Ted Bundy Netflix Series Shows How Things Change And Stay The Same

Ted Bundy Netflix Series Shows How Things Change And Stay The Same

February 6, 2019

It's strange to me how things become popular these days. Ted Bundy was basically a household name for quite some time but it was fair to say it had faded off. Most people couldn't recall the enormity of his carnage or the turmoil his actions created. No doubt, he was a serial killer, psychopath, sociopath and downright walking example of evil. 

However, he became the topic of conversation on social media. Heck, I'm writing this blog about him because of the Netflix series, "Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes." 

Without going into the graphic details of his crimes I'll admit I didn't know much about the crimes he committed. I just knew him as a serial killer. The documentary painted a picture of the lack of law enforcement capabilities and a lack of common sense but it was a different time. In that time, it wasn't uncommon to keep your doors unlocked or keys in your unlocked car. That is unfathomable in Houston. Could you imagine? Leaving your keys in your car, maybe even the ignition, while you called it a night and went to bed is not gonna happen.

I can see where some very small communities may feel some level of willingness to still do this but it's unlikely. Also, the lack of communication between police departments blew my mind. This was a time before computer access, internet access and interstate databases. It was unbelievable, by today's standard of connectivity, how he was able to commit the same crimes in nearby states for nearly a decade. The relaxed perception of crime and danger was at an unprecedented low. 

Today's society has come so far from that time. We're live on the defensive. Multiple locks on nearly every door, passwords on every device and codes for every lock and gate. Watching the docu-series gave me a much different perspective of crime and protection but clearly hasn't changed much in attention to heinous criminal activity.

I'm sure I wasn't the only one who saw the ease, in which, Bundy was able to pull off crimes of great magnitude and when considering the victims thought about our own friends or selves. Something about the crimes he committed and this documentary told me that human nature hasn't changed even though technology has. The criminals have just found ways to go around the barriers we've set in place through communication, interstate databases and technological advances in surveillance. 

All in all, the series got 3.5 stars from me. I wouldn't watch it again but it was an unsettling history lesson about a very evil man that I probably was fine without but it gave me new perspective on how far technology has come. Yet, the response to Ted Bundy and his crimes once they'd be represented to society was very much the same as the first time around.