“Conversations with a Killer” is a Must-See

Conversations with a Killer is a Must-See

Giovanna Anello, Staff Writer

As adolescents, humans are taught what is right from wrong, but it is very unclear why certain people do bad things. In the Netflix’s documentary “Conversations with a Killer,main interviewer, Stephen Michaud manages to get Ted Bundy to reveal key components of the crimes that he committed, making this Bundy documentary tape different than other documentaries and a success.

Michaud made the executive decision of talking in the third person while interviewing him, since Bundy had a degree in psychology and was a suspect in every case. Through this technique Michaud gave him the opportunity to reveal what type of person he thinks would do this and the motives behind the murders, along with many other questions to get to the bottom of this nationwide mystery.

After months past, Michaud truly got a understanding of how skewed Bundy’s mind was but not once did he admit to any of these crimes. Michaud went through several months of small talk with the suspect in attempt to convince the world that this man had a sick mind and hurt dozens of families throughout America. While interviewing Bundy in prison, the audience was able to hear what Bundy had to say through a tape recording used while interviewing him in prison separating this film from others because of the intimacy between Michaud and Bundy.

Throughout the four episodes on Netflix, the audience is able to get a better understanding of how Bundy’s aquanites perceived him. Family, friends, attorneys and past lovers are interviewed during the duration of this film providing more insight on Bundy’s character. They described him as a handsome, smart student and never suspected that he was capable of torturing and killing innocent women. These interviews were so significant because those he was closest with never saw this coming, except for one person, his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer.

While killings of young women continued, the police were desperate for suspects. A young women, Elizabeth “Liz” Kloepfer tipped off the police when she noticed her boyfriend matched the suspect profile, but she still did not believe he was capable of killing over a dozen women.  Ted Bundy matched the suspect profile: he had the car they were looking for, he was always gone when the murders occured and props which Bundy would use to lure his victims in were found. The most shocking piece of information the documentary shines light on is all the clues Kloepfer finds yet still has doubts in her mind even though the facts are inevitable.

After murdering over a dozen women Bundy was then sent to prison, where he decided to use his wit to escape prison twice. During the documentary, the director does an outstanding job of showing how seriously the forces took Bundy’s absence from prison, but the police and FBI were being looked at as failures, unable to complete their job. They were being outsmarted by a murderer who managed to escape from a prison cell and during his own trial. While on the run, Bundy did in fact kill more girls, making the police look like a failure to the community who were already on edge with a killer on the loose.

Before being executed in the electric chair, Bundy confessed that between 1974-78 he had murdered somewhere between 30 to 37 women but the precise number still remains a mystery.

Conversations with A Killer has an intriguing way of delivering Bundy’s past through interviews. This film accurately depicts a man who decided to use his intelligence for evil and ruin the lives of many across the nation. Anyone interested in crime genre or documentaries will not be disappointed after watching the four attention grabbing episodes of the highly praised documentary.