Netflix is presenting a new type of Ted talk.
The streaming service dropped “Conversations with A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” Thursday, 30 years to the day after the man, who took credit for slaying dozens in the ’70s, died in the electric chair at Florida State Prison. Bundy also admitted to decapitating his victims and necrophilia.
The four-part docu-series features audio from conversations with Bundy behind bars, with journalists Stephen Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth and others. It also serves as a walk-through of his grisly crimes. Presumably it is the perfect primer to “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” the feature in which Zac Efron embodies the killer whose looks to many radiated benevolence, premiering this weekend at Sundance.
Here are the shocking things we learned from the show.
A childhood friend said he set traps, hurting a little girl
While Bundy insists on the tapes he “never lacked playmates,” Sandi Holt, labeled a childhood friend says, “He just didn’t fit in.”
“He had a horrible speech impediment, so he was teased a lot,” she said.
“He had a temper. He liked to scare people,” Holt continued, adding Bundy liked to build what she referred to as “tiger traps,” a pit with pointed stakes, disguised with vegetation. “One little girl went over the top of one of Ted’s tiger traps,” Holt recalled, “and got the whole side of her leg slit open with the sharpened point of the stick that she landed on.”
Remembering Bundy’s high school years, Holt said, “He tried to fool you and lie to you” and recalled him spending time alone and not dating.
As Bundy explained in his own words, “It wasn’t that I disliked women or were afraid of them, it was just that I didn’t seem to have an inkling as to what to do about them.”
He nearly killed himself before his execution
Bundy confessed to an estimated 30 murders to Bill Hagmaier, an FBI special agent, spanning seven states, on Jan. 22, 1989.
The following day, as people gathered outside celebrating Bundy’s impending death, Hagmaier said Bundy threatened to kill himself with a writing pen.
“At some point that day, Ted tells me that he’s not gonna sit in a chair,” he recalled, “and I said, ‘Well, what are you gonna do?’ He said, ‘I’m gonna die right here.’
“And he was sitting across from me, and he had a pen,” Hagmaier continued, “and he said, ‘I can stick this so far up my artery it’ll squirt in your face. And I’ll be drained before anybody even gets here.’ And, I said, ‘Is that what you want to do?’ And he says, ‘I’m not gonna let them kill me.’ “