As January 24, 2019, marked the 30th anniversary of the execution of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy by electric chair, two presentations about him have been released lately.
The Netflix four-part, true crime documentary, “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” has been made available for viewing on January 24.
In addition, the dark biopic, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on January 27.
Both film projects are directed by Peabody and Emmy-winning and Academy Award and seven-time Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker, Joe Berlinger.
These two movies about the despicable sadist relay two important issues that are relevant to today’s society.
One of these issues is the undeveloped state of mental health awareness in the 1970s.
Bundy was put on trial for committing the most gruesome and prolific killing sprees in American history.
Between 1970 and 1978, the Vermont-born murderer confessed to decimating more than 30 individuals within various states.
His crimes involved raping and murdering his innocent victims. However, prior to his capture, Bundy was able to walk as a free man and to lead a perfectly normal life.
Responsible for this was his presentation of himself being a mild-mannered member of the community. People who knew Bundy described him as exuding a gentlemanly persona.
They reckoned him as the type of man who could do no wrong to anyone because of his church-going, mesmerizing, and tranquil personality.
People who dealt with Bundy observed the proverbial principle “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” which certainly yielded serious problems.
Apparently, they were unaware and did not acknowledge the fact that people with psychological or psychiatric issues could be any person, regardless of their external appearances.
Another problem which people during Bundy’s time struggled with was how women were greatly deceived by men’s charming looks.
In “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” which features “High School Musical” star, Zac Efron portraying the horrific killer, his girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer hesitated to doubt about the true motivations of her actually heinous lover.
The warning of “stranger danger” did not occur to Kloepfer when she met Bundy at a Seattle bar in the late 1960s.
As possessing doubts is a sign of intelligence and maturity, she was obviously making the wrong life decision, instantly connecting with the criminal and they even lived together on the same roof.
Portrayed by “Les Misérables” actress, Lily Collins, Kloepfer remained to be in a relationship with Bundy despite her suspicions about his activities as a spate of young ladies went missing in Washington.
In addition, during the highly publicized trial of Bundy, he literally became a celebrity, garnering a deluge of female admirers.
The two presentations about Bundy serve as a warning to today’s young women that a man’s stunning looks could certainly be deceiving.
Moreover, they call for bolstering mental health awareness. Learning about the Bundy case will enable the country’s authorities to heighten public safety against deranged, violent individuals.