Ted Bundy gained a reputation as one of the most notorious serial killers America if not the world has ever seen. Details of his murders can send chills up anyone’s spine. His name calls to mind his nefarious and macabre activities, tearing apart young girls. He was a wolf in a sheep’s clothing; a handsome, innocent-faced slaughterer whose charm proved lethal. The lawyer cum killer was executed by electric chair in 1989, not the kind of grisly death he subjected his victims to and many wished for him. His story has, however, refused to die with him, not when he managed to squeeze in 30 credited murders (and as much as 50) in 7 states between 1974 and 1978 and practiced necrophilia. His deeds are intriguing and worth writing about and his story has already been made into films. We explore the truth about Ted Bundy.
The Truth About Ted Bundy, One of America’s Most Notorious Serial Killers
The Truth About Ted Bundy’s Father
Named Theodore Robert Cowell, Eleanor Louise Cowell gave birth to him on November 24, 1946, at the Elizabeth Lund Home for Unwed Mothers in Burlington, Vermont. No one knows who his father is; his identity was never determined with any level of certainty. Listed on his birth certificate as his father was an Air Force veteran named Lloyd Marshall although his mother would later claim that his birth father was a sailor, Jack Worthington which was never validated. Many people believed that Eleanor may have been raped and impregnated by her abusive father, Simon Cowell.
Ted Never Got Over His Girlfriend
Following his graduation from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1965, Ted Bundy went off to college. He studied for a year at the University of Puget Sound before transferring to the University of Washington to study the Chinese language. He met and started dating a young woman known by many pseudonyms from his biographies but most commonly as Stephanie Brooks. Her real name is Diane Edwards.
Bundy dropped out of the UW in 1968 and started working minimum wage jobs. Shortly after, Brooks ended their relationship, citing his immaturity and lack of ambition. While that spurred him to want more out of life, the rejection left him devastated, and allegedly became the inspiration behind his killings even though he denied that. After the truth about Ted Bundy’s crimes came to light, many people believed that he never got over losing Brooks as there is a resemblance between her and most of his victims; white college female students between the ages of 15 to 25 with long brown hair parted in the middle.
He May Have Started Killing as a Teenager
Although no one knows the truth about Ted Bundy’s killing history in terms of when it started, some theory suggests he might have murdered his first victim when he was 14. There is some evidence that in 1961, he abducted and killed 8-year-old Ann Marie Burr of Tacoma, an allegation he denied repeatedly. He told different stories to different people and refused to divulge the specifics of his earliest crimes, even when he gave graphic details of his later murders days before his execution.
He would go on killing several women across the Pacific Northwest, Utah and Colorado, before his initial arrest in 1975, and kidnapping conviction in 1976, for failed abduction of an 18-year-old telephone operator Carol DaRonch, in Murray 2 years earlier. Despite being convicted and sentenced, he managed to escape police custody not once, but twice, while awaiting trial in Colorado. He moved to Florida, where he killed several members of a sorority and his final victim, a 12-year-old Kimberly Diane Leach, who he raped and murdered in 1978. Ted was arrested shortly after and tried.
Ted Bundy Kept Souvenirs From His Victims
The truth about Ted Bundy’s personality is that he was a very mysterious man, a man of pure evil. It is disturbing enough that he mercilessly kills his victims but to go further to keep a souvenir of them, is just heartless. More details about Bundy’s murders, beside the similarities of his victims, surfaced after his arrest and trial in Florida. One of them was that he kept souvenirs from his victims. He did not only take pictures of them, after perpetrating his crimes but also kept body parts such as the victim’s head. Explaining this, Bundy stated that when you work so hard to do something correctly, you want a souvenir of it.
Bundy’s Charming Personality Concealed His True Nature
The truth about Ted Bundy is that many people saw him as a friendly man and one of the nicest people they had ever met. He worked for Seattle’s suicide prevention hotline alongside future real-life crime story writer, Ann Rule, saved a boy from drowning in 1970, had a stint in law school in 1973, and tried his hands in politics. He had a daughter by one of his lovelorn fans and eventual wife, Carole Ann Boone. According to Stephen Michaud, one of his interrogators, he leaves an indelible mark on everything he touches that you don’t just walk away from it.
He used his charismatic and charming personality to lure his victims. When details started to emerge about his murders, people became shocked to know the truth about Ted Bundy. Many who knew him said they never imagined he would become capable of such crimes. Rule would later write one of his biographies, The Stranger Beside Me. On February 10, 1980, he was sentenced to death by electrocution, a sentence that would be ultimately executed on January 24, 1989.