He was known as a serial murderer, rapist, psychopath, and necrophiliac. Bundy confessed to kidnapping, raping, and murdering 30 women throughout six states (Washington, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, and Florida) during the 1970s. Theodore Robert Bundy was born on November 24th, 1946 in Burlington, Vermont. He was one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. Although, the actual count of the people he murdered remains a mystery to this day. After more than decades of denial, he confessed to 30 homicides that he had committed right before he was executed in Raiford, Florida on January 24th, 1989 using an electric chair.
His mother (Eleanor Louise Cowell) was shamed upon as he was the illegitimate birth that humiliated her deeply religious parents. To hide the fact that he was an illegitimate birth, Bundy was raised as an adopted son of his grandparents. He was told that his mother was his sister. Bundy grew up in content, working-class family. However, his childhood can be explained as troubled and disturbing. He showed unusual interest in the gruesome at an early age. Around the age of 3, he was already fascinated by knives and other dangerous weapons. His violent acts affected everyone from cats, dogs to employees to even family members. He was shy but a bright child at school but did not go well with his peers. By his teens, he would start peeping in windows. Then he got himself into shoplifting and petty crimes. I believe that Bundy did not choose to become a serial killer. He started out as a normal child, a lonely child who found enjoyment in fantasy. Psychopaths are not born but are created.
Washington January 1974: Karen Sparks, Bundy’s first victim. The first of Bundy’s victims are believed to be 18-year-old Karen Sparks. She was a student at the University of Washington. Sparks was attacked in her sleep on January 4th, 1974 by Ted Bundy. Bundy achieved this by sneaking into her basement bedroom and proceeded to beat her with a metal rod from her bed frame. She was one of the lucky ones that survived Bundy’s harsh attacks. She spent ten days in a coma and suffered from permanent brain damage. Karen Sparks woke up with no memory of the brutal beating.
Washington February 1974: Lynda Ann Healey, Bundy’s first documented murder. Lynda Ann Healey was the first victim who died from Ted Bundy. Aged 21, Healey was a popular student at the University of Washington and gave weather and ski reports at the local radio station. Lynda was loved by her peers. Police found blood on Healey’s bed sheets and pillow, not enough to indicate that she had bled to death and no indication of where she could have gone. Her colleagues found her disappearance extremely suspicious. Three days after her abduction, according to ‘The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule,’ a male voice called 911: “Listen. And listen carefully. The person who attacked that girl on the eighth of last month and the person who took Lynda Healey away is one of the same. He was outside both houses. He was seen.” Police never got a caller’s name. Fourteen months after her disappearance, her skull and jawbones were found on Taylor Mountains.
Florida February 1978: Kimberly Leach, Bundy’s Last murder. After 23 documented murders Ted Bundy killed one last time. Bundy broke his murder pattern, in which he would engage in sexual intercourse after he murdered the victim. Murdering 12-year-old Kimberly Leach. Bundy kidnapped Leach around her school in Lake City, Florida on February 9th, 1978. “It was a raining, drizzly, very dreary day,” said childhood friend and classmate Lisa Little. “I went to our designated spot to meet up to go to our class together and she wasn’t there”. Police found no evidence of Leach anywhere. Two months later, her body was found 35 miles away in the Suwannee River. She had been assaulted and murdered and then placed in a little shed in a wooded area. However, no sexual conduct was performed by Ted Bundy.
Ted Bundy went on trial in Florida on June 25th, 1979. He was trailed for the murders of the sorority women of Florida. The trial was televised, this made Bundy feel important and less lonely. Occasionally, acting as his own attorney. Shortly after, he was found guilty on both murder charges and given two death sentences, the execution of an electric chair. Execution in Florida is a capital punishment that is a legal penalty.
From Ted Bundy’s mistakes, we can learn that psychopaths are not created but shaped after many events that happen in the person’s childhood. Bundy became whatever he thought he needed to be. He convinced and deceived many people. His ability to lead such a normal life outside of his different extracurricular activities is just one of the examples of how serial killers can easily blend in with the rest of society. Bundy went on to go to university, Bundy was normal, Bundy was successful, but nobody knew that he had dark secrets.