I always hoped my extraordinary amount of information about serial killers would be put to use.
My early adolescence marked more than an awkward and confusing time in my life. It also marked the beginning of my longest relationship—my relationship with the weirder side of life. I’m not sure why or how, but the beginning of middle school was when I became interested in True Crime documentaries and serial killers. Maybe it was because my fascination with the supernatural was often tied to crime and murder, or maybe it was because I watched Cops and America’s Most Wanted on the daily. Regardless of the real reason, I became fixated on crime, murder, and eventually serial killers.
It all started with a documentary on Jim Jones, or The Kool-Aid Man as he’s sometimes referred to. I immediately was hooked. Throughout middle school and high school, I watched countless documentaries and read tons of articles and stories on Jim Jones, H.H. Holmes, Jack and Ripper, Eileen Wuornos John Wayne Gacy, Jeffery Dahmer, Charles Manson, and, of course, Ted Bundy.
In a previous blog, I wrote about finding inspiration and how it’s everywhere you go. The way my college professors phrased this was by telling each student to write what they know. Cue writing a horror/thriller novel that has many ties to Ted Bundy himself. A large portion of my, novel Lost Girls, was inspired by Bundy and, particularly, his time spent in Salt Lake City, Utah.
How was Bundy himself and his actions were translated into my fiction novel? Well, you’ll just have to read it to find out.
If you haven’t yet seen Netflix’s docu-series on Ted Bundy, I would highly recommend it. It’s a great, quick series to watch if you, like me, are interested in serial killers, crime, murder, or like getting inside the head of serial killers.
If you can’t get enough Ted Bundy you’re in luck. Zac Efron stared as Ted Bundy in the new film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. And, as of a few hours ago while writing this, Netflix has acquired the rights to the film after its Sundance Film Festival release on January 26, 2019.
Why not round-out your Ted Bundy binge-fest by reading my weekend read, Lost Girls, to see to similarities yourself.