Ted Bundy has been in the spotlight lately, given that on the 24th of January it will have been 30 years since his execution. Of course I (binge) watched Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, that was always going to be a thing. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile with Zac Efron as Bundy is coming out soon and I’m curious to see how he pulls it off.
Here are just some things I think about a lot as a true crime fan…
It’s easy to get caught up with wanting to understand serial killers, trying to comprehend how and why someone could possibly do something so heinous to (multiple) fellow human beings. I’ll be the first to say I find forensic psychology extremely fascinating - it’s one of the main reasons I started this account and my blog in the first place. However I think what’s most important when I listen to true crime podcasts, read books and watch documentaries is to remember the people who were savagely ripped away from the world and those that loved them by a monster. They were real people with ambitions and plans for the future. We will never know what they could have accomplished because they were never given the chance.
The girl in the photo above is Brenda Ball, of Burien, WA. When she was murdered by Ted Bundy she was 22; she had just finished community college weeks before. Brenda liked to have a good time, enjoying going out to bars with her friends as a lot of 22 year olds generally do. She wasn’t a college student like many of Bundy’s victims - she was figuring out what she wanted to do with her life (as I also was, and still am). She was sweet, loving and bubbly and could have been whatever she wanted to be, as could have all of Bundy’s victims and the victims of all serial killers, for that matter.
May they never be forgotten.