If you’re a sucker for crime flicks, you’ve probably already devoured two of the most talked about shows on Netflix as of late — YOU, which originally aired on Lifetime, and Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, a Netflix original. Of course, the gruesome plots of both these shows are part of the appeal for true crime lovers.
Ted Bundy attacked and murdered 30 different young women across seven different states in the early 1970s. Many believe he went undetected for several years because of his charismatic personality and good looks. Similarly, Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) in You is a creep and a murderer, but that hasn’t stopped fans from thirsting after him.
A small detail from the show has led viewers to come up with the theory that Joe Goldberg might have been based on Ted Bundy. Reddit user KristaMarie95 said: “I was watching the new Ted Bundy documentary on Netflix and something really stuck out to me. Apparently, Carol Boone, his advocate, and wife called Ted “Bunny. This reminded me of all the times we hear Candace call Joe “bunny” in the show. This could be a coincidence but I thought it was an interesting connection.”
It seems KristaMarie95 isn’t alone, as the majority of responses were in agreement. One read: “Joe gave me Bundy vibes as soon I started watching the show. An iconic car, messy brown hair, good looking, charming, intelligent. Maybe they purposely painted him that way, took inspo.”
A viewer also spotted the ‘bunny’ detail and suggested there might be twist coming up in You. ‘I also watched the Ted Bundy tapes and seen that! But she was obsessed with him and didn’t believe he would do anything evil and even testified in his defence? Wonder if Candace will come back and try save him?!’ they offered.
‘It’s just a term of endearment like baby. That’s all,’ an unconvinced fan added.
Netflix recently urged viewers not to romanticise Bundy, after people took to social media to share their odd fancying of the killer.
Both You and Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes are streaming on Netflix now.