An introduction to Ted Bundy – the very definition of heartless evil

Theodore Robert Bundy born Theodore Robert Cowell in November 24, 1949. He 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. The day before his execution in 1989 he confessed to 30 homicides. That he committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. The true number of Ted bundy’s victims is unknown, and possibly higher.

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An introduction to Ted Bundy

Bundy was regarded as handsome and charismatic. Traits that he may have 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 overpowering, raping and killing them in secluded locations.

Rare mug shot of Ted bundy
Rare mug shot of Ted bundy

He sometimes revisited his crime scenes. grooming and performing sexual acts with the decomposing corpses, until decomposition and destruction by wild animals made any further interactions impossible. He decapitated at least 12 victims and kept some of the severed heads as momentous in his apartment. On a few occasions, he broke into homes at night and bludgeoned his victims as they slept.

In 1975, Bundy was jailed for the first time. When he was incarcerated in Utah for aggravated kidnapping and attempted criminal assault. He then became a suspect in a progressively longer list of unsolved homicides in several states.

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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. 

“a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human’s pain and the control he had over his victims. To the point of death, and even after.”

Biographer, Anne Rule on Ted bundy

“the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet.”

Ted Bundy on himself

“the very definition of heartless evil.”

Bundys defence Attorney, Polly Nelson

Before his execution he confessed to 30 murders

An introduction to Ted Bundy - the very definition of heartless evil
Ted Bundy at court

The night before his execution, Bundy confessed to 30 homicides. But the true total remains unknown. Published estimates have run as high as 100 or more. Bundy also, occasionally made cryptic comments to encourage that speculation.

He told Hugh Aynesworth in 1980 that for every murder “publicized”, there “could be one that was not.” When FBI agents proposed a total tally of 36, Bundy responded, “Add one digit to that, and you’ll have it.”

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Years later he told attorney Polly Nelson that the common estimate of 35 was accurate. But Robert Keppel wrote that ” Ted and I both knew the total was much higher.”

“I don’t think even he knew how many he killed. Or why he killed them”, said Rev. Fred Lawrence, the Methodist clergyman who administered Bundy’s last rites. “That was my impression, my strong impression.”

On the evening before his execution, Bundy reviewed his victim tally with Bill Hagmaier on a state-by-state basis. With a total of 30 homicides. 

  • Washington, 11 (including Parks, abducted in Oregon but killed in Washington; and including 3 unidentified)
  • Utah, 8 (3 unidentified)
  • Colorado, 3
  • Florida, 3
  • Oregon, 2 (both unidentified)
  • Idaho, 2 (1 unidentified)
  • California, 1 (unidentified)

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