Thursday, September 27, 2018


Here a while back the Oxygen Channel did a two part documentary on Ted Bundy which basically plowed the same furrows which have been plowed by the various documentaries made about Bundy over the past 30+ years--placing major emphasis on the western cases, doing lots of emoting over how charismatic and charming Bundy was, and almost completely ignoring the crime for which he was executed.

It is not hard to figure out why Bundy's last murder has gone largely overlooked. There is no glitz or glamor, nothing charismatic or charming, about a murdering child molester. Having prosecuted several men who committed crimes fitting the FBI's definition of "serial murder," I was always somewhat disappointed that people could not see how remarkably unremarkable Ted Bundy really was.

I have high hopes that a new CNN documentary might help to demonstrate the ugliness of this twisted mediocrity who succeeded in making himself famous by committing unspeakable crimes. It is the first documentary production which has ever asked my opinion on the subject, and I was not shy about sharing my lack of admiration for Bundy.

“How It Really Happened: Ted Bundy,” a four-part documentary, premieres on CNN Headline News in early October.  Dates and times are below:  

“Part One: The Girls Are Missing” is Sunday, October 7 at 8pm 

“Part Two: Ted Escapes” follows Sunday, October 7 at 9pm 

“Part Three: The Murder Trials” is Sunday, October 14 at 8pm

“Part Four: The Death Row Confessions” follows Sunday, October 14 at 9pm. 

It will also be available on demand on cable systems and on CNNgo (

I look forward to watching it, and I hope that it serves to damage Bundy's image as a charismatic super-criminal.

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