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 four years, it’s quite fathomable he might have murdered hundreds of women over four decades! Though his chances of not getting caught would have been small, the sheer magnitude of that estimate is simply incomprehensible.
Despite his ambition & dedication to killing defenseless young women, it would have been harder & harder for him to fit in on college campuses as he aged. Also, his looks would have invariably faded. Fewer women would have fallen for his “whoops, I dropped my books routine.” Could Bundy have adapted to the changes in the environment around him enough to stay under the radar?
Another thing to consider is the advances in technology and how forensics have evolved since his capture in 1978. Until 1986, DNA analysis wasn’t understood and bite mark evidence would have been even more conclusive in his trials in Florida. Also, police departments are far more likely now to share their evidence with other agencies in an effort to capture criminals quicker and more efficiently.
Wow! The big 7-0 for Ted! I have often wondered what the world may have learned if he was never executed in 1989. Would we have learned more about what makes a serial killer tick? Would we have learned about more victims? I think we probably would have. As Ted aged, so would his wisdom and insight. After finally admitting to being the serial killer everyone assumed him to be, he wouldn’t have been able to hide behind the innocence charades anymore and he likely would have added more to our understanding of serial murder. On the other hand, his death was a guarantee that no other woman would ever fall victim to him again.
I’m unconvinced Tedo would have given any new info to police if he hadn’t had the threat of death looming. I just don’t think he would have been honest with them. You know Teddy loved his petty games.
He would have had to stop in a few years, whether he wanted to or not. In a few years, the women would have started getting harder and harder for him to overpower with the strength left to him, and he would either have had to resort to attacking those with disabilities, or else stop altogether. In his old age, one of the girls would have gotten his crowbar away and used it on him, and that would have been that.