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Happy Saturday! Today was a tough one as I could not think of what I wanted to share with y’all as I partake in this A to Z Challenge. But I reckon there really aren’t that many more perfect Ts to mention in connection to sexual assault so today I bring you Ted Bundy and his many portrayals in literature and film. Also – I ask the question “why the fascination with serial killers?”
Ted Bundy is best known as one of the most infamous serial murderers and rapists who confessed to 30 homicides and yet common opinion is that he has left behind a body count of upwards to 100.
He has been both revered and vilified in the press and media and somewhere in between. Today I am focusing on two of the most famous portrayals of Ted Bundy.
The Deliberate Stranger (Mark Harmon)
The most famous film, The Deliberate Stranger, starred Mark Harmon as Bundy.
Trivia: Girls were falling in love with Harmon’s handsome and charismatic portrayal so much that they began to send love letters to Bundy in prison!!
|Mark Harmon as Ted Bundy. 1986.|
In Ann Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me he is described as a man next door who was able to pull the wool over the author’s eyes for long periods of time before she discovered him to be the “Ted” she was researching. It is considered the most definitive account of Ted Bundy’s life and crimes.
Trivia: Ann Rule worked alongside Ted Bundy on a suicide crisis phone line where she heard Ted save lives.
Have you done any research about Ted Bundy? What is your favorite film or book on the subject? Why do you think women (and men) are so fascinated with serial killers and start corresponding with men behind bars?