Conversations with a Killer: Review

The Ted Bundy tapes have caused controversy throughout the world.

The Ted Bundy tapes have caused controversy throughout the world.

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  The documentary Conversations with A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes were released on Netflix on January 24 is also the 30-year anniversary of Ted Bundy’s death. The documentary follows how Stephen Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth, two journalists, who got over 100 hours of interviews from Bundy while he was on death row.

  The documentary was controversial at first because it was thought to romanticize Bundy, but when more people watched it became clear that it was more about the facts of the case and a focus on how the journalists got Bundy to basically confess and why it took so long to catch him. It also focuses heavily on the media coverage of the trial, and how Bundy’s looks defied the stereotype of a serial killer.

 

  There are only four episodes each about an hour long in the series they all follow different parts of the story of Bundy. They include interviews from pertinent people involved in the story from lawyers, police officers, and almost victims. The interviews help to show the true feelings and emotions that went through peoples heads during this time.

 

  The documentary also does a good job of capturing the problems with the police and judicial system during the 70’s and how Bundy was able to take advantage of it. He was able to elude  arrest and talk his way out of court and the documentary explains how and why he was enabled to do that.

 

Bundy was involved in the murders of multiple women, he confessed to around 30, but the number of actual vitiates is thought to be higher. He was charged with murders of young women in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, and Utah.

 

  The documentary has done okay with critics with a 55 percent on Metacritic, 52 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.2 on IMDB. Some people were angry about Netflix playing on how cute Bundy was. Netflix responded to the accusations by saying on Twitter,

   “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”.

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