Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

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  1. Richard Channing

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    This four part documentary just came out on Netflix yesterday. I'll probably have a look. I've already seen at least one good doc on the subject but I'm curious to hear the version of Ted Bundy he wanted us to see, which is apparently what the tapes mostly are, as he at no point confesses to any of the crimes but rather is encouraged to hypothesize as to the kind of person who would commit such acts. But apparently he mostly preferred to talk about his life and the tapes are more of an exercise in PR and narcissism. Could be interesting...

     
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    Received an email from Netflix about this. I'll watch the first episode and see how it goes.
     
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    What did you think? I'm fascinated by anything like this - the psychology and what makes them (serial killers!) tick.
     
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    I don't think we would find the psychology of serial killers terribly interesting if we were able to wrap our brains around their heartless sadism; these kinds of sociopaths are just a mental blur of eternal manipulation, surface charm, baroque rationalizations, destructive cleverness for its own sake, and eroticized meanness -- and, yes, they've often experienced childhood abuse, but not always.

    There's a creepy blend of weird conservatism about them and a desire for shock effect.

    Probably the fascination so many people have with them is an attempt to understand the darker sides of themselves. And while that's work a peek, especially for purposes of valid introspection, it's really not worth a lengthy wallow. The more monstrous amongst us are actually not that compelling.

    Nicer people are far, far more interesting.
     
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    Then again, E. O. Wilson, "the father of sociobiology," said: We don't just fear our predators, we are transfixed by them, prone to weave stories and fables and chatter endlessly about them. Because fascination breeds preparedness, and preparedness breeds survival. In a deeply tribal sense, we love our monsters.

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    Jaws author Peter Benchley quoted these lines on a number of occasions. To the point that I'd reattributed the original quote to him (even though he invariably credited Wilson when quoting).
     
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    This documentary was crazy but what was crazier is how dumb the police were. (I won't say why for the sake of spoilers but, if you know, you know.)
     

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