Amazon released a new Ted Bundy docuseries that focuses on the story from the female perspective and that features Elizabeth Kendall and her daughter, Molly.
Hopefully, you’re not getting Ted Bundy fatigue because Amazon Prime just dropped the most interesting Bundy docuseries yet. Ted Bundy: Falling For a Killer is told from a female perspective as we hear from Bundy’s long-time girlfriend, Elizabeth Kendall, and her daughter, Molly Kendall.
The docuseries also enlisted help from survivors, family members of the victims, and more. Not only does the series give us a different perspective on the serial killer, but it gives us an in-depth look at how society was functioning around the time of the 1970s wave of feminism.
One reason this particular version of the story felt so vital and important is that, as the director, Trish Woods stated, “I would say that everybody knows Ted’s name, and few people could name any of the women. I thought it was time for them to have their moment.” The quote comes from USA Today‘s article on the series.
There is a lot of new information, and touching stories revealed in the series. I highly recommend watching it if you get the chance. The best part is, it’s only five episodes! The following list details some of the most intriguing things we learned from Ted Bundy: Falling For a Killer.
3. Ted Bundy was constantly stealing.
Bundy worked on a couple of different political campaigns. While working, he would become a “chameleon,” wearing disguises to visit the opponents of his political opponents.
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He also had a tendency to steal all the time. Elizabeth recounted the fact Bundy would park his car in a tunnel near The Bon Marche store, go inside, and grab multiple items before disappearing into the tunnel with the stolen goods.
“He was proud of how brazen he could be and get away with it,” she said. When she told him that if he got caught, it could ruin his potential career as an attorney or politician. Ted responded that he would never get caught.
2. His first victim speaks out for the first time.
Karen Sparks Epley was Ted Bundy’s first official victim and one of the only women that survived his attack. This docuseries marks her first time going public with her traumatic experience. When asked why she kept her story so private, she said it was because she wanted to keep her privacy and have her own life.
She also made an astute observation that women feel like they’re forced to remain quiet, that society teaches them to get on with their lives and forget about it instead of healing and coping.
According to Karen, she was attacked in her own home. Bundy took part of the bed frame off of her bed and smashed her in the skull and the bladder repeatedly. He then left her there, where she lay for 18-20 hours before her roommate found her.
Karen has permanent brain damage and lost 50% of her hearing and 40% of her vision after the attack. She also suffered from epileptic fits for many years in the aftermath.
1. Bundy sent Elizabeth a strange letter after being in jail for a few years.
While in jail, Ted Bundy sent a letter to Elizabeth to say that he had found God and had essentially tried to apologize for his actions and say he had become a different man. Elizabeth never read the letter because Molly found it first.
She burned the letter to protect her mother as she feared she would let Ted get his hooks into her once again. Eventually, Molly did tell her mother. The two women talk about it in the docuseries and how Elizabeth felt when she learned what Molly had done.
Bundy went to his death, wondering why Elizabeth never wrote him back. Molly stated that she wasn’t sorry about that.
Ted Bundy: Falling For a Killer is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.