When most people hear the words serial killer, they imagine a disheveled, creepy looking person dressed in black clothing, hiding their face from the world. While that may be the common picture, it’s completely untrue for one of the world’s most talked about murderers, Ted Bundy.
Well-dressed, charming and quite frankly, pretty good looking, the serial murderer, rapist and necrophiliac from the outside seemed like a gentleman. Deep down he held a much darker and sinister personality. Bundy is in fact, responsible for killing 36 young women throughout the 1970s, and those are only the ones he admitted to and was charged for. Experts believing the true figure could be closer to 100.
Apparently, when looking back on his childhood, there were clear signs something just wasn’t right with Bundy. His unusual interest in the macabre at an early age a cause for concern, along with a fascination with knives and later an interest in peering in other people’s windows.
But it wasn’t until around 1974 his murderous rampage is suspected to have begun when a number of women were reported missing in Seattle and Oregon, and last seen with a young, dark-haired man known as Ted.
It is believed his tactic was to pray on the kind natured souls by pretending to be injured and asking for their help, before raping them and beating them to death. These victims and many more over the years resembled an uncanny likeness to one of Bundy’s former girlfriends, who had long, dark hair.
The killings continued until 1978, after the serial killer escaped custody. He killed three females, two of which were living at a sorority house in Florida and one who was just 12 years old. It was shortly after this abrupt spate of murders that Bundy was caught and charged for his crimes.
Adamant he would avoid the death penalty, the murderer used his charm and intelligence to try to persuade the judge to let him off and even attempting to take his case as high as the U.S. Supreme Court.
Somehow when all of this was going on, Bundy married Carole Ann Boone, who he had shared a relationship with prior to his initial arrest. For a while she remained unconvinced Bundy was a serial killer until later down the track when she decided to stop visiting the murderous man.
Not long before it all came to an end for the celebrity like killer, who was killed in January of 1989 by the electric chair sometimes known as Old Sparky, he did one final interview.
It was here Bundy shared details of his pornography addiction that he believes led him down the path to become a murderer.
“My experience with pornography that deals on a violent level with sexuality is that once you become addicted to it – and I look at it as a kind of addiction – like an addiction you keep craving something that is harder, something that gives you a greater sense of excitement,” he explained in the recording that is published by multiple sources online.
“You reach that jumping off point where you begin to wonder if maybe actually doing it would give you that which is beyond just reading or looking at it.
“I’m no social scientist and I haven’t done a survey … but I’ve lived in prison for a long time now and I’ve met a lot of men who are motivated to commit violence just like me and without exception every one of them was deeply involved in pornography.”
Despite his efforts to avoid the death penalty, Bundy’s execution marked a day of celebration for many who awaited his death outside the Florida State Prison, cheering and setting off fireworks when he died.
Since then his murderous rampage has received much attention with a plethora of books, movies and television shows based on his killings.
The latest film titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile which is yet to receive a release date, focuses on Bundy’s crimes from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer.