How a Dallas Journalist's Conversations With Serial Killer Ted Bundy Became a Hit Netflix Series

When it comes to journalism, Hugh Aynesworth's career feels a bit like Zelig, the Woody Allen movie whose title character ends up in a slew of historical moments. Now 87, Aynesworth first made his mark covering the assassination of President John F. Kennedy for The Dallas Morning News.Then a spry 32, Aynesworth witnessed the assassination in Dealey Plaza, saw suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald handcuffed in the Texas Theatre and stood close enough to feel the heat from Jack Ruby’s Colt Cobra as it fired a single, fatal shot into Oswald’s abdomen in the basement of the Dallas police station.All of that happened in 48 hours and helped lay the foundation for Aynesworth probing the psyche of serial killer Ted Bundy. That’s right, Ted Bundy.Here it is 2019, and less than three years away from 90, Aynesworth appears in and serves as co-executive producer of a new Netflix series — Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes — that, in the parlance of the day, has gone viral.Based on a pair of books Aynesworth wrote with Stephen G. Michaud, the renewed interest in Bundy has also inspired a two-hour 20/20 special on ABC that airs Friday night, Feb. 15. Hollywood has even released a movie starring heartthrob Zac Efron as Bundy that will soon arrive at a theater near you.But it’s the Netflix series that’s getting all the talk. As television goes, it is chilling, binge-worthy and eerily insightful.  Continue reading...

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