Ted Bundy may have died almost 30 years ago but the late serial killer is having another moment in the spotlight as the notorious murderer features in a new biopic starring Zac Efron called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
Netflix is also producing their own true crime docuseries called Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.
The series features audio from ‘exclusive, never-before-heard interviews from the ‘Jack the Ripper of the United States’ himself,’ according to Netflix.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes will feature never-before-heard audio from interviews with the serial killer
Netflix is set to release a four-part docuseries based on Ted Bundy in January
The docuseries will explore how Bundy’s ‘personality, good looks and social graces defied the serial-killer stereotype’ and allowed him to slip by unnoticed while he committed the sex-crime slayings of more than 30 women before he was caught in 1978.
Just hours before he was strapped into the electric chair and put to death on 24 January 1989, he gave his final interview and spoke to campaigner Dr James Dobson about his early life and what drove him to commit his atrocities.
In a chilling 45-minute interview Bundy talked about how his obsession with pornography drove him to become a sinister, calculating killer.
He said: ‘As a young boy – and I mean a boy of 12 or 13 certainly – I encountered outside the home softcore pornography. From time to time we’d come across pornographic books of a harder nature, more graphic you might say. And this also included such things as detective magazines.
The new series will be constructed around ‘confession’ tapes, and use interviews never before heard by the public, to shed new light on the killer
‘The most damaging kinds of pornography are those that involve sexual violence, because the wedding of those two forces, as I know only too well, brings about behavior that is just too terrible to describe.’
As his obsession grew, he explained to Dr Dobson, the kind of porn he was looking at became more aggressive and explicit.
He said: ‘My experience with pornography that deals on a violent level with sexuality is that once you become addicted to it – and I look at this as a kind of addiction – like other kinds of addiction…I would keep looking for more potent, more explicit, more graphic kinds of materials.
‘Like an addiction, you keep craving something which is harder, harder. Something which gives you a greater sense of excitement. Until you reach the point where the pornography only goes so far.’
‘You reach that jumping-off point where you begin to wonder if maybe actually doing it will give you that which is beyond just reading about it or looking at it,’ Bundy added.
He claimed he was stuck at this ‘jumping off point’ for about two years before he began assaulting and murdering young women and girls according to Ladbible.
The four-part series will also look at Bundy’s two escapes from prison, as well as the media frenzy surrounding his trial, and the women that became infatuated with him
Serial killer Ted Bundy raped and murdered dozens of young women during a reign of terror in the US in the 1970s
He said: ‘I was essentially a normal person. I had good friends. I lived a normal life, except for this one small, but very potent, very destructive segment of it that I kept very secret, very close to myself, and didn’t let anybody know about.
‘And part of the shock and horror for my dear friends and family, years ago when I was first arrested, was that there was no clue. They looked at me, and they looked at the all-American boy.
‘I think people need to recognise that those of us who have been so much influenced by violence in the media – in particular pornographic violence – are not some kinds of inherent monsters.
‘We are your sons, and we are your husbands. And we grew up in regular families. And pornography can reach out and snatch a kid out of any house today.’
While on trial, Bundy received extraordinary adoration from American women, which made his gruesome crimes doubly haunting, even in an era of anything-goes mayhem.
His graphic slayings garnered national attention, and in 1979, his trial for the gruesome murders and assaults at Florida State University’s Chi Omega sorority house became the first to be nationally televised.
Bundy was a law student who was convicted of killing and raping several women across seven states from at least 1974-1978.
He was put on trial in 1977 and convicted of murder in Colorado.
He escaped from prison and was on the run until he was arrested later in Florida. Bundy eventually confessed to killing 30 women, although the real total of murders is unknown.
r: Ted Bundy at the Leon County sheriff’s office in Florida, shortly after after his arrest on a charge of theft, on February 19, 1978, left. Ted Bundy animated in a courtroom after the judge had departed. Bundy confessed to killing 28 women before he was, right, executed in 1989
Bundy hopes that his confessions would delay his execution, but he was put to death in Florida’s electric chair in 1989.
Prosecutors and investigators believe Bundy may have been responsible for as many as 100 murders.
Even as recently as 2011, police were using his blood sample to try to solve cold cases.
Conversations with a Killer will also offer up new insight into Bundy’s horrific killings and the media frenzy surrounding his case.
While standing trial, Bundy saw numerous women profess their love for him and he even married Carole Ann Boone, who testified on his behalf.
The life of Bundy — who was known for his charm and good looks — still remains a fascination in pop culture, with long-lost photos of the killer making headlines in April 2017.
Conversations with a Killer will also look at how Bundy received attention from women admirers. The Netflix original is set to air on January 25.
True crime is a big draw for viewers. The streaming service series Making a Murderer: Part 2 was its second most binge-watched show in 2018.