One thing concerning the resurgent pop-cultural curiosity in serial killer Ted Bundy doesn’t sit effectively with Billy Jensen.
Jensen, a Los Angeles-based freelance investigative journalist who has targeted on homicide for almost 20 years, mentioned Netflix’s new docuseries “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” and the trailer for the big-screen Bundy biopic “Extraordinarily Depraved, Shockingly Evil and Vile” each fail to indicate viewers the total scope of Bundy’s crimes due to their superficial therapy of his victims.
“We all know a lot about this man, and we all know so little concerning the victims,” Jensen advised HuffPost. “So usually, whenever you learn concerning the victims, the primary issues which are mentioned is that, ‘She was fairly.’ Or, “She was stunning.’ And I’m like, that’s bullshit. … That’s not what defines these ladies or these women.”
So, Jensen, who mentioned he at all times tries “to place emphasis on the victims as a lot as I can,” determined to do exactly that.
He started researching the women and younger ladies Bundy killed in his seven-state rampage within the 1970s. Jensen mentioned he was curious to “discover out what they wished to do of their lives.”
“Like what they had been doing, what they had been heading in the direction of, to present a minimum of some semblance of humanity and the hopes and goals that they may have had,” Jensen mentioned.
Bundy confessed to 30 murders, although consultants say they think there have been extra, and was put to dying in Florida in 1989.
Jensen on Sunday determined to share what he discovered on Twitter in an extended thread with a person publish devoted to every recognized sufferer.
Some posts are brimming with info.
In others, Jensen tried to fill within the blanks.
“One of many ladies was a world faith main and I used to be a spiritual research main,” Jensen wrote of Kathy Parks, an Oregon State College pupil who Bundy confessed to killing in 1974. “The one factor I might guess is that she wished to determine what makes all people the identical. Attempt to boil each faith all the way down to form of one essence, which is what I used to be doing as a spiritual research main.”
A lot of Jensen’s posts have scarce info.
“It was heartbreaking as a result of there have been so many occasions the place there was so little written concerning the victims aside from the listed circumstances of their homicide,” Jensen mentioned. “I didn’t need to deal with how Bundy acquired them. That’s how they’re being outlined in historical past proper now, and I didn’t need to try this in any respect.”
Jensen mentioned he crowdsourced his analysis, asking folks on Twitter who knew the victims to publish info. In some situations, it labored.
Bundy’s crimes have lengthy been a supply of public fascination, chronicled in quite a few films, TV collection and books, most notably Ann Rule’s 1980 bestseller The Stranger Beside Me.
However for the present romanticism of Bundy, Jensen’s publish could act as considerably of an antidote.
“The Ted Bundy Tapes” documentary emphasizes Bundy as being handsome, charismatic and well-spoken. Some viewers have been so blinded by these superficial parts that Netflix felt compelled to share a tweet this week asking its viewers to cease fawning over him and reminding people who there are “THOUSANDS of sizzling males” on its platform who haven’t truly killed and raped anybody.
Jensen mentioned he doesn’t suppose “Extraordinarily Depraved, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” which stars the conventionally good-looking Zac Efron as Bundy, helps the scenario a lot, both.
“I used to be watching [the trailer], and I used to be going, ’Are they going present his warts and all? ’Are they going present all the pieces about this man?’” Jensen mentioned. “This man was a necrophiliac. He had intercourse with useless ladies. He killed ladies after which he went again to their our bodies and raped them. And, are they going present that? No, they’re not. As a result of that’s not going be good for the film.”
He added: “For me, it’s important to present all of that stuff with the intention to make an entire narrative about who this monster was.”