Recently Netflix released a new series “Conversations With a Killer: Ted Bundy Tapes.” The series gave detailed information about the life and death of Ted Bundy. The only problem with this series is they “glamorize” Bundy. Throughout all the tapes people, such as journalist Dan Sewell, describe how “charming” and “smart” Bundy was.
Sewell goes on to comment in the first tape how “Bundy was someone you would want your sister to marry.” My mouth actually dropped when this was said. I understand he was trying to give an example about how charismatic Bundy was, but instead he sounded ignorant to Bundy’s crimes. Sewell theoretically married his sister off to a murderer and rapist inside of his head and said it on TV.
Larry Anderson, one of Bundy’s classmates and friends, talked later in the tapes about how Bundy jumped off his bunk bed in jail multiple times in case he would ever have to jump out of a building. Anderson seemed genuinely impressed at Bundy’s madness and commented on how “genius” he was. He also stuck with the argument there was no signs that Bundy was a murderer; he always seemed like a good guy. I guess he blindly overlooked how Bundy use to set bear traps in the woods when he was a kid and kill animals.
Although, Bundy’s seemingly charming personality and looks were the main factors in getting his victims to trust him, the tapes take it too far and seem to glamorize this impression that Bundy was a charismatic and ingenious person. This has caused a widespread dispute on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, debating the attractiveness of Bundy.
This is honestly one of the most disgusting “trends” I’ve seen emerge on social media. Bundy raped and brutally murdered without remorse, then participated in necrophilia with about 100 different women.
It’s hard to believe how some women on social media are fantasizing about him and how attractive he was. It’s partially the tone of the tapes’ fault because they display Bundy’s persona as a stereotypical psychopath who fooled everyone with his good looks and brains. Due to the time period, they didn’t have advanced technology like we have today, which is why it took so long to catch Bundy.
However, in reality Bundy was sloppy. He left evidence and used his real name to victims which bystanders overheard. Bundy was not as smart as the world is making him out to be. He can and was stopped. He was not invincible as some people seemed to think.
In recent social media platforms there has been numerous comments from women about how they “would sleep with” Bundy. Whether these women are joking or not doesn’t matter because it’s still absolutely sickening and undoubtedly disgraceful to the countless women who lost their lives to this monster.
This has become such a big problem that Netflix had to tweet about this situation, saying, “I’ve seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy’s alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally thousands of hot men on the service, almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers.”
In the end, Bundy received the death sentence and died, so let’s all stop glamorizing him because he obviously wasn’t that smart and certainly isn’t “hot.”
The views expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily of The Torch.