Ted Bundy stole the lives of many prominent young women, but why? After many interviews and interrogations, the general conclusion was that Bundy developed twisted sexual fantasies and decided to act on them. In order to choose his victims, he chose the ones that were the most sexually appealing/attractive to him. And either before or after killing them, he would engage in sexual acts with said victims. When asked what started these fantasies, Bundy blamed violent pornography. In interviews he extensively talked about the effect that violent pornography has on young impressionable people, especially boys. And how important it is to shield and censor them from that, in order to "Stop making more people like him."
Interestingly enough, Bundy would describe how there would be this "entity" that would take over him when he was drunk or tense. Note that he was drunk during most of the murders committed. He would blame this entity for the acts that he would commit. Even detectives who interrogated him found that he seemed to have different personas to him, evil Bundy and friendly Bundy. They also found that Bundy had the uncanny ability to compartmentalize. This lead people to believe he had bipolar personality disorder, but it was never confirmed officially as there was a lot of debate about his diagnosis.
Bundy killed so many women not just because of his sexual fantasies, but also because it became an addiction for him. Bundy was found to be a very narcissistic person. In interviews and interrogations, he always acted like he knew more than anyone in the room, and always made a play of grandiosity. Before his execution he constantly tried to prove his worth as a scientific specimen, and always talked about how much great contributions studying his brain would give. Killing made him feel powerful and in control, and fed his ego. This is linked to his childhood experiences.
Bundy was abused by his grandfather, and also picked on and bullied in school as a child. The killing may have been his way to gain power and control in ways he never had in his childhood.
In conclusion, Ted Bundy was an awful murderer who took the lives of many young women. We can only learn from his horrific crimes, to make sure nothing like this happens again.