There’s a strong chance that among the fresh batch of serial killers to be interviewed in Season 3 will be Ted Bundy, the man who raped and murdered at least 30 young women between 1974 and 1978.
Bundy is definitely one of America’s most notorious serial killers, but a lot of that comes from the alleged shock the world went through when they saw how “handsome” he was. Although if you ask me the whole world must have been blind because the man was not attractive at all. The crazy eyes alone made him look deranged.
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This “handsome” nonsense got another round of press when Netflix released The Ted Bundy Tapes and then the biographical crime drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile that featured pretty boy Zac Efron starring in the lead role as Bundy.
Deranged is just one of the better ways to describe Bundy, right after psychopathic and sadistic. A subject of public fascination for many years, Bundy brutally murdered young women after he lured them over by weaponizing their acts of kindness. He’d often pretend to be a cripple struggling near his car, waiting for a woman to offer assistance. He was also known to be very charismatic, something that made him more approachable.
Bundy would often re-visit his crime scenes to engage in necrophilia, and occasionally groom the corpses, until putrefaction or wild animals destroyed the bodies. Similar to another featured Mindhunter subject, Bundy had decapitated at least 12 of his victims and kept some of their severed heads as trophies in his home.
Arrested in 1975 for aggravated kidnapping and an attempted assault, he escaped and committed several more murders down in Florida, including his final victim, 12-year-old Kimberly Diane Leach. Bundy was recaptured in 1978 and executed on January 24, 1989.
Douglas spoke about his personal encounter with Bundy when The Ted Bundy Tapes were released.
"Ted Bundy, he’s a real chameleon, he’s real manipulative, his IQ is above average.” “Really at that time there were so many people, I’m talking about educated people as well, that thought that Bundy couldn’t have done it,” he said. “Because of how he is and how charismatic… that’s not the image [people think of]. The image is more like Hannibal Lector, I believe in the minds of people, not a Ted Bundy.”"