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Are Those Creepy Ted Bundy Quotes From 'American Boogeyman' Real?
Did Ted Bundy really say “what’s one less person on the face of this earth anyway?” as depicted in the most recent depiction of his murder spree?
Not long after “Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman” begins, the fictionalized Ted Bundy begins opining on the concept of guilt.
“Guilt,” Bundy, played by Chad Michael Murray, utters in a voice-over as he holds the body of a woman he just killed. “It's this mechanism we use to control people. It's an illusion. It's a kind of social control mechanism.”
He goes on.
“Do I feel guilty for anything I've done?” he asks.
“I feel sorry for people who feel guilt,” he answers. “What’s one less person on the face of this earth anyway?”
The voiceover is so over the top, we fact checked some of the quotes, thinking they couldn't possibly be real. But, oh, they are indeed!
The real quote about guilt is pretty close: "I don't feel guilty for anything. I feel sorry for people who feel guilt," said Bundy, according to Newsweek.
As per the “one less person” and “social control mechanism” quotes, those are completely verbatim.
At the end of the film, investigators play a recording of an interview with Bundy in which he says, “We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere.”
Yes, that "dramatic statement" is all Bundy, word-for-word.
While society seems to have an obsession with Bundy, it's important to remember, he wasn't that smart or special. As professor Jane Caputi told Oxygen.com, “He was a nose-picker, a nailbiter, not well liked as a child, he tortured frogs — his own opinion of himself preceded everything and the media did just buy that.”
During Bundy’s horrid 1970s murder spree he murdered at least 30 women, many of which he sexually assaulted after they were long dead. While most were killed in the Pacific Northwest, he also killed sorority members in Florida following a prison break.
Bundy was executed in 1989 at the age of 42.