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‘Bundy Tapes’ Glamorizes Blue Eyed Serial Killer

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Coinciding with the 30 year anniversary of Ted Bundy’s execution at the Florida State Prison is the release of Netflix’s original documentary, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.  While the docu-series was very enlightening and provided much unknown information to the home audience, it also produced an unanticipated reaction; a glamorization of the serial killer.

While glamorizing such felons is not a new concept, no serial killer lends himself better to this phenomena as Theodore Robert Bundy.

The blue eyed killer used his good looks and natural charm to his benefit as he lured 30+ women to their early grave.  His trusting demeanor and handsome outer shell that cloaked the darkness he hid so well beneath the surface made him the perfect celebrity criminal.

Ted Bundy

During Bundy’s trial young women would fill the bench behind him, not so secretly swooning over the accused.  Many of these women who pined after him fit the profile of his prior victims perfectly; pretty young women in their twenties, dark hair parted in the middle.  Being mere feet from a serial killer who raped, killed, ate, and even preformed necrophilia on his victims appeared to escape them, as it does many of the viewers of this new documentary.

While he sat on death row, one of the most influential pieces of media that contributed to Bundy’s portrayal as well as longevity in the public eye is the 1986 TV movie The Deliberate Stranger.  The Deliberate Stranger starred Mark Harmon, a handsome sex icon in the 80’s with bright blue eyes, just as the convicted. Many women in the audience projected Harmon onto Bundy, and the convict’s incoming mail increased dramatically.

Mark Harmon, 1986 ‘The Deliberate Stranger’

After Bundy’s execution in 1989 his celebrity status continued as he continued to be the focus of documentaries, movies, countless books, and pop culture.  Time and jokes have appeared to desensitized the public from the atrocity of Bundy’s crimes, as well as the focus away from Bundy’s crimes and emphasis on him as a fascinating specimen, even sometimes the portrayal of victim himself.

Now, 30 years later, Ted’s story has re-emerged again in another movie; Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.  Director Joe Berlinger casted modern day heartthrob Zac Efron as the notorious killer.  As Harmon enforced the media’s fascination and rose tinted portrayal of the serial killer, Efron’s Bundy appears to be doing the same in the newly released trailer.

It’s doubtful a more handsome actor to portray the killer could have been found.  As a result a whole new generation will be introduced to the criminal from the tainted Hollywood view where he will be glamorized once again.

Zac Efron in 2019 ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’

It was said in the Netflix documentary, Ted Bundy acted as if he was sitting down for his own celebrity biography while journalist Stephen Michaud recorded him.  Three decades following Bundy’s execution it appears even in death he has achieved the fame he always sought after in life.

To read more about the Netflix documentary check out iHorror writer Piper Minear’s review here.

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Evan Peters is Absolutely Chilling in Second ‘Dahmer’ Trailer

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The first trailer for Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story exceeded expectation. The insane detail that is being put into the 10-episode series is absolutely chilling. Plus, Evan Peters is going to a whole new level taking on the role of Dahmer. We are very pleased to announce that the second trailer for the upcoming Netflix series is just as depraved as the first one.

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Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer

Ryan Murphy of American Horror Story creation fame is shaping Dahmer up nicely. Plus, its great to see all these amazing actors all really going for it. For example, Richard Jenkins playing Dahmer’s dad is going to be fascinating to explore.

Watch the trailer below:

The synopsis for Dahmer goes like this:

“Dahmer chronicles the story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers (Peters), largely told from the point of view of Dahmer’s victims, and dives deeply into the police incompetence and apathy that allowed the Wisconsin native to go on a multiyear killing spree.

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story arrives on Netflix beginning September 21 (Tomorrow).

Take a look at these articles if your interested in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

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Glenda Cleveland: The Woman Who Tried to Stop Jeffrey Dahmer

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Glenda Cleveland tried to stop Jeffrey Dahmer’s killing spree, but police didn’t believe her. Subsequently, he was able to kill four more victims.

Ryan Murphy’s 10-episode Netflix series about Jeffery Dahmer, starring Evan Peters, is about to hit the streamer on September 21. It’s called Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, and it tells the story of the disturbed young man, including the neighbor who tried to stop him.

Played by Niecy Nash in the upcoming series, Cleveland lived next to Dahmer. In 1991 her daughter and niece spotted a male teenager fleeing from the killer in an alleyway. Reportedly, the women talked to the police but were ignored. After going home and telling Cleveland, she also tried contacting law enforcement.

But as before, the police didn’t do anything. Instead, they responded that the intoxicated boy was having a domestic dispute with Dahmer and dropped it.

Glenda Cleveland

The Phone Call

Here is the conversation taken from phone records, between Milwaukee police and Cleveland:

Cleveland: “Yeah, uh, what happened? I mean my daughter and my niece witnessed what was going on. Was anything done about the situation? Do you need their names or information or anything from them?”

Officer: “No, not at all.”

Cleveland: “You don’t?”

Officer: “Nope. It was an intoxicated boyfriend of another boyfriend.”

Cleveland: “Well, how old was this child?”

Officer: “It wasn’t a child. It was an adult.”

Cleveland: “Are you sure?”

Officer: “Yup.”

Cleveland: “Are you positive? Because this child doesn’t even speak English.† My daughter had, you know, dealt with him before, seeing him on the street. You know, catching earthworms.”

Officer: Ma’am. Ma’am. I can’t make it any more clear. It’s all taken care of. He is with his boyfriend, in his boyfriend’s apartment, where he has his belongings also.”

Cleveland: “But what if he’s a child? Are you positive he is an adult?”

Officer: “Ma’am, like I explained to you, it’s all taken care of. It’s as positive as I can be. I can’t do anything about somebody’s sexual preference in life.”

Cleveland: “Well, no, I am not saying anything about that, but it appeared to have been a child. This is my concern.”

Officer: “No. No. He’s not.”

Cleveland: “He’s not a child?

Officer: “No, he’s not. OK? And it’s a boyfriend-boyfriend thing. And he’s got belongings at the house where he came from. He has very nice pictures of himself and his boyfriend and so forth.”

Cleveland: “OK, I am just, you know. It appeared to have been a child. That was my concern.”

Officer: “I understand. No, he is not. Nope.”

Cleveland: “Oh, OK. Thank you. Bye.”

Konerak Sinthasomphone

That boy turned out to be 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone who became the 13th documented victim in Dahmer’s reign of terror. There would be four others Dahmer confessed to killing after him.

Cleveland became sort of a hero after Dahmer was caught. The press wouldn’t leave her alone. Even after Dahmer’s conviction, Cleveland continued to live in the neighborhood next to the Oxford Apartments where he did his killing, even after his conviction. The apartment building was eventually torn down in November of 1992

Her brother always asked, “Why don’t you move away from that house on haunted hill?”

Her reply? “I’m not going anywhere!”

Cleveland passed away on December 24, 2011, two decades after the gruesome discovery in Dahmer’s apartments. Her daughter Sandra says she and her mother never really talked about Dahmer and their encounter with him.

“I try not to think about it because it should have been different,” Smith said. “A lot of things could have been prevented. I try not to dwell on that.”

Niecy Nash

Nash’s role will be much bigger than that of other series on the subject. She and Murphy have worked together before on the series Scream Queens.

“My first introduction to Jeffrey Dahmer and his story was hearing something on the news and then hearing my parents talk,” says Nash. “Glenda was one of his victims too. And her story has been told the least.”

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Shocking Interview With ‘Dahmer’s’ Niecy Nash Explains How Serial Killer Could Have Been Captured Early On

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Netflix’s Dahmer is only a few days away. The new series stars Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer and stars Niecy Nash as Dahmer’s neighbor, Glenda Cleveland. In a shocking interview, Nash goes into the details of taking on a woman’s untold story that could have seen the notorious serial killer caught a lot sooner if the police hadn’t been filled with racism and homophobia.

Earlier in the week, we posted the first trailer for the upcoming series as well as an intense interview with Peters. In the interview, Peters talks about how hard it was to stay above the darkness while embodying the role of Dahmer.

The synopsis for Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story goes like this:

Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer gruesomely took the lives of seventeen innocent victims. DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is a series that exposes these unconscionable crimes, centered around the underserved victims and their communities impacted by the systemic racism and institutional failures of the police that allowed one of America’s most notorious serial killers to continue his murderous spree in plain sight for over a decade.

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffery Dahmer arrives on Netflix on September 21.

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