Ted Bundy: (Boring) Serial Killer
Everyone is going bananas over that Ted Bundy documentary. You know the one on Netflix? Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes?
Not me. I’m not going to watch it.
Why? Because I feel all like WE KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS GUY ALREADY. (You could swap Ted’s name out for John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Ramirez and I would say the same thing.)
I’m not trying to say that their stories aren’t interesting (in a fucked up kind of way), but I’m just saying that we need a fresh perspective. I want something MORE than the repetitive shit we hear constantly. (Side note: I also didn’t watch Mindhunter because, well, see above.)
What about the people that surrounded these losers? Family? Friends? Ex-coworkers on the suicide helpline? (Oh, yeah, Ann Rule already wrote a book about that. You should check it out here.) I know that a lot of people in his peripheral were interviewed for this movie, but that’s not really what I’m talking about here.
Ted Bundy was executed 30 years ago after confessing to killing 30 victims. What happened to all of these people in the peripheral afterwards? After everything went quiet and the media went away? How did trauma get passed down through generations?
Because you know it has. It has snaked its way through children, cousins, the next-door neighbors of the sixth cousin twice-removed. It has affected their ability to love someone else. It’s affected their choice of career. The way they put their pants on in the morning. It’s made them jump when a door is slammed. Or lose their breath when they get a phone call at 1 a.m.
I want to hear that story.
A while back I read Lionel Dahmer’s book about his relationship with Jeffrey. It’s called A Father’s Story and it went deeper than other typical books written about serial killers. From Lionel’s unique perspective, you could feel his deep sorrow and his regret. The dreams he once had for his son were not to be and it ruined his life. (Here’s a link to my review of his book.)
Lionel’s book was heartfelt, was not exploitative and gave an inside view that we rarely see.
It’s not that I want to get all nosy with people’s pain (I mean, I KIND OF do), but I just know that there is more to the story than the guy (or rarely, gal) who did all the killing. These other victims probably don’t want to be in the spotlight, but I’m sure they don’t appreciate being forgotten in lieu of Ted Bundy’s “sexy” face.
Remember that woman I interviewed who had been born into a cult? I plan on exploring these stories more because, as I found in her interview, this woman’s life WASN’T about the cult leader. It was about how her life turned out IN SPITE of the cult leader. The story was about her. (Click here to read her interview.)
I’ve got some compelling interviews coming soon, but who or what do YOU want to know more about? I’m very friendly and most people will give up their life story to me. True story.
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P.S. Before anyone gets their panties all bunched up, I’m not done talking or reading about serial killers. Like, that’s not going to happen. Ever. I’m just saying let’s get a little deeper, shall we? Cool.