Bundy’s own blame-shifting words offer no insight into understanding evil

Bundy's own blame-shifting words offer no insight into understanding evil

When the author and editor Diana Athill – who died this week – was asked to edit Myra Hindley’s memoirs, she formed two quick conclusions. First, she thought that Hindley would be unable to face her crimes without going mad. “And as for the other side of it,” she said, “the idea that the more we know about evil, the better we’ll be able to cope with it, it’s nonsense. We know as much about evil as we can and it doesn’t make any difference at all.”

The makers of Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix) clearly take a different view. Released on the 13th anniversary of Bundy’s execution, the first episode bears Athill out. Although he eventually confessed to the murders of 30…

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