I lived a normal life

by Arran James

Reposted from Archive Fire: Here Bundy talks at length of the influence of pornography, violent media and images on the evolution of his most deviant desires and murderous behaviours. It is a fascinating confession of a man who came to self-interprete his life through the lens of what seems to be a heightened moral sensibility.

Here Ted Bundy articulates the biographical narrativisation of his desires and actions as a murderer and a moral agent. Bundy displays a high degree of moral insight and biographical disruption. Making no attempt to deny his responsibility, Bundy constructs a self-discourse of being a normal man with abnormal desires. For Bundy, pornography had become the kind of daemonic force represented by the radical feminist critiques of the 70s. It is around the question of pornography that the fault lines of this narrative are formed.

What strikes me most strongly is the extent to which Bundy’s narrative seems to be written out of both his own moral sentiments in conjunction with this feminist discourse. Even stronger though is the presence of psychiatric language throughout the dialogue.

Bundy was executed by electric chair the following day. This confessional interview, moralistic and understanding, thus forms the opening of Bundy’s death.