No serial killer has captured the world’s attention quite like Ted Bundy.
Clever, charming and with boy-next-door good-looks – the stories, details and tidbits relating to the depraved killer’s fascinating life seem never-ending, as the world desperately attempts to piece together signs to pinpoint where it all went wrong.
Bundy was a shy child, and while his formative years saw him raised predominantly by his grandparents in Vermont, later developing a strained relationship with his step-father, he led a relatively ordinary life in a working-class family. He was bright, he studied psychology and law, and those who remember him from his youth remember him as quiet, pleasant, and unassuming.
Fast-forward almost three decades since his 1989 electric chair execution, and the world is still wondering how someone who seemed so normal - who was well-liked by former colleagues and classmates, who once volunteered at a suicide-prevention hotline, who had friends and previous girlfriends and who, by all accounts, was instantly likeable by everyone he met, turned out to be a monster.
The story of Bundy is only becoming more infamous, with the recent release of Netflix's documentary Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and upcoming movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron.
Conversations with A Killer focuses on a man whose personality, good looks and social graces defied the serial killer stereotype, allowing him to hide in plain sight as he committed his many brutal sex-crime murders before being caught in 1978.
The movie, to be released later this year, takes its title - Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile - from the words of judge Edward Cowart who sentenced Bundy to death in 1979.