Netlix’s new documentary “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” is taking the streaming world by storm in the way only a show about one of America’s most infamous serial killers can. For some reason, though, more than a few people seem to be missing the the whole “horrifying serial murderer” piece of the story.
Either that, or they’re willing to look past it because Bundy had a relatively pretty face?
The Netflix docuseries is directed by Joe Berlinger, who is also behind the upcoming feature film on Bundy’s life, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Zac Efron has been cast as Bundy in the film, leaving some to wonder whether Bundy’s being sexualized was purposeful.
Because, let’s face it, Zac Efron is beautiful, and his face is impossible to ignore, even when he’s playing someone evil.
All that said, Bundy was attractive – it’s part of what made him dangerous. Women don’t think that handsome, charming men could sneak up behind them and murder them. Fathers don’t think handsome, charming men will sneak into their daughter’s home and kill her.
But while there’s no harm in acknowledging that Bundy’s disarming looks played a role in his ability to carry out his horrible crimes, that’s different from lusting after him.
And guess what? I’m far from alone here – Netflix’s own Twitter account called out all of the weirdos making sick comments about Bundy.
In case you’re not familiar with all of Bundy’s story, and therefore are unable to grasp how truly questionable these tweets are, here’s a recap: He was a rapist and necrophile who murdered at least 30 women before being caught, though it’s believed that he’s probably responsible for more deaths. He was executed in 1989 for his crimes.
As true crime journalist Billy Jensen tweeted on Sunday, it’s vital to remember the victims even as we fall into the hole of fascination with their killer.
“These women all had hopes and dreams. They should all have movies made about them. I always try to remember what these monsters took away.”
Which is to say, no one is saying it’s not interesting to get inside the mind of a killer. Just please, for the love of everything holy, don’t tweet about wanting to get into their pants, too.