Netflix subscribers can't stop talking about the engrossing four-part documentary series, Conversations with A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.
The riveting series incorporates archival footage and statements made from Bundy while he was on death row. The footage was released 30 years to the day of the notorious serial killer's execution by electric chair in the Florida State prison.
Reaction to the series was immediate, with lovers of the true crime genre both mesmerized and terrified by the detailed accounts of the gruesome murders committed by Bundy.
While informative and entertaining, the Netflix series did produce an unintended effect. Renewed interest in the killer prompted many to become fixated on his good looks instead of his evil deeds.
Three decades later, it seems Bundy still charms impressionable people from beyond the grave.
Investigative journalist Billy Jensen tweeted an important message reminding everyone not to glorify the murderer, but to remember his victims, whose lives were cut way too short.
On Sunday, Jensen commented on the Netflix docuseries and Zac Effron's turn as Bundy in the film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile with a very compelling Twitter thread.
"As we all binge The Bundy Tapes on @Netflix and share the trailer for the Zac Efron movie, please remember the victims."
"These women all had hopes and dreams. They should all have movies made about them. I always try to remember what these monsters took away."
As we all binge The Bundy Tapes on @Netflix and share the trailer for the Zac Efron movie, please remember the vict… https://t.co/bTgOIvgXJe— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548650327.0
Jensen honored each of Bundy's victims – many of whom were young female students (some as young as 12-years-old) – with a photo and a description of their hopes and aspirations for the future that were never realized.
Lynda Ann Healy was 21. She was a psychology major preparing to graduate that semester. Lynda loved working with ha… https://t.co/DEOcJAg39u— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548651013.0
Susan Elaine Rancourt was 19. She worked two full-time jobs in the summer to save up money for tuition. Susan wante… https://t.co/1Q2VMCdzOh— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548651178.0
Donna Gail Manson was 19. She was a student at Evergreen State College, a very good flute player and was described… https://t.co/jNSetAoxe5— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548651587.0
Kathy Parks was 20. She was a world religions major at Oregon State. There is not much written about Kathy. As some… https://t.co/QL59jhyyVP— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548652522.0
Brenda Ball was 22. She was described as a free spirit who had recently left community college and was just trying… https://t.co/jZChyHxyIq— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548653336.0
Georgeann Hawkins was 18. In her senior year of high school she was named a Daffodil Princess, and traveled across… https://t.co/4bduZT4MG5— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548684199.0
Janice Ott was 23. She was a juvenile probation caseworker. Janice had just gotten married, and was living with a r… https://t.co/DxTAk6ziW7— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548684901.0
Denise Naslund was 19. She worked part-time and was taking a computer programming course at night. “Denise is very… https://t.co/wf5gEJMMUC— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548691090.0
Nancy Wilcox was 16. She was a cheerleader at Olympus High School and worked part-time as a waitress. Nancy was an… https://t.co/5GFWI48rCH— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548691628.0
Debra Kent was 17. She wanted to be a social worker. Debby would walk down the street and feed the parking meters o… https://t.co/MHQCy7Pqrx— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548696601.0
Julie Cunningham was 26. She worked as a clerk at a Vail ski shop and was a part-time ski instructor. That month, s… https://t.co/jha9lZHLHt— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548701531.0
Denise Oliverson was 25. I wish we knew more about her. All that’s usually written about Denise was that she went o… https://t.co/i8TmUAPiku— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548702239.0
Susan Curtis was 15. She was a student at Woods Cross High School and was on the track team and the girl's baseball… https://t.co/3Yap6bI4cZ— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548707981.0
Lynette Culver was 12. She was a student at Alameda Junior High School. If you knew Lynette and have anything you'd… https://t.co/4MgKJZYiKc— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548708454.0
Laura Aime was 17. She was working small jobs after dropping out of high school. She was trying to find herself and… https://t.co/mSNLvA2rWX— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548708622.0
Caryn Campbell was 23. She was a registered nurse, recently engaged to a cardiologist and living in Dearborn, Michi… https://t.co/H374CPUU4l— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548709327.0
Melissa Smith was 17. She was the daughter of the local police chief and was very cautious. Please someone share mo… https://t.co/AVhvRHAKIE— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548709543.0
Lisa Levy was 20. She was a sister in the Chi Omega sorority at Tallahassee's Florida State University. https://t.co/gJjzBNgfBV— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548710438.0
Kimberly Leach was 12. At her jr. high, she had just been elected first runner up to the Valentine Queen. https://t.co/685GeQNS7B— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548723532.0
Margaret Bowman was 21. She was a sister in the Chi Omega sorority at Tallahassee's Florida State University. https://t.co/StTUw81Igy— Billy Jensen (@Billy Jensen)1548723915.0
Many sympathetic people expressed their appreciation of Jensen for memorializing the young victims.
@Billyjensen Billy! Thank you for remembering the victims ! You’re an awesome victim advocate!— Amanda (@Amanda)1548724198.0
@Billyjensen This thread breaks my heart....to be murdered at any age, but 12....damn it. Thank you. All Beatiful humans.— 🌊warriorbeastmode🌊 (@🌊warriorbeastmode🌊)1548725501.0
@Billyjensen So many of them wanted to go into the medical field...I can’t even fathom all the good they could have… https://t.co/oGs2D4m5Cg— Mrs. Harris (@Mrs. Harris)1548725541.0
@Billyjensen @netflix excellent thread. we are in a “golden age” of prestige crime tv that elevates male killers at… https://t.co/rvFm5l0TfW— Carolyn Murnick (@Carolyn Murnick)1548685311.0
@Billyjensen @netflix Thank you for posting this. There were so many victims, including those that did manage to su… https://t.co/ixeAd9QT0J— Christine Capone (@Christine Capone)1548651117.0
@Billyjensen @netflix And do not forgot all the women who remain unidentified victims :(— Hannah Rae (@Hannah Rae)1548730293.0
@Billyjensen @bookmans @netflix Thank you for posting this. It’s easy to be fascinated with serial killers from th… https://t.co/2I4ow5Jo99— NMarie (@NMarie)1548681377.0
@Billyjensen @netflix Thank you for the reminder. It’s so easy to distance ourselves from the fact that these were… https://t.co/FIuuaQTTMu— Kate Zehr (@Kate Zehr)1548674953.0
@Billyjensen @netflix Thank you for this. We are fascinated by these monsters because we are curious on what makes… https://t.co/T9390SxHBn— stevenjaba (@stevenjaba)1548734439.0
On Monday, Netflix, disturbed by the infatuation over the killer who claimed an estimated 30 lives, also took to Twitter and reminded viewers:
"I've seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy's alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service — almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers."
You can watch the official Netflix trailer for Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes in the YouTube clip below.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix www.youtube.com