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Killer instinct? This could be why people are fascinated with notorious crimes

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By RENEE SANTOS, KSNV

LAS VEGAS (CIRCA via KSNV) — Serial killer Ted Bundy’s heinous crimes are back in the headlines with a documentary and a movie.

Now, there's a Las Vegas connection to all the attention.

Just purchased, his glasses are now at Zak Bagan's The Haunted Museum.

Stephen Benning, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, explains the grim fascination around the serial killer.

He says for some people, the idea of trying to figure out Bundy becomes like a psychological puzzle.

"They are also far removed from actual danger, so it’s a fascination rather than a fear," he said. "People choose to look at these true crimes, and especially serial murder kind of stories, because they may think that they can figure out how to avoid it in the future."

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Benning also says some people are just generally interested because of the shock factor.

He adds that some feel less threatened, which can lead to the morbid curiosity.

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