I just wanted to take a moment to bend your ear about something I’ve been thinking about. Ted Bundy has had a pretty good spotlight in media lately between movies and specials on Netflix. He is probably one of the most well-known serial killers in North America.
Doing research for a novel, any novel, means that a good amount of research needs to be put in. As a writer of dark fiction, that means that I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching the darker parts of human nature, especially psychopaths such as Ted Bundy. (This was before his sudden surge in popularity.)
The sudden shift of society’s interest in him fascinates me because it leaves me to wonder why he stands out among the other serial killers who made the news over the past century. Even the Zodiac Killer fades in comparison even though this case, to me, is more interesting because we never really solved it.
That being said, I also had a phase where I was focused on Ted Bundy. As some of you are aware of, the main protagonist in my Rituals of the Night Series, Chance Welfrey, ticks all the same boxes as Bundy—charming, attractive, and the least likely suspect to kill anyone. He was, in fact, the basis for that character.
So why is it that society is drawn to attractive psychopaths?
Is it because part of us doesn’t quite believe they could be responsible for the horrible crimes they were sentenced for? Or is it knowing what some people are capable of that makes us want to observe them like a shark in an aquarium?
Tell me your thoughts in the comments!