Ted Bundy and true crime: How we glamorize serial killers

Ted Bundy was handsome. But he wasn’t hot.

This may sound like an unnecessary thing to say about a serial killer, but considering the way pop culture has reacted to the recent slew of Bundy content, it’s worth emphasizing. The murderer of 30 women and girls is having a moment, but that doesn’t mean he was anything more than extremely wicked, shockingly evil, and vile.

The moment began with a four-episode docuseries, “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,” which debuted on Netflix last month. By the following week, this tweet became necessary:

Then “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” a film starring erstwhile Disney heartthrob Zac Efron as Bundy, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. And now, ABC has announced another documentary on the serial killer.

Insofar as we enjoy the guilty pleasure of insight into the twisted mind of a murderer, there is nothing wrong with

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