Netflix recently released The Ted Bundy Tapes, and the world became a different place. If there’s one person that epitomizes the audacity of serial killers in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, it is him.
After spending more than ten years denying what he had done, he admitted to 30 different murders he committed in seven states before his 1989 execution.
Here’s the scary part: he probably had more victims than that figure.
Why are so many people fascinated with Bundy, serial killers, and true crime? It has to do with how unfathomable the actions are. We can’t believe someone could do those things to another human, which causes us to be compelled to learn more about the topic.
Fascination Is Not the Same as Desire
If you sit down with the family to watch an episode of 20/20, it doesn’t mean that everyone on the couch with you will turn into a serial killer.
The Netflix series decided to cast Zac Efron in the role of Ted Bundy. What is most remarkable about this action is that the producers got negative feedback about their decision. If you look at Bundy’s mugshot compared to Efron’s from the stage, the similarities are quite striking.
That negative feedback is also why there is so much interest in serial killers. Ted Bundy was considered handsome and charming. No one wanted to believe that he could be responsible for such horrific acts, so they chose to look in the other direction.
People like Ted Bundy take advantage of that emotional reaction to satisfy their evil, primal needs.
Some people watch true crime because there is a fear element to the experience. Others feel righteous rage because they’re getting exposed to real evil. For a small few, there might be a twinge of jealousy – which is why it’s even scarier.