Mind of a Monster Premieres With a Scan of Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy's psyche will be dissected on ID's new Mind of a Monster series.

Photo: Netflix

“Society wants to believe it can identify evil people, or bad or harmful people, but it’s not practical,” serial killer Ted Bundy is quoted as saying shortly before he was put to death for the 30 murders he confessed to. Investigation Discovery announced a new series of specials called Mind of a Monster which explore the “evolution of evil and the psyche of some of America’s most iconic serial killers.” The anthology begins with Ted Bundy: Mind of a Monster, which premieres on August 18.

“There is no question that, as a society, we are fascinated by the psychology of serial killers–both real, like Ted Bundy or fictional, like Hannibal Lecter,” Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, said in a statement.

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Serial killers existed long before there was a term to classify what they did. Forensics and law enforcement investigate how, when and where the killers strike, but they can’t put it all together without answering why. Motive is always at the top of the list when bagging a bad guy, but what goes on in the minds of those whose motivations are askew? The new series looks at people who seem normal, sometimes positively charming, who transform into monster whose crimes are the work of nightmares.

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“It is nearly impossible to comprehend why or how anyone could commit these kinds of acts against another human,” Schleiff said. “In that regard, this new franchise will explore the psyches of these monsters in an attempt to comprehend their despicable crimes.”

Theodore “Ted” Bundy’s crime spree reached from coast to coast, and included two prison escapes before he was sentenced to death. Bundy used his “abundant charisma and good looks to prey on countless young women throughout the 1970s, seamlessly flipping from charming stranger to dangerous criminal and claiming the lives of more than thirty women,” according to the press statement.

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Ted Bundy: Mind of a Monster reveals a comprehensive, intimate look into Bundy’s life, detailing his transformation into “one of the worst serial killers America has ever seen.” The Mind of a Monster specials utilize real footage and audio from the criminals themselves to reveal “chilling insights into their lives and personalities and the twisted reasoning behind their deadly actions,” according to the press statement. Ted Bundy: Mind of a Monster includes new interviews with those closest to the case, and haunting recordings from Bundy himself

Ted Bundy: Mind of a Monster premieres Sunday, August 18 at 9 p.m. on Investigation Discovery.

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Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFKRead more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.