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Given the sheer number of Ted Bundy documentaries out there, you’d be forgiven for writing this off as just another attempt at rehashing the same story. As Amazon Prime’s latest true crime documentary series tells us within the first 5 minutes of the show, “this story has been told so many times…but never from the viewpoint of the women”. Step forward Ted Bundy: Falling For A Killer, a 5-part documentary series that shines the spotlight on the victims of this tragic tale rather than overshadowing them by the menace and evil of Ted Bundy himself.
With an air of empowering feminism hanging over the entire show, the five parts break down the evolving relationship between Elizabeth Kendall and Ted Bundy, involving Liz’s daughter Molly whom becomes entangled in this entire situation. From here, the series breaks down the years leading up to Bundy’s arrest and subsequent death, with the final episode paying tribute to the young women who lost their lives. Unlike other documentaries of its kind, seeing Elizabeth and the other women reacting to these events unfolding offers a very different perspective on this tale and helps to add a lot more depth and poignant heartbreak to the entire situation.
The series combines talking heads with stock photos, zooming in or out on these pictures, while narration from eye-witnesses, Elizabeth and various other men and women along the way help to paint a very real and human portrait of this man. During a number of the aforementioned talking head segments is a lack of music which feels respectful and reallys help to add a lot more weight to these segments.
There are societal issues thrown in here too, including attitudes at the time toward women, rape and feminism. These themes play a big role throughout the series but more importantly, at no point is Bundy ever regarded as larger-than-life or other synonymous terms the media painted him as during this time. It’s a smart move too, and one that offers up a level playing field for these women and ultimately elevates them to a much-needed height as they weave their stories.
Overall, Ted Bundy: Falling For A Killer breathes new life into a topic that’s been retold a number of times before. Slanting the viewpoint toward women instead of Bundy is a much welcome change, with Elizabeth and Molly telling their stories with clarity and a poignant tone hanging over every part of the show and all of this ties in reasonably well with the political elements woven through the series.
While on the surface, Falling For A Killer feels in danger of being lost in the sea of other Bundy documentaries out there, Amazon Prime’s documentary offers up an important and unique viewpoint not often shared. If there’s one documentary series on the topic worth watching – this is it.
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Verdict - 7.5/10