Ted Bundy: The Lady Killer.
The most notorious serial killer of the 20th century.
Who was Ted Bundy?
Ted Bundy is one of the most well known serial killers today. Graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in psychology, among his peers and family he was known as a charming, good natured, and clever man. No one would suspect of the horrific crimes that he would come to commit.
Ted Bundy was a serial killer. He was charged with murder, rape, necrophilia, decapitation, assault, kidnapping, and strangulation.
Bundy lived from 1946-1989. He went on his killing spree between the years 1974 and 1978. During this time period, it was confirmed he killed 30+ women.
He killed many women in the states of Washington, Colorado, Florida, Utah, and Oregon.
Many women and their families have suffered the effects of Ted Bundy's killings, below are photos of some of the women that were victims of his crimes. Bundy confessed to 30 murders before his execution, but this is not all of the women he killed. It is rumored that he killed close to a 100 women.

Crime Details
This is the car that Bundy ended many lives in, despite being such a bright colored and unique car it took authorities a long time to find it.
Ted Bundy outwardly appeared as a charming individual, masking his awful intentions. He had multiple strategies to lure in his victims. The most commonly known was he would fake to be injured, either being on crutches or have his arm in a sling. He would then drop some books, in order to appear to be in need of assistance. He would call his victim over, who would see no threat in an injured man. Then, once they were loading things into his trunk, he would knock them unconscious with a crow bar. He would then kill them with strangulation during a sexual act. Sometimes he would beat them to death or behead them. He would break into the homes of women and kill them there, or he would ask women who were at bus stops if they needed a ride.

How was Ted Bundy caught?
Ted Bundy was caught three seperate times, and he escaped twice!
The first time Bundy was caught, it was after he posed as a police officer and made an unsuccessful attempt at kidnapping Carol DaRonch. Carol then reported him to the police. His car was later spotted and pulled over by an officer, and inside the car some of the tools he used for murder were found, which lead to his first arrest. When he was on trial for the attempted kidnapping, He jumped out of the window of the courthouse and made a run for it.
In the following years when he got arrested again, he managed to break out of his jail cell and escape. Again going on a killing spree, murdering and severely injuring lots of innocent women.
In February of 1978 a police officer noticed that Bundy's car was the one that was reported as stolen, so he pulled him over. This lead to him being caught for the final time. He was charged of a few muders he did, and then confessed to another 20 before being sentenced to death by the electric chair.

Bundy was executed on January 24th, 1989, For the murder of a 12-year-old girl named Kimberly Leach. He confessed to at least 20 other murders which were added to his charges.
Psychological Analysis
Why Did He Do it?
"We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere."
-Ted Bundy
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.

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