Why Has Ted Bundy Been Getting So Much Attention Lately?

Should we be concerned?

Ted Bundy would love the attention he has been getting recently. He died in the electric chair 29 years ago, but Vulture writes that a brief scan of pop culture seems to indicate that our fascination with the murder is not over yet.

Oxygen’s new series, In Defense Of, examines Bundy’s lawyer, John Henry Browne. The channel also launched a two-hour special called Snapped Notorious: Ted Bundy, as well as a bit of online content. In 2017, there was Fry Day, set during Bundy’s 1989 execution, and Bundy was featured on a few true crime podcasts. And now, Theodore, a documentary by Celene Beth Calderon, the first female documentary director to tackle the subject, will be released in 2019, along with Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a feature film starring Zac Efron as Bundy. There are rumors that the film’s director, Joe Berlinger, is also working on a series using unseen archival material.

Serial killers have always been popular, writes Vulture, but the renewed interest is a little disconcerting.

“There was a real lull in the attention given to Bundy for 20 years,” says Browne, Bundy’s defense attorney, according to Vulture. “I don’t want to be known as Ted Bundy’s lawyer, but unfortunately that’s happening again.” According to Vulture, Browne calls today’s obsession “the Bundy binge,” and is “totally blown away” by it.

The InsideHook Newsletter.

News, advice and insights for the most interesting person in the room.