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Monday, 28 January 2019

REVIEW: Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is a disturbing watch on Netflix

“I don’t have a split personality, I’m just a normal individual”

Words from a man who eluded the American authorities across three states for just under three months after abducting and murdering 30+ women. The Netflix special ‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ promised to deliver never-before-heard interviews with the notorious Killer. The tapes in question were the blood-curdling psychotic ramblings of a self-obsessed, deranged, delusional murderer hoping to immortalise himself as a celebrity crazy.


The series, which is comprised of four-parts, chronologically tells the story of the man that had America fooled throughout the 1970s and documents both sides of Ted Bundy’s life perfectly drawing a shocking contrast between Bundy’s surface personality; an all-American, charming, democratic, law-school student, and his inner personality who was a serial rapist, murderer, necrophile, attacker and manipulator. The documentary explores how his obsessive organisation and charming personality helped him evade police questioning and suspicion and how even his victims described him as charming and handsome.

The series does what most other renditions of this story have failed to do previously, which is focus on the lives and families of the victims and features an interview with Carol DaRonch, one of the only people to have ever escaped Ted Bundy and live to tell her story. One of the many problems addressed in the Documentary is shown to be that the cases surrounding these missing and murdered women may have been solved much faster and resulted in far less deaths if the states in which these assaults were happening began communicating with each other much earlier.

In an interview with Charles Leidner on ted Bundy’s escape from custody for the special, he states: “It was inconceivable to me that you would have somebody accused of first degree murder, who by that time was thought to be involved in a series of murders throughout the west and that your security level would be so low.”.

From bad police communication, manipulation and mind games to court footage, press interviews and victim statements, ‘Conversations with a killer: The Ted Bundy tapes’ examines the infamous case without censorship, without cheesy re-enactments and does the true story justice. After watching it is safe to say that regardless of Bundy’s death sentence, the documentary makes you feel as if the threat is still very much alive and just because of how someone projects themselves to the public, does not show how they truly are.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is now available on Netflix

Contributed by Jazz Cooke

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