Tapes Reveal Ted Bundy's Chilling Prison Conversations: 'I'm Just a Normal Individual'
Joe Berlinger produced “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” for Netflix, and he told Inside Edition the story of the murderer “taps into our deepest, darkest fear.”
Ted Bundy's trail of dead spread over at least five states in the 1970s and the handsome, charismatic man confessed to killing at least 28 women.
Conversations Bundy had while in prison are the subject of a new Netflix docu-series called “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,” directed and produced by Joe Berlinger.
Journalist Stephen G. Michaud interviewed Bundy on death row and his tapes are the backbone of the series. Michaud wrote a book by the same name with Hugh Aynesworth.
“He looked and me and grabbed my tape recorder and kind of held it close to himself and closed his eyes and off we went,” Michaud told Inside Edition of his interview with Bundy.
During one of the candid chats, Bundy told Michaud that he was "not an animal."
“I’m not crazy and I don't have a split personality. I'm just a normal individual,” Bundy said.
Bundy sometimes talks in the third person on the tapes, saying at one point, “He decides upon young attractive women being his victims.”
“It's a deep, dark descent into how this guy operates,” Berlinger told Inside Edition. “Bundy teaches us that the person next to you is potentially capable of evil.”
Bundy was sent to the electric chair on Jan. 24, 1989. Outside prison, when the signal came that it was all over, cheers erupted from the crowd that had gathered to celebrate the end of his life.
Berlinger also directed a new movie called “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” starring Zac Efron as Bundy. The film is set to be released at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday.
“The thing that is so interesting to me about Bundy is how he got away with it for so long and everyone thought he was a wonderful guy,” Berlinger said. “Bundy fooled everybody and that taps into our deepest darkest fear.”
“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” chronicles Bundy’s killings and is told from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, played by Lily Collins.
John Malkovich and Haley Joel Osment also appear in the film, as well as Metallica’s James Hetfield appearing in his acting debut as a police officer.
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