As children we were always taught to be caring and helpful to others. Our parents taught us to be cautious and to never take candy from strangers. If someone were to ask you to help load their boat because they have a broken arm, of course, you will help. Or if a police officer approaches you and says your car has been broken into, of course you will go with them to check your car. These all seem like things our parents taught us that were okay to do. And that, these were all acts Theodore Bundy put on to reel in his victims.
Bundy was executed 30 years ago in the Florida State Prison electric chair after confessing to the murders of 30 women. Bundy was a big fan of the spotlight, which is exactly what he got while being on America’s top 10 most wanted list. This took place in the late 60’s and early 70’s, and Bundy was known as the first serial killer in the United States.
Suffering from an awkward childhood and family poverty status, Bundy became one of the slipperiest people, hiding in plain sight as his victim’s piled up. The ongoing police investigation to find Bundy covered Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado, where he continued to commit crimes against young women. Bundy’s first confirmed victim was Lynda Ann Healy, a University of Washington student. Bundy broke into her room while she was sleeping, knocked her unconscious, clothed her, and she was never seen again. Years later, her skull was discovered on the side of a mountain where Bundy would often bury his victims. Healy was the first of many of Bundy’s victims.
As Bundy continued to kill, the Florida police force began to pick up on leads from eye witnesses and some evidence. Eventually, they found enough evidence to arrest him. Throughout his time in prison, Bundy made a tape recording with Stephen Michaud. On these tapes, Bundy consistently pleaded not guilty. He claimed he had a perfect childhood/life, so there would be no reason to act out.
Bundy’s childhood friend Sandi Holt, claims different. Holt states in the Netflix documentary Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, that Bundy was “different”; he had a very bad speech impediment, so he was teased a lot. He just didn’t fit in and couldn’t get the hang of regular boy things.
Bundy had a bad temper as a child and liked to play tricks on people. In high school he strived to be something he was not. As Bundy states in the tapes, “I did well in academics, I ran for high school office. Most of my close friends, we would play football. I went out for the track team, went skiing every weekend. I was one of the boys.” Holt sets the record straight that Bundy was in no way athletic or outgoing. He tried to trick and deceive people.
Throughout his prison sentence, Bundy escaped custody twice. This caused more deaths and a greater desire to officially charge Bundy with the crimes he had committed. Bundy was eventually sentenced to Florida’s electric chair. With his charm and good looks he attempted to appeal his death sentence for years. He could not push back fate any longer. Bundy was executed on Jan. 24, 1989. Bundy’s body was cremated, and before he was executed he requested his ashes be scattered in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, where he murdered at least four of his victims.
Bundy was a 1970s serial murder and rapist. Despite this, Bundy became something of a celebrity. His charm and good looks drew in attention from the public. Bundy has inspired many books and films, and he will forever be known as the most notorious serial killer of the 70’s.