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What’s the Deal with Bundy?

What’s the Deal with Bundy?

Earlier today I was catching up on my Twitter feed and I noticed a slight backlash regarding Ted Bundy. I thought to myself, “what’s the big deal?” Understandably, he robbed many young women of their life and their chance to be something. No one is arguing that point. But the reality is this – at the time, Bundy was a big deal. Not just because of his unspeakable crimes, but also because he was, no pun intended, a lady killer. He was charismatic, charming, handsome, and he had something that captured everyone’s attention.

Bundy fascinated the world. He managed to escape police custody – twice – and still be functional while he was committing crimes. He had a life – he had a girlfriend, a job, he was by all accounts a “normal guy”. In one interview a former colleague at a suicide prevention hotline described him as incredibly sweet and was truly taken aback when the real Bundy was outed. But the thing is, most people thought this. For crying out loud the man got married in the slammer and fathered a child with a woman that still maintains his innocence.

Most of the outrage has been centered around the Netflix documentary, “Conversations with a Killer, The Ted Bundy Tapes”, and the upcoming movie, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” starring Zac Efron. It seems these two works have sparked a new interest in Bundy with the female population and people are NOT here for it. But going on facts alone we have to face it – Bundy was handsome. And that’s what doesn’t sit well with many folks. We paint a picture of a monster as just that – a monster. Not the good looking guy next door with the dreamy eyes.

This is not meant to take away from the fact that Bundy was an evil person. He was that and much more. He was smart and cunning and knew exactly (in some ways) how to get what he wanted. That type of person frightens people because he was hiding in plain sight. He committed horrific crimes that are not excusable by any means regardless of how devilishly handsome you may be. But I can’t help but wonder if the outrage is a bit misplaced. I watched the documentary and have all intentions of seeing the film. I’m always interested in perspectives and angles on notorious people like Bundy. I believe the intention is bring awareness to how easily it can be for a killer to also be your neighbor. Not just a “weird” person that sticks out like a sore thumb.

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Mells Bells

Once upon a time there was a girl born on a dark and dreary winter day. She grew up knowing she was different from the others, but never being able to put her bony finger on what it was. Until one day she read a Stephen King novel, which unlocked the madness that would become her life. She quickly devoured book after book, moving on to classic horror films and deciding that she would live her life different from the others. She researched serial killers and tried to figure out the psyche behind what drove humans mad. She rapidly absorbed cold cases of missing people and became, if only in her mind, a savant of the true crime world. Now she lives her life converting unsuspecting humans to the dark side. The dark side of Mells. She now lives amongst the others as one of them. Waiting for her next conquest. She sounds crazy ... but make no mistake. Her Southern accent will put you in a trance and soon you too will become a true Mells Bells. Seriously, I have two dogs, a kid, and an old man. A devout horror fanatic and obsessed with true crime, I read a lot. A lot.

1 Comment

  1. Jen Sandwich

    Hoo boy! I have opinions!! I was entering adulthood when his execution happened and read ALL about him at the time (I’ve always been pretty death-obsessed). Then watching the tapes on Netflix, now reading the reviews of the film…I’m seriously thinking the glamorization of good looking monsters isn’t just for series like “You,” but for nonfiction as well!


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