The woman who Ted Bundy once said he loved so much it was “destabilizing” plans to break her silence after more than four decades in a new Amazon Prime docu-series titled “Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer.”
The new series, slated to premiere in 2020, will re-examine Bundy’s infamous crimes through the lens of his long-time girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer—also often referred to under the pen name Elizabeth Kendall—and her daughter Molly as they recount “new unsettling details about Bundy, the inconceivable pull he had on women, and an abundant archive of never-before seen family photos.”
The five-part series will be told through the female perspective and will examine how Bundy’s pathological hatred of women collided with the feminist movement of the 1970s, according to Deadline. In addition to Kloepfer and her daughter Molly—who saw Bundy as a father figure for many years—the series will also include interviews from some of Bundy’s survivors, some of whom have never spoken publicly.
Kloepfer first detailed her romance with the charismatic killer the 1981 memoir “The Phantom Prince: My Life With Ted Bundy” but dropped from the spotlight soon after and hasn’t spoken publicly about the romance since.
The pair, who began their relationship in October 1969, were together much of the time that Bundy was raping and murdering women across the country—unbeknownst to his girlfriend.
Kloepfer would eventually begin to suspect Bundy, but his caring and even-tempered nature in her presence often reassured her that he could never be involved in such heinous acts.
“I spent a lot of time trying to figure out why I would even be thinking these terrible thoughts,” she wrote in the now out-of-print book obtained earlier this year by Oxygen.com. “Was I going crazy? Was it jealousy? Why did I try to keep building the case against Ted?”
Even after Bundy was arrested for kidnapping Carol DaRonch, Kloepfer continued to believe Bundy’s claims of innocence and continued to see him as his trial approached.
“As we walked out into the cool night air, Ted gathered me in his arms and we kissed for a long, long time,” she wrote. “He was part of me and I was part of him. Whatever was going to happen was going to happen to us together.”
As the evidence against Bundy mounted—and he eventually confessed during a late night phone call that he was controlled by a force he couldn’t contain—Kloepfer pulled away from the killer and severed their ties.
Bundy was eventually convicted in Florida for a series of grisly murders, including the death of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach, who Bundy abducted from middle school, as well as a savage attack on a group of sorority sisters. He was executed in 1989.
Little is known about how Kloepfer views the relationship now. The new Amazon docu-series led by producer-director Trish Wood may finally answer that question.
In conjunction with the release of the series, Abrams Press has announced that it will release an updated version of “The Phantom Prince: My Life With Ted Bundy” in January 2020, which will include new chapters from both Kloepfer and her daughter.
The memoir also served as the inspiration behind this year’s Bundy biopic “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” on Netflix.
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