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Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes Review 2019 TV-Show Series
Creator: Joe Berlinger
Stars: Hugh Aynesworth, Bob Keppel, Stephen Michaud
Review: I got interested in Bundy in the mid 1980’s because of my confusion as to why he had a young female fan club and so I ended up reading several books and watching every documentary and interview with him, as a young female myself I never saw the attraction of Ted. I know quite a lot about him and this new Netflix series does not reveal anything new about the wimpy coward who’s hobby was murdering young women. This Netflix series is just about sensationalism because of it’s release date.
We’re told there is over 100 hours of taped conversation, well only 20 to 30 minutes of Ted speaking in the third person is about all we get, but Ted is a liar so it’s just him trying to sound intelligent just to get the attention he loved. The rest of the time is just rehashed info with some inconsistency’s in the infamous story.
One of the most interesting parts is Ted’s two escapes, the bungling idiots who behaved like the keystone cops who didn’t see him as a threat but a nice clean cut handsome guy who was just defending himself, while giving him free reign are also responsible for the deaths of so many because of their blatant incompetency.
Bundy, Executed on 24th January 1989 was a blessing to society and that’s where Ted should have died on media too. As usual glorifying Ted is more important than the memory of his victims and their families feelings.
When visiting a new city or state, I like to read a biography about a famous resident. During a trip to Seattle, I picked two books about serial killer Ted Bundy: The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule and The Phantom Prince by Elizabeth Kendall (referred to by her actual last name of “Kloepfer” in the documentary.) Both authors had close relationships with Bundy, and their books painted an intimate and searing portrait of the man and monster. Because Bundy formed a friendship with Ann Rule long before she became a published author, he may be the serial killer whose personal life we know the most about.
Bundy was a student at the University of Seattle and killed many young women who lived on campus. Bundy’s victims were all physically similar: young, brunette women with long hair parted in the middle. The serial killer’s murder spree would continue in Utah, Colorado, and Florida before he was eventually captured and executed. Bundy’s crimes happened a generation ago, and he has gone from a boogeyman haunting newspaper headlines to a legitimate part of American history. He was one of the first serial killers to give authorities proper insight into the mind of a violent sociopath.
I’ve read several other books about Bundy, watched various documentaries, listened to podcasts, and even visited Ted’s favorite watering hole. I didn’t think there was much about the serial killer I had yet to learn, but Conversations with the Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes offers new information to even the most diehard Bundy devotee.
Joe Berlinger, the director behind the Paradise Lost Films, has access to a vast collection of archival footage (some I’ve never seen before and all shown in pristine broadcast quality.) Berlinger’s amazing dedication to this documentary just might render the upcoming feature film about Bundy rather superfluous.
The tapes that form the backbone of Conversations with a Killer have been available to the public for years, but only as low-quality YouTube files; you can also find the entire video of Bundy’s Florida court case online.I highly recommended this documentary to any Bundy devotee, true crime buff, or researcher of deviant psychology.
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