s families. Lives have been irrevocably scarred due to his actions. He was not cute. He was not fascinating. He was not a genius. He was a sick, sociopathic son of a bitch, and the only reason he was able to commit these acts for as long as he did was because the world has a vested interest in letting mediocre white men get away with literal murder. Stop glamourizing this man. Stop mythologizing his actions. He was nothing short of evil.

Now that we’ve got that covered…

Conversations with a Killer is a documentary about the life of Ted Bundy, encompassing the periods between his early childhood and eventual incarceration and execution, during which, again, I feel like I have to mention, he killed and raped thirty women. Sometimes in that order. The documentary uses the framing device of recorded conversations that took place between Ted and a myriad of people while he was incarcerated. It’s interesting, if a little slow moving, and for the most part it doesn’t fixate on his crimes, instead choosing to focus on his incarceration, sentencing and numerous escapes. It also doesn’t fall into the trap of ascribing more intelligence to Ted than he deserves, making it very clear that his many escapes were due to police incompetence, not any high-minded Machiavellian scheming on his part. It also tries to understand the inner workings of his mind, and what led to him becoming one of the most notorious serial killers of the 20th century (although I suspect understanding his mental state would have been the last thing on anybody’s mind had his ethnicity been different).

Listen, this is a documentary. It’s very well made, and if you like true crime you’ll probably enjoy it. It really doesn’t require any long talking, so I’m not going to do that here. All I’m going to say is, once again, please, for god’s sake, please stop deifying scumbag murderers.

And Ted Bundy can burn in hell.

By John Alone

Subomi Odanye