Ted Bundy, whose official name is Theodore Robert Bundy, is a notorious American serial killer and rapist born on November 24, 1946, in Burlington, Vermont. Bundy underwent trial and a guilty verdict for multiple murders of women given to him; he was sentenced to death in the 20th century.
He had a troubled childhood changing residences from time to time. When they moved to Tacoma, Washington, the mother, Eleanor Louise, got involved with an army man Johnnie Bundy who took him in as a stepson.
Bundy had a strained relationship with his stepfather, and his shy demeanor made him subject to bullying. His social skills and intelligence made it possible for him to have a successful academic journey. He majored in psychology at the University of Washington and graduated with distinction. Bundy was later able to enroll in law classes at the University of Puget Sound.
During his adult years in 1974-1978, Bundy interacted with several women with whom he developed emotional connections. While at the University of Washington, he began his murder stints with the fast victim being a University of Washington student Lynda Ann Healy. In the same year, Bundy committed seven more murders in Washington and Oregon.
He then moved to the University of Utah Law school on a transfer based on a recommendation from his college professor and The Governor of Washington, whose re-election campaign he worked on. He dreamed of becoming a successful criminal lawyer or a personal injury lawyer. Soon after he joined, the University women started disappearing in Utah and Colorado.
Bundy’s arrest was due to possession of a ski mask, handcuffs, trash bags, rope, pantyhose, and a crowbar in the trunk of his car. The vehicle he was driving was a subject of interest in an investigation that involved kidnappings. A warrant was issued to search Bundy’s apartment, where more circumstantial evidence was found.
The sentencing of Bundy
On March 1, 1976, Bundy was found guilty of kidnapping Carol Darroch for 15 years. He was later extradited to Colorado to stand trial for murder. He opted to represent himself and refused to get a personal injury lawyer or a criminal defense attorney. During one of the hearings at Pitkin County Courthouse, he escaped.
He fled to Florida, where he committed his final murders; he was later arrested and subjected to two public trials where he acted as his own lawyer. Bundy was found guilty of two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. He was sentenced to death through the electric chair.
Nine years later, before his execution, authorities say that Bundy confessed to more than 28 murders. He was executed on January 24, 1989.
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