Netflix reveals 'Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes'
Netflix released a four-part docu-series following the life of infamous serial killer Ted Bundy on Jan. 24, 2019, which was the 30th anniversary of Bundy's execution by electric chair at the Florida State Prison. Netflix's description for the show says, "Present-day interviews, archival footage and audio recordings made ton death row form a searing portrait of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy."
Bundy was known for the assault and murder of multiple young women in the states of Washington, Florida, Utah and Colorado. After denying the accusations for decades, Bundy ultimately confessed to 30 murders between the years 1974 and 1978; however police believe that the actual number is possibly higher. His trial was one of the first to be aired to a national audience.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, "In the four part series, Bundy tells his own story through death-row audio tapes captured by journalists Stephen Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth in 1980. Michaud and Aynesworth had nearly 100 hours of audio with Bundy, most of which has never been heard before."
Joe Berlinger, the series' director and executive producer said that "We thought that the anniversary date was a good time to re-examine this case and to bring it to the younger audiences... The lesson of Bundy is a very important one, which is evil does not come handed to you on a silver platter that you can easily identify."
Berlinger also said, "The first time I heard those tapes, it hit me in the stomach that I understand now why people believed him, why he was so engaging, why he was so believed... The reason that is so bone chilling is Bundy represents the deepest darkest fear that a human can have, which is that you can't trust the person next to you."