Authors and Ted Bundy subject matter experts, E.J. Hammon and Fabien Richard, are excited to offer a new take on the story of serial killer Ted Bundy and the people affected by his violent behavior.
As the time comes for me to present at the 2022 Dark History and HorrorCon convention in Champaign, Illinois, I am reminded of the success of last year's session. My discussion was about the truth behind the myths that have been furthered about Ted Bundy. Though I hadn't planned on having the session filmed, I... Continue Reading →
"Theodore, the judge doesn't allow sidearms in his courtroom...if you get more than three feet from me, I'm going to rip your head off."
The Paris Hotel As I await my flight for the first leg of my trip to Las Vegas, I'm soothed by the sounds of John Lennon singing "Instant Karma" and the idea of an exciting vacation in Sin City. I'm not a gambler, but this trip isn't about high-rolling stakes for me. Every CrimeCon event... Continue Reading →
"I met myriad people fascinated by the psychology of Ted Bundy and other serial killers in a way that I haven't experienced at the CrimeCon events I've attended."
The general back and forth sharing of information about childhood pain (particularly from Hagmaier) reminded me of the dynamic that Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter shared in “Silence of the Lambs."
"...Bundy’s case represented both the first time bite mark evidence was used in court and the first time a search warrant was approved for a suspect’s mouth."
As CrimeCon 2021 fades in my rearview mirror, the trepidation that I felt in entering a post-Covid atmosphere has dissipated and I now realize how glad I am to have attended this year. Austin beckoned us with open arms, though there were a few health regulations still enforced in various places throughout town. This year's... Continue Reading →
"What we also must consider is that the Lake Sammamish kidnappings and murders were the beginning of the end for Ted Bundy."
"Not paying homage to the victims would be the biggest mistake. Behind each attack or each murder there is a victim. It is important that we pay tribute to those who died."
"If he could do the impossible, what could I do to keep the impossible from happening?" Ken Katsaris, former Sheriff, Leon County, Florida
There has long been speculation over whether Ted Bundy drank alcohol in order to commit his string of murders through the years, or whether it affected him much at all. We know that he admitted, on more than one occasion, that he imbibed in alcohol and marijuana often in order to build up his courage... Continue Reading →
Throughout the years, there have been many attempts to capture the life of Ted Bundy on film, though few have hit the mark. Often, they’re more closely connected to the imagination of the director than actual facts, so I’ve listed my favorite Ted movies. These are based on elements that are closest to fact and... Continue Reading →
by E.J. Hammon Liz, Molly, and Ted Despite Ted Bundy’s obvious attraction to college-aged women, recent allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior from the daughter of Ted’s ex-girlfriend have come to light, stunning the true crime community. It has left many wondering whether Bundy had an attraction to children as well as to adult women. The... Continue Reading →
Last July, I was interviewed for a new British podcast called Pop Detectives. The interview sought to investigate the rumor of Bundy attempting to kidnap Debbie Harry circa 1972 based on an article I published on the subject. I hope you enjoy it. Find the link here. You can hear me from the 9:50-20:00 mark!... Continue Reading →
Yesterday would have been Ted Bundy's 73rd birthday if he had managed to live this long. Numerous Facebook pages were posting well wishes to the long-dead deviant, but I was surprised that several were honoring the lives of his victims instead. It's easy to get caught up in the mystery of someone who seemed so... Continue Reading →
Perhaps no other jail should be held more accountable for its lackadaisical attitude towards Ted Bundy than the Garfield County Sheriff's Department in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Despite his previous escape from law officials in Aspen and rumors of someone crawling above the cells at night, jailers and their superiors chose to ignore red flags, subsequently... Continue Reading →
I recently visited the small town of Aspen in the mountains of Colorado in an attempt to document and capture the place where Ted Bundy made his first escape from law officials. At the time, he had been found guilty of his attempted kidnapping of Carol DaRonch in Utah and was facing trial on the... Continue Reading →
Debbie Harry is a sensational performer and has been part of the mainstream music scene for the past four decades. Her early songs with rock band Blondie, such as "Heart of Glass" and "Rapture," hearken back to a time before serial killers were idolized and admired. There's no question that she has experienced many strange... Continue Reading →
This year, CrimeCon took place in "The Big Easy" between June 7-June 9 and New Orleans was the perfect place to host the convention because it's a mysterious city full of ghost stories and tales of murder. As many attendees discovered, an aura of other-worldiness permeated the air all around us well into the witching... Continue Reading →
CrimeCon begins on June 7th this year, and so the countdown has begun. This year the convention will take place in New Orleans and promises to be bigger than ever. Many famous faces and events have been planned for our entertainment, so much so, that it's literally overwhelming! That said, two events I don't want... Continue Reading →
"Casts of his Ted’s teeth were taken against his will (under a warrant), the photographs and casts were taken by a qualified dentist in a dental chair."
"Bundy’s first mistake was underestimating how police would perceive his car randomly idling on nights when he was trolling for victims."
by E.J. Hammon c. 2019 I recently had the opportunity to speak with Kathy Kleiner Rubin, who survived the Chi Omega sorority attack at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in the 1970's. To my surprise, I learned she's much more than a survivor. Here is the story she shared about her experience. Kathy Kleiner... Continue Reading →
A poem by E.J. Hammon He slayed with wild abandon, Killing women from coast to coast; But what Ted Bundy did best, Was to brag and to boast. His braggadacio lured in his victims, His cunning hid them away; He caught them and he killed them, And he watched their blood spray. But what he... Continue Reading →
**Spoiler alert** If you haven't watched Season One of Netflix's thriller series, "You," be warned that this article has some spoilers. In the era of Netflix providing many programs surrounding the crime genre, we find the latest streaming phenomena in their takeover of Lifetime's original series, "You." The show explores life through the eyes of... Continue Reading →
I was thirteen years old when Ted Bundy was electrocuted on Friday, January 24, 1989. It was the middle of my eighth grade year and I was completely oblivious to the media circus taking place over 500 miles south of me in Starke, Florida. Such was the hysteria surrounding the event that shock-jock Howard Stern... Continue Reading →
For those who have been asking, here are some photos I took of Bundy's '68 Bug when it was being shown at the Crime & Punishment museum in Washington, D.C.
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During an era where serial killers were emerging as a phenomenon in the United States, police departments throughout the country were finding it difficult to identify them. Serial killers are known for primarily murdering strangers and having few ties to their victims. This makes it a very difficult job for investigators who are accustomed to... Continue Reading →
When I attended CrimeCon this past May, the last thing I expected was to meet and collaborate with the hosts of the Criminology Podcast. Mike Morford (aka "Morf") & I met through Twitter prior to the trip, so meeting him in person was a no-brainer. In fact, he was the first familiar face I saw... Continue Reading →
On August 16, 1975, Ted Bundy was arrested in Granger, Utah for evading capture from a local police officer. In the police report listed below, Robert Hayward explains details of Bundy's capture, including the "burglary tools" found in his car. Mention of this his missing passenger seat is also included. "UTAH Highway Patrol Incident Report... Continue Reading →
It’s rare that a brutal, violent criminal will commit humane acts worthy of approval. However, there are two stories that have long circulated about Ted Bundy suggesting he had a kinder side. In the summer of 1970, Bundy spent some time at Green Lake with friends, a popular park in central Seattle that offered trails,... Continue Reading →
During the weekend of May 4-6, 2018, a group of ne'er-do-wells (myself included) gathered at the Gaylord Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee to enjoy a plethora of activities laid out for us. From exciting seminars to meeting our favorite podcasters, CrimeCon had it all. I stumbled upon the main area after entering the convention center... Continue Reading →
Recently, when discussing the topic of “peeping Toms” with a colleague, she suggested that most people believe this type of voyeurism is a harmless activity. They feel it’s a rite of passage that boys hitting puberty are likely to engage in as their hormones rage. Despite the dismissive attitude, psychiatrists have found that peeping into... Continue Reading →
“Guilt. It’s a mechanism we use to control people. It’s an illusion. It’s a kind of social control mechanism and it’s very unhealthy.” Ted Bundy
"It has been observed that bite marks can provide both physical and biological evidence against the perpetrator of the wound. However, bite mark evidence has recently come under scrutiny."
I'm involved in an abusive relationship with a dead man. Metaphorically-speaking, of course. I am constantly thinking about, imagining, and reading about a violent serial killer. His ice blue eyes and wavy brown hair call forth feelings of both compassion and revulsion. I am both drawn to and repelled from this handsome charmer, moonlighting as... Continue Reading →
Twenty-eight years ago, Ted Bundy was executed by electric chair for the murder of 12 year old Kimberly Leach, whose body was found under a collapsed hog shed. On Tuesday, January 24th, he was declared dead at 7:16 A.M. After making his final statement "I'd like you to give my love to my family and... Continue Reading →
As the United States comes to the end of yet another sensational presidential election, it's important to remember that often many members of our political system hide parts of themselves from the public. How many scandals have disgraced someone we thought trust-worthy? We read articles about various well-respected women and men who weren't at all... Continue Reading →
Today is the day on which Ted Bundy would have turned seventy years old, had he not been executed or died prematurely. If he had managed to outwit police and continued killing, imagine how many more women would be dead. If we consider he killed approximately 30 women (by his admission) over the course of... Continue Reading →
This is a thorough collection of FBI documents related to Bundy's arrests, escapes, and crimes. Though some pages are hard to read and some information had been redacted, this is a worthwhile purchase. You can find a copy of this book and many other volumes of serial killer statistics at the Serial Killer Calendar Web... Continue Reading →
It's true that Ted Bundy was both drawn to and repelled by women. Clearly his relationship with his mother and other female relatives influenced his preferred victim type. However, the male role models in Bundy's life were just as influential in how he identified himself in relationship to the women around him. Through analyzing the... Continue Reading →
I was recently interviewed about Bundy and lust murderers by author John Taylor. Listen to the interview here. https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/twistedpodcast/id/4517697
Here is a poem that Ted Bundy wrote in a letter to Ann Rule back in 1976. I've left the spelling as he wrote it. Night of Days This is no way to be Man ought to be free That man should be me Talk to the walls Echoes down the halls Dream of dreams An... Continue Reading →
The term "lustmorder" or "lust murder" in English, was coined in the 19th century by German psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing, after decades of studying sex criminals in local asylums. Lust murder is defined by Wikipedia as "a homicide in which the offender searches for erotic satisfaction by killing someone." In fact, many of us assume that the... Continue Reading →
Sunday, July 14, 1974, was a beautiful day in Issaquah, WA, 20 miles east of Seattle. On that warm, summer day, hundreds of people gathered at the 512 acre Lake Sammamish state park to enjoy the beach, boating, or a picnic. One of those good-looking locals was a quiet, unassuming man who masked his devilish intentions... Continue Reading →
On Facebook, you'll find many groups dedicated to serial killers. Some of the members are there to learn more about these killers and others are there to praise them. Yes, you read that right, they enjoy romanticizing certain killers and they express an interest in being with them. Many have chosen Ted as their preferred... Continue Reading →