• Zac Efron to play serial killer Ted Bundy in upcoming biopic

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

    Updated:

    Zac Efron has signed on to star as Ted Bundy in a biopic about the serial killer.

    The Hollywood Reporter and Variety report Efron will play Bundy in "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile."

    The movie will center on Bundy's relationship with his girlfriend. The reports say the project is set to start shooting Oct. 9. The movie will be directed by Joe Berlinger, who is best known for the "Paradise Lost" series of documentaries.

    Bundy confessed to killing more than two dozen women and was executed in Florida in 1989.

    The killer made headlines recently because unexplainable things were reported at his childhood home. 

    >> Related: Eerie things going on at serial killer's childhood home in Tacoma

    So many things, in fact, that a contractor hired to remodel the home penciled Bible scriptures on the walls and brought in two pastors to bless the house.

    It all started in September, when David Truong bought the 1,400-square-foot home with plans to redo and flip it.

    He didn’t research its history, so he didn’t know the local lore or who had lived there.

    The little blue house was built in 1946, the same year Bundy was born in Vermont. The Bundy family moved into the home in 1955, records show.

    Louise Bundy was no longer living there in 1989, when her 42-year-old son was executed in Florida after being convicted of killing two sorority sisters and a 12-year-old girl.

    Bundy insisted he grew up in “a wonderful home with two dedicated and loving parents.”

    Louise Bundy was a staunch defender of her eldest son and long insisted he was innocent. Her stance softened after he made several death-row confessions.

    >> PHOTOS: See Ted Bundy's mug shots, former residences, victims, and other images

    In his final interview with a psychologist just before he was executed, Bundy said his family regularly attended church and believed his violence stemmed from an obsession with pornography that fueled dark fantasies.

    Some believe Bundy started killing when he was 14, and that Ann Marie Burr, an 8-year-old girl abducted from her North End home in August 1961, was his first victim.

    Bundy denied it in a letter to the girl’s mother, written after he was imprisoned in Florida and named as a suspect in Ann Marie’s disappearance.

    Louise Bundy said back then she was sure he didn’t commit any crimes while living under her roof. And DNA testing done in 2011 was unable to link Bundy to the missing girl.

    Related >> Crime writer Ann Rule reads letters from Ted Bundy before his execution

    He is, however, still listed as a suspect in the case because detectives could not clear him.

    Despite Bundy being one of the most notorious serial killers, there is no evidence he committed any crimes in his childhood home.

    That doesn’t stop some neighbors, and now the contractors, from believing there’s something spooky about the house. Read the full story here.

    The Associated Press and Tacoma News Tribune contributed to this story.

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