Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Release Date:January 25, 2019
Review Date:January 25, 2019
Reviewer:Blake Leath
Genre(s):Documentary/Docudrama, Horror, Suspense, Thriller

Very well done, though somewhat procedural.

I don't know that we learn anything new here, but it's thorough and chronologically and substantively in-depth.

If the macabre is your bag, Bundy's your man.

What a terrifying, creepy, vile, murderous wolf in sheep's clothing.

You'll recall that even the judge who sentenced him to death was charmed: "It is ordered that you be put to death by a current of electricity, that current be passed through your body until you are dead. Take care of yourself, young man. I say that to you sincerely; take care of yourself, please. It is an utter tragedy for this court to see such a total waste of humanity as I've experienced in this courtroom. You're a bright young man. You'd have made a good lawyer, and I would have loved to have you practice in front of me, but you went another way, partner. Take care of yourself. I don't feel any animosity toward you. I want you to know that. Once again, take care of yourself."

Ugh.

Bundy confessed to killing at least 36 women across six states (Washington, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, and Florida) between 1974 and 1978 alone, though authorities believe he may have killed as many as 100. You'll recall he killed both Janice Ann Ott, 23, and Denise Marie Naslun, 19, on July 14, 1974 at Lake Sammamish. Four months later, on November 8, after Carol DaRonch, 18, escaped from his Volkswagen bug, he abducted and murdered Debra Jean Kent, 17, just four hours later. In October alone, he is known to have killed at least three young women: Nancy Wilcox, 16, Melissa Anne Smith, 17, and Laura Ann Aime, 17. 

On and on it goes. A horribly violent path of destruction leaving obliterated lives in its wake. The numbers are staggering and overwhelming.

There's no telling how many lives he destroyed, and as a parent I cannot wrap my mind around it. To imagine a judge fawning over him, or cops asking for his autograph (knowing he was a walking, talking rattler) is absolutely confounding.

If we are to learn anything, it's that monsters are among us, and everyone must remain vigilant.