Ted Bundy was a convicted American serial killer who targeted and attacked numerous young women in the Seventies and possibly earlier. After more than a decade of denials, in January 1989, he confessed to 30 murders committed between 1974 and 1978, but many believe the actual number is closer to 100. Bundy was executed by electric chair at Florida State Prison just days after his confession – but the true extent of his crimes is still unknown.
Before his execution, journalist Stephen Michaud managed to get a glimpse into Bundy’s mind, capturing more than 100 hours of interviews.
Consequently “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” was put together and screened on Netflix in January this year.
During the series, Mr Michaud revealed how Bundy would speak in third person about what made him want to kill.
He said: “Ted started laying out the history of what he would soon come to call “the entity”.
“First, this individual, as he called himself, developed a pornography habit.
“Gradually, this kind of malign part of this individual started connecting naked women with violence.
“The feeling grew and grew until the entity controlled him and he would hear a voice.
“He did as the entity told him.”
However, Mr Michaud chillingly recalled how Bundy’s pupils would dilate when he would tell these stories, suggesting he was getting rather excited.
He added: “When he really went going, his eyes went absolutely black.
“He had very blue eyes, but they would go black [when recalling it].
“Killing them [the girls] would become a way of him destroying the entity.
“The act of killing became the end in itself [of the overwhelming feeling].”
During the same series, Sandi Holt, a childhood friend of Bundy, who grew up with him in Tacoma, Washington, gave an insight into his childhood.
She claimed: “He was just different.
“He had a big problem for a long time, he had a horrible speech impediment – so he was teased a lot.
“He just didn’t fit in – even at boy scouts – he just couldn’t get the hang of doing the things other kids were doing.
“He couldn’t tie the knots, or shoot the guns, or win the races, and he had a temper.
“He liked to scare people.”
Last week, new film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” premiered on Sky Cinema in the UK and Netflix in the US, in addition to airing at cinemas.
Directed by the Joe Berlinger – the same man behind the “Confession Tapes” – the film stars Zac Efron and is told from the perspective of Bundy’s former girlfriend – Elizabeth Kloepfer.