Ted Bundy (Theodore Robert Bundy) was born on November 24, 1946, in Burlington, Vermont and died at the age of 42 on January 24, 1989, in Bradford, Florida by electrocution.
Bundy was a serial killer who was convicted of murder and aggravated kidnapping about 30-36 victims or more. He is also known as Chris Hagen, Kenneth Misner, Richard Burtin, Officer Roseland and Rolf Miller. He committed his crimes in Washington, Utah, Florida, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, and California. He was apprehended twice and escaped once from prison after serving two years.
Ted Bundy"s birth name is Theodore Robert Cowell. He was born in a home for unwed mothers called Elizabeth Lund Home For Unwed Mothers, which is now known as the Lund Family Center. He was born on November 24, 1946, in Burlington, Vermont to Eleanor Louise Cowell. Bundys" father is believed to be a salesman and Air Force veteran named Lloyd Marshall, but paternity tests proved he is not the father. Family members suspect that Bundy"s dad might have been his mother"s abusive father, Samuel Cowell, who molested her, but there was no evidence. Bundy lived with his maternal grandparents until the age of three years old in Philadelphia. He lived with his grandparents Eleanor and Samuel as their son so that the family wouldn"t be an outcast in society for having an illegitimate child in their home. Ted grew up believing that his mother was his older sister, and his grandparents were his parents. Bundy later found out that his elder sister was his mother after his cousin called him a "bastard" and showed him his birth certificate.
Bundy told two different stories about his grandfather Samuel Cowell. One story was that he was a respected and loving grandfather. The other story was that he was a racist who hated blacks, Italians, Catholics and Jewish people. He also told of how his grandfather would beat his grandmother and the family"s dog and also how he would take cats by their tails and swing them. Bundy also said that his grandfather also threw his aunt down a flight of stairs for oversleeping. Bundy said his grandmother was intensely shy and did everything her husband told her to do. She was extremely depressed and went to electroconvulsive therapy. Julia, who is Bundy"s aunt, once recalled waking up in bed with knives from the kitchen surrounding her and Bundy standing over her smiling at the age of three.
Bundy moved to Tacoma, Washington at the age of 4 with his mother, Louise. His mother changed her last named to Nelson and removed her first name entirely so her name will be Louise Nelson. Louise and her son lived with her cousin Alan and Jane Scott in Tacoma. In 1951, Louise was at an adult"s single night at Tacoma"s First Methodist Church, and there she met Johnny Culpepper Bundy. She and Johnny got married later on in that year, and Johnny adopted Ted and gave him his last name Bundy. Ted Bundy kept himself distant from his stepfather after his mother and stepfather conceived four children of their own. Bundy went to Woodrow Wilson High School where classmates said Bundy was well liked and well known. Bundy disagrees, said that he did not know how to make friends and chose to be alone in his adolescence years. Bundy was arrested twice in during his high school years, but his record was expunged at the age of 18 which is the law in Washington.
Bundy graduated high school and went to University of Puget Sound (UPS) in 1965 and continued to excel in his classes. He then transferred to the University of Washington in 1966 to study Chinese and escape his wealthy peers at UPS. Bundy did not date much and kept to himself most of the time. He was still timid in his college years and appeared awkward. In 1967, Bundy met his girlfriend, Stephanie Brooks. Bundy dropped out of college a year later and worked at many minimum paying jobs. Brook broke up with Bundy in late 1968 because she said he was immature and had little ambition. During Bundy"s relationship with Brook, he volunteered at the Nelson"s Rockefellers presidential campaign in the Seattle office and also went to the Republican National Convention in Miami. Bundy was devastated with Brook leaving him and going back to her parents in California. He then started to travel east to various families home and went to school for one semester at Temple University. Bundy found out his real identity and parents when his went to the office of birth records in Burlington in 1969.
Bundy met Elizabeth Kloepfer in 1969 and started to date her. She worked at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine. Bundy re-enrolled to the University and was highly praised by his professors for his honor roll status. He graduated in 1972 and joined the reelection campaign for Governor Daniel J. Evans. Bundy worked for Evan as a spy who acted as a college student that followed Evan"s opponent Albert Rosellini. Bundy recorded all of Rosellini"s speeches and gave them to Evan to review. Evan got reelected and the Chairman of Washington State Republic Party, Ross Davis. Bundy scored low on the 1973 Law School Admission Test but got accepted into the school because of the raving recommendations from Evan, Davis and most of his University of Washington psychology professors. Bundy went to California on a Republican Business trip in 1973 and met his ex-girlfriend, Brook. He dated her again and led a double life by having two girlfriends who were unaware of each other at the same time. Brooks and Bundy discussed marriage, but Bundy abruptly ended all contact with Brooks in January of 1974. Bundy soon started not to attend classes as young women began to disappear from Oregon and the campus area around Washington.t area and soon Bundy stopped going to all his classes entirely.
It is not proven when Bundy first started killing, but speculation believed that he started murdering people at age 14. Bundy told many different versions of when he first started killing, and there is no evidence before 1974 at age 27. Bundy attacked Karen Sparks the midnight after he ended his relationship with Brook by entering Karen"s basement. Bundy bludgeoned Karen with a metal rod from her bed frame and then sexually assaulted her with a speculum. Karen suffered brain damage and remained alive for ten days. Bundy attacked another girl a month later after Karen. Her name was Lynda Ann Hayly, a 21-year-old who broadcast the morning weather reports for skiers. Bundy beat her until she was unconscious and then dressed her in blue jeans, a white blouse and also put a pair of boots on her. He then took her away from her apartment, which he also entered through the basement late in the night. Bundy started to kill more frequently as a result.
Bundy only kidnapped and killed females in the night that were:
- had long hair with a part in the middle
- usually near construction sites
- wearing blue jeans/slacks
- within a week of midterms/final exams
Most of his victims were single. Bundy would wear a cast or his arm or leg, crutches or a sling to get young girls to help him mostly to his tan Volkswagen. Caryn Campbell disappeared on January 12, 1975, from a ski resort while she was on vacation with her fiance and his family. Police found Caryn"s body next to the road; they determined that she had many hits to her head with a blunt object and the killer left her naked. Police found five more women dead in Colorado, and they were all hit on their head with possibly a crowbar. Bundy tried to kidnap many young girls by telling them he has a boat and need help and various other stories to get these young women to help him as he pretended to be a disabled person. Many of Bundy"s girl victims escaped Bundy"s traps and gave his description to the authorities. A few hikers found a graveyard of bones in a forest in Washington, later identified as remains of women in Utah and Washington. Police also found extra vertebrae and femurs that Bundy confessed were remains of Geogean Hawkins.
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Police officers in King County, Seattle post fliers throughout the area with Bundy"s description n which includes his blood type O and also his car description. There was also a composite sketch of Bundy that was posted in newspapers and showed on television. Detectives did not believe that Bundy was the killer at first because of his spectacular record and also because he was a lawyer student with extremely high grades and had valued recommendations. Bundy"s first arrest was in August 1975. The police tried to stop Bundy for driving violations, but Bundy turned his car lights off and drove off speeding through many stop signs. Police finally caught Ted Bundy and searched his Volkswagen where they found a pantyhose with eye holes cut out, crowbar, handcuffs, ice pick and some other items. The police arrested Bundy on suspicion of burglary charges and saw that his front row passenger seat was missing. DaRonch who was one of Bundy"s victims that survived picked him out of the lineup at the police station. Police was happy that they might have found the murderer who has been killing people for years throughout the tri-state area. Bundy did not want a jury trial in 1976 for his kidnapping case with DaRonch. He was found guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Police continued to investigate Bundy while he was in prison. They then traced his credit card usage to areas where there were other murder victims. Bundy was moved from prison in Utah to the prison in Colorado where he appeared as his own lawyer and got access to the court room library and was able to move freely between the library and courtroom. Bundy escaped prison in 1977 during a pre-trial by jumping out of the library window. He was caught about a week later and returned to prison. Bundy escaped on December 30th for a second time and tried to hide his identity and stop the killing. He went to Tallahassee, Florida and rented an apartment using the name Chris Hagen. Bundy survived by stealing people"s credit to purchase food and the necessity for him. Bundy started his killing spree again by breaking into the Florida State University Chi Omega sorority house. He bludgeoned and strangled two women until they were dead. He raped one woman and bit off one of her nipple and also bit her buttocks. Bundy also beat two other women on their head, but they survived because their roommate came home in time. Nita Neary came home and heard rapid footsteps upstairs and hid in the doorway. She saw Bundy leaving with a log in his hand and then later found her friends upstairs and got medical attention. Bundy also attacked another woman that same night, and he was wearing a mask which is similar to the one found in his car. Bundy killed a 12 year old girl name Kimberly Leach on February 9, 1978. He kidnapped her and then mutilated her. Bundy was arrested in Pensacola for driving a stolen vehicle within a week of killing Kimberly. There was a witness from Kimberly"s school that saw Bundy at the school. His teeth mold proves him guilty for the three killing at the sorority house from biting the girl"s buttock. Bundy had an interview with Stephen Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth. During that interview, Bundy said "The big payoff for me was actually possessing whatever it was I had stolen. I really enjoyed having something ... that I had wanted and gone out and taken it." Bundy also mentioned that sexually assaulting his victims makes him "totally possess" his victims. Bundy started killing females after assaulting them to avoid being caught. Bundy then stated "The ultimate possession was, in fact, the taking of the life," and he also said, "And then ... the physical possession of the remains." Bundy implied but never confessed that he may have started killing before 1974. He implied that he was an "immature", an "impulsive" killer in his early years before his "prime" or "predator" years where he killed Lynda Healy in 1974.
Bundy was on trial on June 25, 1979, for killing the girls in the Chi omega sorority house. Bundy was his own attorney on his court case which was televised live for everyone to see. Bundy was found guilty and sentenced to the electric chair and was given two death sentences. An execution date was set for March 4, 1986, but in April the date was reschedule for July 2, 1986. Bundy then confessed to Nelson and Hagmair that he often revisited the sites where he buried the remains to perform sexual acts with his decomposed victims. Bundy never got electrocuted on July 2 because his execution was postponed a few times more. It was postponed to November 18, 1986, because the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals needed to review several technicalities with the case and Bundy"s mental case. On November 17, 1986, the execution was postponed for the previous reason. In 1988, the court ruled again Bundy and a firm date for his execution was put forth to be executed on January 24, 1989. Bundy also went on trial on January 7, 1980, for killing Kimberly Leach and allowed an attorney to represent him. The attorneys claimed that Bundy was insane which was the only logical thing to do with all the evidence against him from various states. During his testimony, he named Carol Boone as a witness and marries her when she was on the witness stand. Boone was 100% sure that Bundy was innocent. Boone was pregnant with Bundy"s child and delivered a baby girl whom Bundy loved. Boone later divorce Bundy after realizing all the allegations against him were true. Upon Bundy"s execution day, he confessed to Washington State Attorney Generals, Dr. Non Keppel that he murdered over 50 women and gave details. All of Bundy"s confessed murder was never proven due to lack of evidence. Ted Bundy execution was a celebration day for the huge crowds that attend outside the prison and cheered as Bundy was being executed on January 24, 1989. He died at 7:13am.
Bundy admitted that he killed 30 people, but it is believed that the real number of victims will remain unknown.
January 4: Karen Spark was 18 years old when Bundy bludgeoned and sexually assaulted her in bed while she was sleeping. She survived his attack.
February 1: Lynda Ann Healy was 21 years old when she was bludgeoned while she was sleeping and then abducted by Bundy. Her skull and mandible was found at Taylor Mountain Site. Died March 12: Donna Gail Manson was 19 years old when Bundy kidnapped her while she was walking to a concert at The Evergreen State College. Bundy said he left her body at Taylor Mountain Site, but her body was never found. Died April 17: Susan Elaine Rancourt was 18 years old when Bundy kidnapped her after she finished attending an advisors meeting at Central Washington State College. Her skull and mandible was found at Taylor Mountain Site. Died May 6: Roberta Kathleen Parks was 22 years old when Bundy kidnapped her from Oregon State University in Corvallis. Her skull and mandible was found at Taylor Mountain Site. Died June 1: Brenda Carol Ball was 22 years old when Bundy killed her after leaving the Flame Tavern in Burien. Her skull and mandible was found at Taylor Mountain Site. Died June 11: Georgeann Hawkins was 18 years old when she was abducted from an ally behind her sorority house and her remains were found at Issaquah site. Died
July 14: Janice Ann Ott was 23 years old when she was kidnapped from Lake Sammamish State Park in the daytime. Her remains were found at Issaquah site. Died July 14: Denise Marie Naslund was 19 years old when she was kidnapped four hours after Ott from the same park. Her remains were found at Issaquah site. Died
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October 2: Nancy Wilcox was 16 years old when Bundy ambushed her, assaulted and strangled her in Holladay, Utah. Bundy said he buried her body near Capitol Reef National Park, but her body was never found. Died October 18: Melissa Anne Smith was 17 years old when she vanished from Midvale, Utah. Her body was found in the mountain areas. Died
October 31: Laura Anne Aime was 17 years old when she vanished from Lehi, Utah. Hikers found her body in American Fork Canyon. Died
November 8: Carol DaRonch was 18 years old when Bundy tried to kidnap her in Murray, Utah. She escaped from Bundy"s car and survived.
November 8: Debra Kent was 17 years old when she was kidnapped after leaving a school play in Bountiful, Utah. Bundy said he left her body 100 miles south of Bountiful near Fairview, Utah. There were not much skeletal remains, and it was never positively identified as Kent"s. Died
January 12: Caryn Campbell was 23 years old when she disappeared from a hotel hallway in Snowmass, Colorado. Her body was found on a dirt road next to the hotel. Died March 15: Julie Cunningham was 26 years old and she disappeared on her way to a tavern in Vail, Colorado. Bundy said he buried her body near Rifle which is 90 miles west of Vail, but it was never found. Died April 6: Denise Oliverson was 25 years old when she was kidnapped while riding her bicycle to her parents" house in Grand Junction, Colorado. Bundy said he threw her body into the Colorado River 5 miles west of the Grand Junction, but her body was never found. Died May 6: Lynette Culver was 12 years old when she was kidnapped from Alameda Junior High School in Pocatello, Idaho. Her body was believed to be thrown in the Snake River, but it was never found. Died June 28: Susan Curtis was 15 years old when she disappeared during a youth conference at Brigham Young University. Bundy said that he buried her body 75 miles southeast of Provo near Price, Utah. Her body was never found. Died
January 15: Margaret Bowman was 21 years old when Bundy bludgeoned and strangled her while she was sleeping in the Chi Omega sorority. Died
January 15: Lisa Levy was 20 years old was sleeping when she was bludgeoned, strangled and sexually assaulted in the Chi Omega sorority. Died
January 15: Karen Chandler was 21 years old and she was bludgeoned while she was sleeping in the Chi Omega sorority house. She survived.
January 15: Kathy Kleiner was 21 years old and she was bludgeon while sleeping at the Chi Omega sorority house. She survived.
January 15: Cheryl Thomas was 21 years old and she was bludgeon while sleeping 8 blocks away from the Chi Omega sorority house. She survived.
February 9: Kimberly Diane Leach was 12 years old when she was kidnapped from her junior high school in Lake City, Florida. Her remains were found near Suwannee River State Park.
There is other possible victim that Bundy might have murdered, but they were not proven, and Bundy did not confess to them. Bundy told Keppel that he wouldn"t confess to some murders because there is "some murders" he would "never talk about" because the murders were done "too close to home", "too close to family" or involved "victims who were very young". It is believed that Bundy"s youngest victim might have been 8 years old, but it is not proven and it was Bundy was 14 years old.