Netflix’s ‘The Ted Bundy Tapes’ shows us a guy we think can’t possibly be a killer

I’ve been watching the ‘Ted Bundy Tapes’ on Netflix. Now, Netflix did say to people “don’t watch this alone!”, like it was terrifying and you wouldn’t sleep at night afterwards. However, being someone who has always been completely intrigued by the criminal mind, this was not a documentary I was going to pass up.

Ted Bundy has always interested me because he’s not your average serial killer. He doesn’t look scary or crazy. I mean, check out Charles Manson. I mean seriously, go watch a YouTube video. The man makes zero sense when he talks. He can barely string a coherent sentence together. And his eyes scream, “I don’t even know I’m on planet Earth right now”. He looks nuts. Ted was clean cut, polite, well mannered and well educated. I know he was charged with killing all those women. I know this. But if he told me he didn’t do it, he’s so convincing that I would believe him. That’s what makes Ted Bundy special. Killers have followed in Ted’s footsteps who have been charming and disarming and this is now a fairly well known common trait found in psychopaths.

The ‘Ted Bundy Tapes’ allows viewers to listen to Ted’s story, almost from his own point of view. A psychology student, Ted was asked to describe the actions of the killer (he maintained his innocence for a while) as he saw it. He was seen as almost talking about himself in the third person, rather than profiling the killer. He describes seeing the women as rather a means to an end, in this case, that end being sexual gratification. His problem however, was that after he had achieved this end through violent sexual means he then had to get rid of the evidence, or the victim would then run away and he’d be busted, right? So in his head, killing them and disposing of the evidence was his only option. Why he didn’t just find a girl who was into bondage or hire a hooker that enjoyed being strangled for fun, is beyond me. These girls DO exist (no I’m not volunteering and no this is not something I personally would enjoy).

Ted was a bit of a chameleon. He could look different in every photo. This sounds odd but I also have a friend who doesn’t even need to change his hair and still manages to look totally different in every photo I have. Ted however, used this to blend in and maintain a sort of anonymity.

During the disappearances of Janice Ott and Denise Naslund, eye witnesses described seeing both girls talking to a man and overhearing the name “Ted”. What strikes me as extremely odd however is the police sketch of the suspect, as identified by the victims. The suspect is pictured with distinctly blonde hair. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but it would be very very difficult to mistake Ted’s hair as blonde. It is extremely dark. This would surely be one of the first things people notice, is the colour of someone’s hair or their clothing. Is it possible that the witnesses were so wrong about Ted’s hair colour when they saw him talking to Janice and Denise? I personally don’t think so. I am swayed to this even moreso by the fact that when shown a photograph of Ted, seven of the eight witnesses said that the man they saw most positively was not Ted. Could Ted have used his chameleon-like abilities to blend in and confuse these witnesses or were the girls talking to a different man altogether.

Netflix, for reasons unknown, have left out the perhaps overly graphic details of Ted’s necrophilia after the murders. It does not mention that after sexually assaulting the girls, sodomising some of them, and killing them, he then kept the bodies in the woods and frequently revisited them, performing sexual acts with the corpses until decomposition made this impossible. He also kept the heads of several of the girls at his apartment, before taking them back to the woods and dumping them.

How much of this confession was true, we will never know as Ted kept much to himself and liked attention from the press, so it’s entirely possible he fabricated macabre stories to reignite that media attention, we will never know, as Ted was taken to the electric chair in 1989 and an end was put to his terrifying reign.

Netflix takes us through some in depth and interesting insight into Ted’s murder spree, mainly from his own perspective, which was incredibly interesting, however I feel a bit like he was glamorised and without knowing what I know about the sexually assaults and necrophilia, you could almost believe he wasn’t that bad of a guy…

Getting rid of the pasty or jaundiced look – The Body Shop: Drops of Youth Skincare Review

I have stated in the past previously that I am not very good at being a “girl”. Basically, anything involving hair, make-up, clothing, or generally look good or in any way, shape or form, “like a girl”, I suck royally at. I’ve never been one for spending a fortune on expensive make up and my entire wardrobe consists of cool t-shirts I’ve found in Primark (on sale, cos I’m tight) or bought from Game.

My mum took me shopping as a belated birthday present and we went into an expensive make-up shop, looked at a couple of lipsticks, decided that we needed both our kidneys and that £30 for a lipstick was more or less verging on outrageous and walked over the road to The Body Shop instead.

I won’t lie, I don’t usually shop in The Body Shop and any items I own from that store were bought as Christmas/birthday presents for me from my mum usually. I was quite surprised at the prices of some of the things on sale to be honest. I sniffed the various body butters and had a nice blueberry one in my hand as I walked over to the till, before deciding that £8.50 was a bit much for a body butter that I’d most likely put in the bathroom cupboard and forget I even owned let alone used, so I put it back.

Having mentioned to my mum that I actually really needed a decent moisturiser for my combination (shit) skin, she suggested the vitamin E products that the store had. We looked at a few of them and I picked one up and read the label. Nothing in particular jumped out at me and it was pricey at around £11 but I figured what the hell, it’s something I need and use on a daily basis and the “amazing” moisturiser I bought from Amazon turned out to be absolutely useless and actually made my skin worse. That’s what I get for paying £3 for “amazing”, I guess.

As I continued perusing the moisturisers, I happened upon one of the store clerks showing a customer a solution in a green glass bottle and telling her how amazing the product was. I’m a sucker for packaging and the range reminded me of old fashioned Victorian or Wild West snake oil type tinctures. The range was called “Drops of Youth” and my mum had seen me looking at it and came over to tell me it was supposed to be “out of this world, fantastic”. She did look at me and say “I’m not sure you’ll wake up looking twenty years younger though…” – thanks Mum.

There was a set on offer for £38 which included a moisturising serum and a sleeping mask. I wasn’t overly convinced but given that the serum alone was £33 (I nearly died when I saw the price tag), I splashed out, since it was my birthday money off my mum. I was sceptical but had nothing to lose. Except £38…

I got home, stripped what tiny little make-up I had on (light powder and mascara), off my face, cleansed and applied the serum. My skin instantly, I kid you not, felt cooler and healthier. It went on a little tackily and the pipette applier didn’t work, but a tiny drop went really far and I hardly used anything at all and still got full coverage.

When it dried, my skin felt lovely and smooth and oh my goodness, the smell. It smells so fresh and clean and lovely.

Just before bed I applied the “Bouncy Sleeping Mask” cream, which again, a little went a long long way and gave my skin another little “feel-good” boost of coolness. And I went to sleep.

Woke up this morning and looked in the mirror. I wasn’t expecting miracles but I wasn’t disappointed either. Whilst my skin was back to its usual oily self first thing on a morning, my pores looked small to non-existent and my skin was healthy-looking and didn’t look my usual tired and pasty. And boy was it smooth and soft.

I showered and used a face cleanser and then reapplied the serum before putting my usual light powder and mascara on. My skin looks healthy and perky and is even a different colour (a healthy colour, less like my usual Gothic or jaundiced look), not to mention the fact that the powder on my face, which is usually rubbed off by 9am due to my incessant sighing into my hands at work, is still on. Colour me impressed.

Finish this lovely skincare set with a candy cane scented hand cream and life is pretty damn good right now.

The Drops of Youth range has quite a lot of products in it so you’re spoilt for choice, but it is extremely pricey for tight-arses like myself, with most of the products being a minimum of £20. Works like a charm but puts a hole in your wallet.

Streamer Spotlight – godsendss and 50cal_gal

Started streaming – March 2018 and July 2018
gods Plays – Hunt, Darwin Project, Overwatch
50 Plays – WoW, Fortnight, DBD, Hunt
gods’ Style – Dry, rage gamer, likes duos
50 Style – Funny, down to earth, gets scared easily
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This week’s streamer spotlight falls on not one, but two of my best friends, godsendss and 50cal_gal. G is a self described “scaffolder by day, streamer by night” and began streaming at the same time as myself, around March this year. Gods primarily plays Hunt: Showdown and particularly likes his duos with epic streamer PartisanTurbine64. Gods is very dry, you might also say King of the Trolls, so you may find that his chat also enjoy trolling him by hanging out in PT64’s chat and bribing him with bits to kill Gods, his duo partner. Gods also played a lot of Darwin Project and Overwatch before Hunt took over his life. Watching him play Hunt in duos with PT64 is definitely not to be missed as the craic and dry humour is immense and always gets a laugh of everyone who stops by. He also occasionally lets his kids play Fortnite with our boi Noodle3000 so those streams are also good fun to watch.
Mrs godsendss, a.k.a 50cal_gal started streaming initially due to one of gods’ pranks-gone-wrong. Gods thought it would be really funny to let his wife play some Fortnite on one of his streams. At that point, 50 had never played a game in her life, let alone streamed so everything was totally new to her. Gods thought he might show her up and get a laugh out of everyone but it turned out that 50’s personality and general conversation got him more views than his own personal streams, gave 50 a new love for gaming and streaming and lost him his PC when she demanded he share it with her when she decided to start streaming too.
50cal_gal is a really down to Earth streamer who likes to play World of Warcraft, Dead by Daylight and recently, Hunt: Showdown. 50 gets scared pretty easily and has a tendency to scream (like a girl, but we’ll allow that since she is one) when playing DBD but this only makes for a really entertaining stream. You also wouldn’t wanna mess with 50 as she’s hardcore and practises MMA. We all know who wears the trousers in this relationship 😉
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These guys are absolutely brilliant, always a joy to hang out with and definitely worth a follow.

Omg, I’m in love with Android Pie!

The excitement in my belly when my phone alerted me to the fact that Android Pie was being dished out to the Pixel phones was unreal. I’ve been waiting a while for this latest Android instalment because I was told not only would the UI be different but that I would find I’d be using my phone less, which naturally, I love the idea of because I’m sure I’m not the only one who knows for sure that they’re glued to their phone all day every day.

At first appearances, the UI wasn’t strikingly different. The edges seemed more round, which was nice. However, when swiping between apps and screens, I found the transitions to be much smoother and more fluid and it felt and looked miles better. The recent apps screen now displays in a card format which is easy to navigate, although I’m not loving the fact that I have to scroll through alllll my recent apps to get to the “Clear All” function.

I’m currently running Android Pie on a Pixel XL and it’s fast. A noticeable difference from version 8, which froze a little and on occasion juddered its way through opening apps, version 9 is a walk in the park and actually a genuine joy to use. The notifications which pop up at the top of the phone also look better and smarter which is a nice touch and thankfully, my phone now also asks me if I want it to stop displaying notifications from some apps. I still can’t seem to get to grips with the clock now being on the opposite side of the top of the phone though… BUT, I do love that they’ve brought the instant silent mode back. No more keeping your finger on the volume down key to put your phone into vibrate or silent, you can change it again, like before, with the press of a button.

I was told that Google had worked very hard on the AI which was built into the latest firmware and so far I’ve found that (and I’m not sure whether it’s just coincidence or not) but when I mentioned at work about having to put my Google Playlist on because the radio was awful, I opened my phone and my Google Music app was ready and waiting in the shortcuts list. Aside from this, and the fact that my phone is slowly remembering which apps I tend to open at certain times of the day and which apps have messages or updates waiting for me, so show up in my shortcuts in the apps screens, I haven’t actually noticed any “AI” to speak of.
When first announced, one of Pie’s updated features was its battery saving tech. Whilst I’m not overly sure how it manages this, I have noticed that my phone has lasted ever so slightly longer than usual.
With regards to “using my phone less”, Google has introduced something called “Digital Wellbeing”. I looked all over my phone’s settings for this and it turns out that because it’s currently in Beta testing, you have to sign up for it. So I’ve signed up and checked it out. You can set timers on apps so that they lock out after a certain time and I’m not sure that this is a feature I would use, like my mum used to unplug the landline to disconnect the dial-up modem when I was younger and she wanted me to come off MSN Messenger and go to bed. I do however really like the idea of the “greyscale” mode, helping you to wind down at night.

All in all, bearing in mind I haven’t managed to test the Digital Wellbeing mode yet, I am absolutely in LOVE with this new version of Android. Best. Android. Yet.