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In decadent Aspen, Bundy’s escape was the source of great goofing : Local entrepreneurs hawked T-shirts declaring that “Ted Bundy is a One-Night Stand”; a bartender invented the Bundy Cocktail, made of rum, tequila, and two Mexican jumping beans. A local restaurant put Bundy Burgers on the menu : The bread was there but the meat was gone. Hitchhikers held signs that said I AM NOT BUNDY.

By the time Bundy was recaptured a week later he was a celebrity. And when, six months later, he escaped again by crawling through the light fixture in his jail cell, he became a regular John Dillinger. No jail could hold him. 

“Crime and punishment. Dostoievski. These words grazed over a corner of my mind, startling me. Just supposing Dostoievski ranged ‘crime’ and ‘punishment’ side by side not as synonyms but as antonyms. Crime and punishment – absolutely incompatible ideas, irreconcilable as oil and water. I felt I was beginning to understand what lay at the bottom of the scum-covered, turbid pond, that chaos of Dostoievski’s mind– no, I still didn’t quite see… Such thoughts were flashing through my head like a revolving lantern…”

– Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

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— “Conflict. As the world tethered on the brink of anarchy a new hope arose. An elite international taskforce, charged with ending the war and restoring liberty to all nations. Overwatch. Soldiers. Scientists. Adventurers. Oddities. Guardians who secured global peace for a generation. Under its steadfast protection the world recovered. And today, though its watch has ended, its sowing ideals of freedom and equality will never be forgotten.”