One of the most notorious criminals of the 20th century, Ted Bundy was a 1970s serial killer, rapist and necrophiliac. In 1989, he was executed in Florida’s “Old Sparky” electric chair.
Name: Theodore Robert Bundy
Known As: Ted Bundy
Infamous As: The Lady Killer
Date of Birth: 24th Nov. 1946
Date of Death: 24th Jan. 1989
Place of Birth: Burlington, Vermont, USA
Cause of Death: Electrocution
Span of Crimes: 1974-1978
The Story Of Ted Bundy In Brief:
Theodore Robert Bundy, shortened in Ted Bundy, was an American serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. After more than a decade of denials, before his execution in 1989, he confessed to 30 homicides that he committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. The true number of victims is unknown and possibly higher.
Bundy was regarded as handsome and charismatic, traits that he exploited to win the trust of victims and society. He would typically approach his victims in public places, feigning injury or disability, or impersonating an authority figure, before knocking them unconscious and taking them to secluded locations to rape and strangle them. He sometimes revisited his secondary crime scenes, grooming and performing sexual acts with the decomposing corpses until putrefaction and destruction by wild animals made any further interactions impossible. He decapitated at least 12 victims and kept some of the severed heads as mementos in his apartment. On a few occasions, he broke into dwellings at night and bludgeoned his victims as they slept.
On August 16, 1975, Bundy was arrested by Utah Highway Patrol officer Bob Hayward in Granger ― a Salt Lake City suburb. Hayward had observed Bundy cruising a residential area in the pre-dawn hours. Bundy fled the area at high speed after seeing the patrol car. The officer searched the car after he noticed that the Volkswagen’s front passenger seat had been removed and placed on the rear seats. He found a ski mask, a second mask fashioned from pantyhose, a crowbar, handcuffs, trash bags, a coil of rope, an ice pick, and other items initially assumed to be burglary tools. Bundy explained that the ski mask was for skiing, he had found the handcuffs in a dumpster, and the rest were common household items.
However, Detective Jerry Thompson remembered a similar suspect and car description from the November 1974 DaRonch kidnapping, which matched Bundy’s name from his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer’s December 1974 phone call. On the afternoon of November 8, 1974, Carol DaRonch, then still a teen, very nearly became one of Bundy’s many victims when the seasoned killer attempted to abduct her from a local shopping mall. Luckily for DaRonch, she instead became one of the few people to have ever escaped with their lives after getting caught in Bundy’s crosshairs.
In a search of Bundy’s apartment, police found a guide to Colorado ski resorts with a checkmark by the Wildwood Inn and a brochure that advertised the Viewmont High School play in Bountiful, where Debra Kent had disappeared. The police did not have sufficient evidence to detain Bundy, and he was released on his own recognizance. Bundy later said that searchers missed a hidden collection of Polaroid photographs of his victims, which he destroyed after he was released.
Ted Bundy then became a suspect in a progressively longer list of unsolved homicides in several states. Facing murder charges in Colorado, he engineered two dramatic escapes and committed further assaults in Florida, including three murders, before his ultimate recapture in 1978. For the Florida homicides, he received three death sentences in two separate trials. Bundy was executed in the electric chair at Florida State Prison in Raiford, Florida on January 24, 1989.
Interesting Facts About Ted Bundy:
Julia Cowell once woke to find an assortment of kitchen knives laid out around her. Allegedly, they were put there by her 3-year-old nephew, Ted Bundy, who was standing at the foot of her bed, staring at her.
The Blondie singer, Debbie Harry claims she escaped the clutches of serial killer Ted Bundy when she hitched a lift from a stranger in the early 1970s.
Ted Bundy was once genuinely in love with Elizabeth Kloepfer, a woman with long dark hair parted down the middle. She rejected him and he went on to kill over 30 known women, most of whom had long dark hair, parted down the middle.
Ted Bundy returned to the sites that he had dumped bodies to have sex with his victims. He would return until the bodies were too decomposed.
Ted Bundy once caught a thief by chasing him down the street after seeing him steal a woman’s purse.
Ted Bundy attended Carol Bartholomew’s birthday in March 1975, and he even posed for a snapshot with her as he helped with the dishes after the birthday party was over. Bartholomew described Bundy as a handsome and polite guy, saying “I told my parents I was disappointed he didn’t ask me out because I thought he would be a fun date.”
As a part of his psychology studies at the University of Washington, Ted Bundy volunteered at the suicide prevention hotline. Perversely enough, Bundy was also a member of a crime prevention task force for the state of Washington, where he authored a pamphlet instructing women on rape prevention.
Ted Bundy helped catch the Green River Killer by giving detectives insight into the mind of a serial killer.
Ted Bundy escaped from prison twice by jumping out of a window at the court house and by losing weight to escape by an unsecured grate in his cell.
Ted Bundy’s unique teeth were ultimately used as evidence to convict Bundy after he bit one of his victims. He could have got away with 30+ counts of murder, but fortunately, he bit his last victim and was caught.
Quotes Of Ted Bundy:
“I mean there’s so much more to me than this guy that goes around doin’ those crazy things… So much more.”
“We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow.”
“I’m the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet.”
“Sure, I get angry. I get very, very angry and indignant. I don’t like being locked up for something didn’t do, and I don’t like my liberty taken away, and I don’t like being treated like an animal, and I don’t like people walking around and ogling me like I’m some sort of weirdo, because I’m not.”
“I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”