A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
by Zahir Quader
Features & Lists Editor
(Artwork by Maddie Rizzo – Instagram @rizzo.art)
Truly charming, truly vicious, and truly evil, Ted Bundy was one of the most notorious serial killer of our time. A man of many faces, Bundy’s killing spree over the course of four years took the lives of over thirty women and spanned across seven states.
People often wondered what was going on in his head, how could any person do something so brutal? Well these questions can be answered with a recently released Netflix documentary, The Ted Bundy Files.
Delve into actual audio of Ted Bundy as he explains his mindset and what drove him to do what he did. Listen as this killer recounts his life story and hear the dark confidence in his voice as narrates his life story. Hear the tales from the investigators, officers, reporters and lawyers, all of whom were affected by his killing spree one way or another. His voice, calm and calculated, is eerily disturbing as it rings through the tape recorder.
On the surface he seems like any other person, yet when he begins to talk about the victims and other crimes, his tone changes. As he talks in the third person, it becomes colder, dark, and sinister. When he talks about what went down, he talks about a person whose mind is driven by an urge.
The tapes take you back to the beginning of the crimes, from the first disappearance to the final conviction. The narrative takes you on a journey as you not only hear Bundy’s views of the situation, but follow the investigators as they are baffled by the actions of one of America’s most notorious serial killers. Showing not only the cunning of a true psychopath but the extreme incompetence of law enforcement to find him.
Failing to coordinate with each other and the lack of forensics data, and other mistakes allowed Bundy to continue his massacre nearly unimpeded. The pride of these officers outweighed the situations as they withheld evidence from each other, preventing anyone from connecting the dots.
The complete incompetence of the police departments in investigations is not the only issue, however. Once they finally caught Bundy, they allowed him to escape not once but twice. The first time they left Bundy alone and he jumped out the window and escaped for almost a week. Once the police force had apprehended him they placed Ted Bundy back in his cell, where he escaped again, this time all the way to Florida. Only in the 1970s could a serial killer escape from imprisonment twice and make his way across the entire country. If any of the security standards were even remotely similar to what they are today he would have been caught day one.
The big thing to reiterate though is how Bundy was unlike any other serial killer of that time. He did not seem deranged or disturbed in anyway. Ted Bundy on the surface was a normal, functional, human being. In The Ted Bundy Files you can hear it in the way he talks. There is no strange awkwardness or creepy vibe, at least on the surface. He was confident, intelligent, and charismatic. No one could see the darkness lurking beneath the surface. He was unlike any other killer anybody had seen before. Many even doubted he did the crimes. Throughout the trial and up until his execution he maintained his innocence with a fervor. To even get the interviews for the documentary he demanded his case file be reopened.
Ted Bundy’s killing spree was something unseen in America during this time. The Ted Bundy Files are a true insight into the mind and history of one of America’s most notorious serial killers and the mark he left on the world.