Cold War turns hot after a dispute between President Bundy and Premier Chikatilo?I've long had an idea for a kind of True Crime themed timeline. Taking famous figures from cults, serial killers, and organized crime figures and maximizing their influence and power. Ted Bundy running in a presidential election from Utah against John Wayne Gacy. Aum Shinrikyo linking up with the Knights of the Solar Temple to launch a global terror spree. The Five Families coming to control state governments across the country.
The stumbling block for me has always been that most of these guys just didn't have it at all. Ted Bundy was a smart, charismatic guy, but hadn't an ounce of hard worker in him. Gacey was never going to rise beyond "local hack politician". The Knights of the Solar Temple were too drug addled and sex-addicted to think of the long game. Water found its level in their grimy lives, and I feel like pushing it too hard would play into the myth of the hypercompetent criminal, a la American Psycho.