Zac Efron's Playing Ted Bundy & Here's Why You Should Be Shocked

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And now, for something completely unexpected. Zac Efron, star of High School Musical and upcoming summer flick Baywatch, has been cast to play Ted Bundy in a drama. The movie will be called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, and it's likely to be an extremely wicked, shockingly evil, and vile viewing experience, since it's about the serial killer Ted Bundy.
Ted Bundy may share the same initials as Efron's High School Musical protagonist Troy Bolton, but that's about it. Bundy was one of America's most notorious and feared criminals. Before Bundy was executed in 1989, he left behind a horrific trail of violence.
Perhaps this is Efron's signal to the world that he wants to be taken seriously as an artiste. He is more than a Disney Channel star rising to stardom through sappy duets.
Read on to discover why you should be so shocked by Zac Efron's new role.
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Bundy was a serial rapist and murderer.

We’ll never know exactly how many individuals were victim to Ted Bundy. At the time of his conviction, Bundy confessed to 30 murders between the years of 1973 and 1978, though the actual number could potentially exceed the 100s.

Bundy especially preyed on young women on college campuses around the country. In one notable incident in June 1978, he broke into the Chi Omega sorority at Florida State University, and killed two women. Bundy typically strangled or bludgeoned his victims to death, and was known to practice necrophilia.

Now, I repeat: Zac Efron is playing this man in a movie.
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He had a lonely childhood.

Bundy was born Theodore Robert Cowell in 1946 in Burlington, Vermont. His 22-year-old mother, Eleanor Cowell, was unmarried at the time, much to the horror of her religious parents. To avoid the social sigma associated with children born out of wedlock, Bundy was raised believing his mother was his sister.

Later, Cowell married a man named Johnnie Bundy and moved to Tacoma, Washington. Ted wasn't much like his mother's other siblings. When he was 3, he became obsessed with knives. He took to spying on neighbors and stealing.

Later, he described being disconnected from other people. Of his high school experience, Bundy said, "I didn't know what made things tick. I didn't know what made people want to be friends. I didn't know what made people attractive to one another. I didn't know what underlay social interactions."
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He had girlfriends.

While a student at the University of Washington, Bundy dated a wealthy student from California named Stephanie Brooks. When Brooks broke up with him, he was left devastated. But Brooks returned to his life in 1973, when Bundy visited California while working for the Republican Party. Brooks was impressed by his seeming transformation from a deadbeat into a party professional, and they spoke of getting married. He cut off contact with her in 1974, though, when his killing spree took off.

Bundy met Elizabeth “Liz” Kloepfer, another significant girlfriend, in 1969. At the time, she was working as a secretary for the University of Washington Medical School, and sought a stable father figure for her child.

Over the course of their tumultuous, seven-year relationship, Kloepfer picked up on Bundy’s strange behavior. Kloepfer reported Bundy to the police in 1974, and told them of her observations. She reported him three times in total, but they never took her seriously.

The upcoming film will be told through Kloepfer’s eyes.
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He worked at the Department of Emergency Services in Washington.

In a twist straight out of Dexter, Bundy once worked for the government agency that searched for his own missing victims. While there, Bundy dated a coworker, Carole Boone.

Later, when Bundy was on trial, he proposed marriage to Boone during court proceedings.
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Bundy used charm to his advantage.

Bundy was known for luring victims to his VW car, where he kept a number of burglary and murder weapons. Wearing a plaster cast, Bundy would approach young women in parking lots and ask for their assistance. In these instances, his good looks worked to his advantage.

Later on, when he was on trial, Bundy’s surprising charm rendered him a celebrity. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is just one of many movies and specials already made about him.
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He escaped from prison twice.

In 1977, Bundy was put in prison for murder. He escaped from a courthouse window in Aspen, Colorado, and and ran free for six days. After being caught, he returned to the Glenwood Springs jail in Colorado, determined to escape. On December 31, 1977, Bundy sawed a hole in a jail cell, stole a guard's clothing, and successfully fled the prison.

In February, Bundy went on to commit the Chi Omega murders at Florida State University. He was caught, at last, in in Pensacola, Florida in February 1978, when police pulled over his VW Beetle. After a long trial, Bundy received the death sentence for his crimes.

Bundy was executed with the electric chair in 1989, at the age of 42.