Ted Bundy By Kay and Hannah “ The poster boy of serial killers.”
Ted Bundy was born November 24 th 1946
He was executed by the state of Florida on January 24 th 1989
He was an American serial killer active between 1973 and 1978
"More than ever, I am convinced of my own innocence."
He was born in Burlington, Vermont to Eleanor Louise Cowell. His father is unknown and because he was born illegitimately his mother pretended that his grandparents were his parents and she was his sister.
He discovered the truth when he was about 14
His mother married Johnny Bundy in 1951 in Tacoma, WA and had 5 more children. Ted adopted his stepfathers name.
He was a good student and claimed to be involved in the Methodist Church and the Boy Scouts of America
He suffered from acute shyness and had few friends in high school
Shocking incidents even at a young age. His Aunt Julia woke to find herself surrounded by knives from the Cowell kitchen. Three-year-old Ted was standing by the bed, smiling at her
He graduated in 1972 with a degree in psychology
He was thrown into a great depression after his first girlfriend dumped him
He was also an active member of the Republican party.
"So what's one less? What's one less person on the face of the planet?"
Details of Crimes
Number of victims is unknown – estimated about 30
All victims were white females with the similar characteristic of long hair parted in the middle
He abducted girls from public places in daylight, pretending to be an authority figure, feigning injury or using ‘good looks’ and charm to reel in victims
He was charged for burglary and kidnapping before receiving two death sentences for the murder of sorority girls in Florida 1979
He received a third death sentence in 1980 for murdering, raping and dumping the body of Kimberly Leach (aged 12). His attorney pleaded insanity.
“ I led a normal life, except for this one, small but very potent and destructive segment that I kept very secret and close to myself.”
Time in Jail
Ted Bundy became infamous during his trials as he defended himself and was loved by the media
He fathered a child by sending his sperm to Carol Boone in 1980
He escaped for the first time in June 1977 by jumping out of a court room window but was recaptured after a week
He then escaped by acquiring a hacksaw and sawing through the weld holding a metal plate on the ceiling of his cell/ He dieted to lose weight and slipped through.
“ Until you reach a point where the pornography only goes so far, you reach that jumping off point where you begin to wonder if maybe actually doing it would give that which is beyond just reading it or looking at it."
Possible Reasons for Crimes
His childhood confusion about is mother and father’s whereabouts
His addiction to pornography
He was diagnosed as a manic depressive
His grandfather was a tyrannical bully
Lack of male role models
He was also addicted to the worst forms of necrophillia
Part 1 of an A&E documentary on Ted Bundy
The last interview Bundy gave hours before his execution