‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’: How Ted Bundy Once Tried to Kill His Girlfriend, Liz Kloepfer

The new Ted Bundy biopic, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron and Lily Collins it out today on Netflix. Told through the eyes of his long-time girlfriend, Liz Kloepfer (Collins), who struggled to believe his heinous crimes, the film offers a unique perspective on Ted Bundy’s (Efron) life and monstrous killings.

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Zac Efron and Lily Collins
Zac Efron and Lily Collins as Ted Bundy and Liz Kloepfer. | Zac Efron via Instagram

Zac Efron’s version of Ted Bundy is dangerously charming with a creepy undertone, much like the real-life serial killer himself. During Bundy’s 1979 Florida murder trial, women from all over flooded the courtroom, waiting for gallery seats inside. Some spoke out to media, and even called the then suspected killer “dreamy.” It was Bundy’s charm and master manipulation of trust that lured women to him, and Efron portrayed his demeanor effortlessly.

Although the film has received some clap back for “romanticizing” Ted Bundy, it stays in line with how many (at the time) viewed him, including his long-time girlfriend, Liz Kloepfer, who wrote a memoir on her life with the criminal responsible for the deaths of at least 30 women in the 1970s. Kloepfer’s book, The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy inspired the film’s screenplay, showcasing just how wild it was to be in the presence of Ted Bundy, let alone share a life with him.

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Up ahead, find some of the most shocking details of their relationship, including the time Ted Bundy tried to murder Liz Kloepfer.

Liz Kloepfer tried to turn Ted Bundy in

Despite her disbelief of Ted Bundy’s crimes, Liz Kloepfer was actually the first one to tip him off to the police. Early in the investigation, police looked for a man that matched Bundy’s name and car. With these clues — and the fact that he was typically not available during the time of the murders — Kloepfer put two and two together and called the police, detailing the bizarre items she found in his car (bandages, women’s underwear, and a knife). Unfortunately, her evidence wasn’t enough to secure Ted on the suspect list at the time.

They continued their relationship after Kloepfer’s findings

After connecting the dots and calling the police, Liz Kloepfer continued dating her serial killer boyfriend, unaware of what he was really capable of. However, the couple’s sex life allegedly grew disturbing, and Kloepfer noticed a shift in his daily actions, too.

Ted Bundy tried to kill Liz Kloepfer

One of the more chilling moments of their relationship is the time Ted Bundy tried to kill his long-time girlfriend. The murderer called Kloepfer from his jail cell in Florida and told her about it, too. According to reports, Bundy messed with the fireplace and covered the crack of a door with a towel, filling the house with smoke. Kloepfer later wrote that she remembered the night and had opened a window after struggling to breathe.

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