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Will we ever see another Ted Bundy?

John Turnbull

Posted on February 19, 2019 14:38

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Does today's crime technology prevent another serial monster?

I admit I've been #NetflixBashing for awhile now. But when they do hit it out of the park, that sucker doesn't land until the parking lot. Strangely enough, this seems to happen most when they focus on criminal activity (cases in point: Making a Murderer, Orange is the New Black, etc.) The newest example of this is their mini-docu series Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. Chilling, and hard to fathom, even believe, that someone could act this way, this is a serial series (pun intended) that is virtually impossible not to binge watch.

It also hammers home the point that the greatest atrocities often bring out the greatest technologies. Without getting into another individual mass murderer who sparked technological advancements (yes, he had a funny mustache and couldn't paint for shit), Mr. Theodore Bundy was almost single-handedly responsible for live courtroom news feeds on an international scale, global satellite hook-ups for breaking news stories, computer programs used for profiling by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, and a system of unifying case information across borders. Not to mention death row merchandising.

Which leads me to ask the question: could we see another Ted Bundy? Could someone manage to falsify their identity, avoid detection and eradicate DNA evidence to this level with today's technology? I have no doubt that the "type" of killer he was will show up again; one who is void of empathy, charismatic, and craves attention on a grandiose scale with an ego as large as his gall. Hell, take away the murders and this describes nearly every CEO and a recent president elect. But could he (or she, I suppose) get away with it to the scale that Bundy did?

As much as it frightens me to say this, I believe the answer is yes. Remember, that every time a crime prevention tool is put in place, there's quickly a subversive one to counter it. One look at cyber breaches verifies that. While simply stealing credit cards from a bar won't work like it used to, prosthetics and realistic masks are easy to buy online and anyone with a half decent printer and a photoshop program can make a fake ID. And while law enforcement is much more in sync on a global level, the systems work so well that 1000s of matches are made, so you're sifting through a much bigger pile. Also, staying silent will always work well for anonymity, as a recent Google image search about yours truly shows how little an impact one can make in Internet land.

So as long as being famous in any capacity is still akin to the American Dream, it's not a matter of "if" there will be another Ted Bundy, but "when". And I'll be watching the Netflix doc on it.

John Turnbull

Posted on February 19, 2019 14:38

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