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Don’t judge a book by its cover, or a person by their good looks.

There has recently been a documentary released on Netflix in a four-part series revolving the crimes committed by Ted Bundy, called ‘The Ted Bundy Murder Tapes’.

This documentary features recordings and video-tapes of a number of the live events which occurred in the time period of the 1970’s and 1980’s during which Bundy was at large. He has been named to be an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist and necrophiliac who avoided the law and professed innocence for most of his life.

After he had been on death row for a number of years and his date of execution was near, he decided to confess to murdering at least 30 young women between the ages of 18-21, with an exception of two girls being as young as 12 years old. Many of these women he had sexually assaulted both before and after he killed them. A number of them had also been university students.

The documentary accounts the numerous murders which happened in stages over different states of America, in between of course the two times he managed to escape from prison on June 7th and December 23rd of 1977. The states he named were “California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, and Florida between 1973 and 1978”. He also admitted to decapitating 6 of these women, and he requested that his ashes should be scattered in the mountains of where some of his victim’s remains had previously been found, as he said this was the place where he had made very joyous memories.

It is shown that during the trials, Bundy decided to represent himself as his own sole defendant, going as far as on one particular hearing, allowing himself to propose to a woman called Carole Ann Boone, with whom he managed to impregnate in the prison and become a father to a baby girl in October 1981. On February 10, 1980, Bundy was sentenced for a third time to death by electrocution.

The Netflix documentary and portrayal of the events are extremely in depth and informative, whilst being empathetic to the viewers by not overly exploiting the heinous and gruesome nature of Bundy’s actions, but still managing to present images of evidence and thorough descriptions of his crimes.

A film is coming out later this year starring Zac Efron and Lily Collins called ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile’. The film is due to explore the seductive and attractive man that Ted Bundy’s portrayed as his everyday persona and his long-term relationship with Liz Kendall which lasted during the same time his alter-ego came out in the shadows. There was an initial consensus that casting Zac Efron as the role of an infamous serial killer was a mistake as it was seen to romanticize Ted Bundy’s character and image, however a conclusion has been made that Ted Bundy when he was alive, went unsuspected for years due to his attractive nature and mysteriously alluring personality.

The lesson to learn from this is to not be enchanted by an individual based on their looks and a seemingly arrogant nature which can come across as enticing. Always be careful, as you never know what goes on behind your neighbour’s door.

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