Journalist Hugh Aynesworth (center) at a Mayborn conference.

Neighbor Hugh Aynesworth is in the middle of some controversy since a pair of books he wrote with Stephen G. Michaud are the basis for a Netflix series “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.” Journalist Aynesworth, 87, who lives in Preston Hollow with his wife, Paula, is known for his coverage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, having witnessed it in Dealey Plaza. Michael Granberry at the Dallas Morning News has a comprehensive story on Aynesworth, his role in the JFK assassination and his interviews with Bundy: “How a Dallas Journalist’s Conversations with Serial Killer Ted Bundy Became a Hit Netflix Series.” Tim Swarens, who witnessed Bundy’s execution in 1989, writes in the Daily Beast, “I watched Ted Bundy die. He doesn’t deserve to be remembered.” Pamela Colloff, ProPublica senior reporter and former Texas Monthly writer, tweeted, “Everything that can go wrong in telling a crime story is on display in the Ted Bundy Tapes. It feels exploitative, superficial, lurid & disrespectful to the victims. Giving Bundy a voice—especially when he had nothing of substance to say—is grotesque. What a disappointment.” Others admire the storytelling. Forbes Merrill Barr writes, “The formatting and pacing are solid and the content is presented in a very easy to digest way, which is something one has not been able to say about Netflix true crime docs for quite some time.” Meanwhile, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile,” a fictional film about Bundy starring Zac Efron is coming soon.


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