- Netflix has asked viewers to stop talking about the „alleged hotness“ of serial killer Ted Bundy.
- The streaming service premiered its new docu-series „Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes“ last week.
- It since says it has noticed fans obsessing over the apparent physical attractiveness of the brutal killer.
- Bundy confessed to murdering 30 women before he was executed, but he is expected to have actually killed over 100 people.
Netflix has asked its viewers to kindly stop talking about the „hotness“ of serial killer Ted Bundy following the premiere of its new program „Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.“
The streaming service tweeted from its Netflix US account on Monday saying it had been seeing „a lot of talk about Ted Bundy’s alleged hotness and would live to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service — almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers.“
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
— Netflix US (@netflix) January 28, 2019
The four-part documentary premiered on January 24, the 30th anniversary of Ted Bundy’s execution via electric chair in the state of Florida. It features previously unheard audio recordings of interviews with Bundy conducted during his time on death row.
„The Ted Bundy Tapes“ was directed by Joe Berlinger, who seems to have a fascination with the subject — he also directed „Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,“ which stars Zac Efron as Bundy and premiered at Sundance on the weekend and has been accused of „romanticising“ the serial killer.
Bundy was convicted of kidnapping one woman, and given the death penalty for the murders of three others. However, before his execution, he confessed to murdering 30 women between 1974 and 1978.
According to experts, he is expected to have actually killed over 100 people.
Bundy managed to fool his victims because he was considered to be charming, manipulative, and even physically attractive — something that is clear in the docu-series.
Forensic psychologist and FBI and law enforcement consultant Darrel Turner told INSIDER: „I think it’s important that people understand that Ted Bundy was successful because he was so ‚ordinary,‘ but more than that, he was charming and handsome and a charismatic young man.“
He added: „He used guile and cunning, charm, and sympathy to win the trust of his victims and lower their defenses before subduing them. In fact, he was quite proud of this and felt it was something that set him apart from other ‚gentlemen,‘ which is how he referred to other serial killers.“
The statement from Netflix comes after viewers had a similar reaction to the creepy character of Joe in its thriller series „You,“ a dangerous — yet attractive — stalker who goes on to commit murder.
The steaming service had to remind fans that Joe was a murderer, and that fantastising about him kidnapping them was weird.
The actor who plays Joe, Penn Badgley, also responded to tweets written by fans romanticising his character, reminding them that Joe is a murderer with „a whole lot of problems.“
Source: Business insider