Bundy: Falling for a Killer

  • You're Gonna Make It After All!
    You're Gonna Make It After All! Here Bundy shows the world that there's a lighter side to barbaric psychopathic violence.
  • Bodies Roasting Over An Open Fire...
    Bodies Roasting Over An Open Fire...
  • Nobody Looks Good After Being Arrested
    Nobody Looks Good After Being Arrested
  • I May Be Just A Simple Psycho Lawyer...
    I May Be Just A Simple Psycho Lawyer...
  • The Girlfriend
    The Girlfriend She was Bundy's girlfriend for a while in the beginning, and now she's ready to cash in on the renewed interest. Honestly good for her.
  • Just An Ordinary Psychopath
    Just An Ordinary Psychopath
  • Killer Groupie Three
    Killer Groupie Three "I know he kills women exactly like me but he's just so cute! Nobody's perfect!"
  • Killer Groupie Two
    Killer Groupie Two "He could diddle my grapefruits any time!"
  • Killer Groupie One
    Killer Groupie One "I'm not afraid. He just doesn't look like a killer. God he looks so dreamy!"
  • The Girlfriend's Daughter
    The Girlfriend's Daughter Here she describes living with the serial killer wasn't the go-lucky funness you'd expect.
  • Ted the Goofball
    Ted the Goofball He was a happy-go-lucky murderer, the Homer Simpson of serial-killing.
  • Ted Bundy or Julian Lennon
    Ted Bundy or Julian Lennon Back before fax machines or the internet, cops only had crap like this to work with so don't be too judgy.
  • Smile You Sucker
    Smile You Sucker Ted Bundy, mild-mannered Republican campaign worker with a personal sense of justice.
  • You're Gonna Make It After All!
  • Bodies Roasting Over An Open Fire...
  • Nobody Looks Good After Being Arrested
  • I May Be Just A Simple Psycho Lawyer...
  • The Girlfriend
  • Just An Ordinary Psychopath
  • Killer Groupie Three
  • Killer Groupie Two
  • Killer Groupie One
  • The Girlfriend's Daughter
  • Ted the Goofball
  • Ted Bundy or Julian Lennon
  • Smile You Sucker

It’s a well-known secret that dead celebrities can rake in big bucks. A lucrative, if morbid subsection of the publicity world has devoted itself to the effort, making a buck off of anything and everything it can brand with a dead celeb’s face, body, voice, or film clip. Branding has given necrophilia has a whole new meaning.

Michael Jackson, for instance, who died 11 years ago, raked in $60 million in 2019. Elvis Presley, dead 43 years now, came in second at $39 million, and Marilyn Monroe, dead since 1962 rolled in an impressive $13 million. There’s GOLD in them thar rotting corpses!

So it shouldn’t surprise me that a recent slew of Ted Bundy movies and documentaries are raking in big bucks. He was a celebrity after all; a murderous, necrophiliac, psychopathic celebrity sex criminal, but beggars can’t be choosers. Hollywood doesn’t care about those minor faults, just asses in seats, or in this case subs zoning out with some DoorDash on their ironic beanbags.

Anyway, I found myself binging “Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer,” and was feeling pretty guilty about it. Hadn’t I paid this cretin enough attention so many years after his execution? I’d watched the movies, with all the bad recreations, all the crime docs, even sat through Zac Efron confessing his undying love for Lily Collins in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” and suffered through John Malkovich’s Southern accent.

Why? White middle-aged males have to by law. Don’t take my word, it’s on Google.

“Falling for a Killer” was an interesting perspective on Bundy: on one hand, he was a murderous psychopath, on the other he was a Republican who seemingly treated his girlfriend and her daughter ok. Besides the Republican part, it does seem like a contradiction worthy of being explored dramatically to learn something, hopefully, about our conventional definitions of good and evil.

(Come on, you’ve looked at Mitch McConnell at least once and wondered how many bones you’d find digging up his basement crawlspace.)

Nevertheless, I admit I’m conflicted watching this type of stuff and helping fill up the coffers of the producers and streaming services marketing these things. I mean Elvis made $39 million last year for the companies and individuals who own his various likeness and intellectual property rights. By the end he was in pretty sorry shape, but his career was a famously productive one. He gave millions, perhaps billions of people some joy and fun. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” was our song when I married my wife, and I’ll bet that’s hardly unique: he was an icon for rock ‘n roll with soul and Memphis today exists as a testament to his legacy.

None of those positives apply to Bundy. He didn’t give anyone joy and fun, except perhaps when he was executed in 1989. He caused misery to dozens of families, destroyed so many lives and everything and everyone around him, including his girlfriend and her daughter as this documentary shows. He was a destructive force, one that shouldn’t ever be admired…. Yet he was.

There was more than one young woman at his trial who found the killer “fascinating,” and smiled when describing him or talking about being close to him. Is that just morbid fascination or something else, maybe one key to understanding how he was able to get away with murder for so many years. In any case, it’s not something to be promoted or admired.

If you catch any person at the right moment, they can appear to be saints, martyrs, or villains. That’s the danger with this kind of publicity. No one can deny that Marilyn Monroe’s new jewelry collection is cool, even this many years after her unfortunate demise. But effectively glorifying a murderous psycho and enriching a bunch of opportunists looking for ratings or new subs isn’t cool, it’s as dumb as those women who gushed over seeing Ted up-close and personal, with or without a bloody log in his hands..

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Not to be upstaged, J-Lo made sure audiences saw the scant fabric over her baby-maker too.
I may be wrong, but I think the choreographers for this year's half-time show were trying to tell us something....
Yes, she's a mother of 4 but can still grind that pole, girls.
For no particular reason, Superbowl Halftime took a pause from the porn to feature a delightful chorus of school girls, who have a lot to look forward to in the Entertainment Industry.
Shake, shake, shake!
Here this guy helps J-Lo determine just how far he'll go before she presses charges.
J-Lo gave audiences an up-close and personal look into her interior organs Sunday night, vowing to bring ultrasound pictures next year.
J-Lo gave audiences exactly what she thinks they need on a Sunday evening with a gut full of beer and nacho cheese.
Shakira used a unique brand of subtle sexuality to engage the audience.
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