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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?”
Who Was Ted Bundy?
Ted Bundy is best known as one of the most infamous serial murderers and rapists who confessed to 30 homicides and the yet common opinion is that he has left behind a body count of upwards to 100.
The Fascination with Ted Bundy
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)
Before 2019, the most famous film about Ted Bundy was The Deliberate Stranger, starring heartthrob Mark Harmon as Bundy.
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.|
Ann Rule and Ted Bundy
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 about Ted Bundy and Ann Rule
Ann Rule worked alongside Ted Bundy on a suicide crisis phone line where she heard Ted save lives.
Continue the Conversation
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?