Ted Bundy

Demographic Info

AKAVictimsSexEthnicityCountryTypeMotivationBirthDeath
Kenneth Misner, Chris Hagen, Richard Burton, Officer Roseland, Rolf Miller26-35+MaleCaucasianUSANomadicSexual, Sadistic1946/24/11 (Burlington, Vermont, USA)1989/12/24 (Bradford County, Florida, USA; Electric chair)

Bibliography

TitleAuthorSources
Bundy Murders, TheKevin M. SullivanAmazon, Kindle eBook
Defending the Devil: My Story As Ted Bundy's Last LawyerPolly NelsonAmazon
Only Living Witness, The: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted BundyStephen G. Michaud and Hugh AynesworthAmazon, Kindle eBook
Stranger Beside Me, TheAnn RuleAmazon
Ted Bundy : Conversations with a KillerStephen G. Michaud and Hugh AynesworthAmazon, Kindle eBook
Terrible Secrets: Ted Bundy on Serial MurderRobert D. Keppel and Stephen G. MichaudKindle eBook

Videography

TitleSources
Biography: Ted BundyAmazon (DVD)
Deliberate Stranger, TheAmazon (DVD)
Deranged: Ted Bundy (Episode 02)
Most Evil: Cold-Blooded Killers (Episode 1x02)
Most Evil: Masterminds (Episode 2x08)
Most Evil: Science of Murder (Episode 1x07)
Ted BundyAmazon (DVD), Amazon (Video on Demand)
Twisted: Ted Bundy (Episode 2x01)

Theodore Bundy

Ted Bundy was born on November 24, 1946, in Burlington, Vermont. He was the first child born into his family and later had 4 step siblings. At the age of 3, Bundy was caught standing beside his aunt’s bed grinning after he had put knives in her bed. It is believed that as a young teenager he stole from homes, but no charges were ever pressed. Bundy achieved high grades throughout all of his schooling. Bundy attended many different universities until he graduated from University of Washington in 1979. While Bundy attended this school he was in a one year relationship with Stephanie Brooks, it is believed by many that Bundy targeted many of his victims based off of her body type, though he denied this.

Bundy began seeing Stephanie again in 1974, but then abruptly stopping dating her. Prior to his murder series Bundy broke into bedrooms and sexually assaulted many women. It is in 1974 that it is believed Bundy began his murder series. Since Bundy told many stories to different people, his murder series could have began as early as 1969. All of his victims were females between the ages of 12 and later 20s. Many of the victims were university students and in 1974 female students in the area were disappearing at a rate of one person a month. Bundy’s victims were Caucasian, with brown hair and they were all raped both before and after their deaths. Each of the women had their clothing removed so that it could be burned or donated, which Bundy did to minimize evidence. The women were usually beaten unconscious and then taken to a secondary crime scene where they were strangled or beaten to death. Bundy would often revisit the secondary crime scene to commit acts of necrophilia. He took many photos of his victims, to remember the crime scene and what he had done. During each of his murders, Bundy believed that being extremely drunk was the way to let his inhibitions out. The remains of his victims were spread over very large areas of land, making it hard for investigators to know that there was only one killer. During his murder series, Bundy would use a number of ploys and costumes to lure in his victims. He would sometimes use a fake cast and ask for help or even impersonated police officers and firefighters. Women would help Bundy carry things to his car and would then be beaten unconscious. The victims would usually have a totem taken from them so that Bundy could remember the event. In some cases, Bundy would decapitate the victims and keep their heads for a period of time.

Investigators believe that Bundy used his knowledge of law enforcement to escape being caught. His intentional widespread disposal of the remains made it difficult for the police to know there was only one killer for the 20 plus victims. He murdered his victims using silent methods, beating them or strangling them, so that no person would know that a murder was taking place. Bundy did not leave fingerprints at any of the crime scenes, which showed just how carefully he planned his attacks. Bundy’s features were also thought to be average, which allowed him to blend in with everyone else. He was often described to be like chameleon and was able to change his appearance in each picture.

In August of 1975, Bundy was arrested when he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. The officer saw that the passenger seat was missing from Bundy’s car and he also saw a ski mask, a crowbar, handcuffs, trash bags and other items. Although Bundy tried to explain the items, the officer placed him under 24-hour surveillance. Hairs were found in his old Volkswagen Beetle that matched a victim. He was also picked out of a lineup by a survivor as “Officer Roseland”. He as charged with aggravated kidnapping and attempted criminal assault, but was freed on $15,000 bail by his parents. In February of 1976, Bundy was found guilty of kidnapping and assault, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was then charged with Caryn Campbell’s murder.

On June 7, 1977 he was transported to Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen from Glenwood Springs. He was serving as his own attorney and requested to visit the law library to do research. He then escaped through a window and sprained his ankle. He was not caught until 6 days later. On December 30, 1977, Bundy broke out of prison in Glenwood Springs by sawing a hole in the corner of his cell. Bundy fled to Florida without being discovered. It was during this time that he broke into FSU’s Chi Omega sorority, beat 4 women unconscious and sexually assaulted them all within 15 minutes. He then went into another apartment and attacked another woman. On February 12, 1978 Bundy was arrested after an officer pulled him over and he attempted to flee on foot. During his time in prison, Bundy believed that he was an expert on serial killers and would often give his suggestions and advise on how to catch serial killers to the police.

On July 24, 1979 Bundy was found guilty of two murders, three counts of attempted first degree murder and two counts of burglary. He was sentenced to death for the murder convictions. Six months later he was found guilty for another murder and sentenced to death. It was during this time that Bundy married Carole Ann Boone after he discovered a Florida law that stated a marriage declaration in court would count as a legal marriage. She later gave birth to a daughter. He was executed on January 24, 1989. Before his execution Bundy confessed to 30 murders throughout 7 states. So far, 36 murders have been connected to Bundy, but there is no way to know the actual number of people he murdered.

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Three More Bodies Found on Gilgo Beach

on April 4th, 2011 in Unsubs by | No Comments

Searchers found three more sets of human remains on Gilgo Beach Monday. That brings the total to eight (so far). The search was being continued in hopes of finding the remains of Shannan Gilbert, an escort that has been missing since May. Investigators were unable to immediately confirm the identity…

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Episode 021: Questions & Answers I

on March 18th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes by | 3 Comments

This week we have our first Questions and Answers episode. The questions asked and answered are: Who’s your favorite serial killer? What serial killers do you find least interesting, and why? What type of serial killer scares you? Do you think serial killers are created by nature or nurture? Have…

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Episode 016: ViCAP

on February 11th, 2011 in Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Unsubs, Victimology by | No Comments

The Violent Criminal Apprehension Program is a unit of the United States FBI responsible for the analysis of serial violent and sexual crimes. It is located within the Critical Incident Response Group’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. At its core, ViCAP is a database where records of…

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Episode 011: Nature versus Nurture – The Making of a Serial Killer

on January 7th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 3 Comments

In this week’s episode, we look at what causes someone to become a serial killer. We’ll be mostly discussing psychopathic sexual murder, rather than psychotic murder. Psychopathy, also known as sociopathy or antisocial personality disorder, is a behavioral disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with abnormal immoral…

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Joel Rifkin Unimpressed by Long Island Serial Killer

on December 16th, 2010 in Serial Killers, Unsubs by | No Comments

The New York Daily News reports that Joel Rifkin is dismissive of the sloppy tactics of the Long Island serial killer. Specifically, he says the the unsub should never have left all the bodies in a single place. I dumped them hundreds of miles apart. he proudly declared. Using “clusters”…

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Was Blondie’s Debbie Harry almost a victim of Ted Bundy?

on December 9th, 2010 in Pop Culture, Serial Killers by | No Comments

In a recent interview, 70’s rocker girl Debbie Harry tells and interesting story. She claims that in the early 70’s, she was almost killed by Ted Bundy. It was in the early 70s and I was trying to get across town at two or three o’clock in the morning. This…

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Episode 005: Power/Control, Hedonistic, Mission-Oriented, Visionary

on November 26th, 2010 in Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Ronald M. Holmes and James Deburger developed a system for categorizing serial murderers in 1998. Stephan T. Holmes joined them in developing later versions. The system is now referred to as the Holmes Typology. It was based upon the analysis of case material and interviews from 110 serial murders. Their…

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Episode 003: Organized, Disorganized and Mixed Serial Killers

on November 12th, 2010 in Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes by | No Comments

The organized/disorganized dichotomy was developed by agents of the FBI training academy at Quantico. The typology is a system of crime scene analysis that attempts to predict an unsub’s characteristics based upon the specifics of the crime. It is based upon a series of interviews with 36 incarcerated offenders, 25…

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Victims of Ted Bundy

on July 13th, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | 19 Comments

Ted Bundy was found guilty of committing three murders, but seventeen victims have been confirmed. In total, Bundy confessed to thirty murders. We currently have information on all of his known victims, seventeen of his confirmed victims and fourteen of his suspected victims. Lynda Ann Healy Lynda, age 21, was…

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