"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 →
"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."
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 →
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 →
“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 →
I was recently asked which books about Ted Bundy I recommend to my readers. Here are my top two: The Only Living Witness by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth: This book showcased a great deal of Bundy's interviews with Michaud and discussed his crimes (albeit in the 3rd person). You will be chilled with... Continue Reading →
If Ted Bundy had taken the deal he was offered in Florida for the Chi Omega murders, he might still be alive to see his 69th birthday today. However, the offer would require him to admit guilt in the death of two sorority women in January of 1978. If you're keeping score, one of the only... Continue Reading →
"I don't like being locked up for something I didn't do, and I don't like my liberty taken away, and I don't like being treated like an animal, and I don't like people walking around and ogling me like I'm some sort of weirdo, because I'm not." Long before Ted Bundy admitted to committing several... Continue Reading →
Amazing poem about our old pal, Ted!
Our monsters don’t look
There is no way to tell
If they’ll share a slice of Heaven
or bring the hate of Hell
They don’t all have dangerous killer looks
they are not all uneducated and despise books
Look at Ted, a prime example
of a learned man who was extremely harmful
Ted Bundy, yes
he was an educated man
but not smart enough
to avoid the hang man
Then there’s really insane
Like Mr Ed Gein
who danced in the moonlight with his mother’s skin on his face
© Kait King, 2015
[Thanks to Rob T. for suggesting this topic] Throughout human history, punishment by death has been used as disciplinary action against those convicted of gruesome or outrageous crimes. In the United States, unlike other countries, capital punishment is only utilized against those convicted of murder in the 1st degree. In a 2010 Gallup poll, 64% of Americans... Continue Reading →
Though we don't have any information about Bundy's sexual prowess with any other women, he clearly impressed his ex-girlfriend Stephanie when they reunited in the early 70's for a short time.
It has always astounded me that Bundy used his real name when introducing himself to victims. It wouldn't have been such a big deal if the victims were isolated, but when he was seeking out women at Lake Sammamish in the summer of 1974, he gave his name to several women. Most of those women... Continue Reading →
A lot of people have asked me about Ted Bundy's daughter with his wife, Carole. Rose Bundy was born in October 1981 and was the spitting image of her father. Raiford prison does not allow conjugal visits, so a lot of people have posited theories regarding how Carole got pregnant. The most popular theory is... Continue Reading →
If you haven't seen this video, it was filmed a day before Bundy was put to death. Our boy Teddy blames his burgeoning serial killing spree on viewing porn as a pre-teen. Watch as Bundy subtly admits his guilt & kind of scoffs when Dobson asks him when his porn addiction went from fantasy to... Continue Reading →
Shortly after Ted Bundy, the notorious killer of dozens of women, was strapped into the electric chair, he was asked if he had any last words. Bundy addressed his lawyer and his minister and said, "Jim and Fred, I'd like you to give my love to my family and friends." After declaring his final words, Bundy was electrocuted... Continue Reading →
As is tradition in many countries, in the United States prisoners on death row can request a last meal before they are executed. In the event that they don't choose a special meal, they are given a standard meal. Each state generally has a limit on the amount of money they will allow for the... Continue Reading →
Ted Bundy certainly had a lot of women in his life. From his mother to his fiancée and later, his wife, they were a big part of his life. Why then, would Bundy want to kill so many females and did he really care for the women he didn't kill? To answer that question, we... Continue Reading →
During the summer of 1979, Ted Bundy went to trial for the deaths of 2 women in the Chi Omega sorority house at Florida State University. Though the state had compelling bite mark evidence to present a convincing case of guilt, they still put a witness on the stand. Nita Neary arrived at the Chi... Continue Reading →
What can you say about a 1968 Volkswagon Bug? You could say it was a tiny car with hardly any leg room, it wasn't a particularly flashy car, and its engine was in the back. VW Bugs had pretty good gas mileage, but nothing to write home about. You could also say that hardly any... Continue Reading →
While the rest of the world cringes in horror at the crimes committed by violent men, there are a select few women who are riveted by their stories. Ted Bundy had his share of fans and even married and produced a child with one of them. Both of the Menendez boys are married and even... Continue Reading →
"I just liked to kill. I wanted to kill." ~Ted BundyPeople love asking me why I think Ted Bundy was a serial killer. There are many ways to interpret this question, but here are my thoughts. Based on Bundy's troubled relationship with his mother (he thought she was his sister for many years), his childhood living with his... Continue Reading →
Yes, you read that title correctly. Ted Bundy worked in a crisis center hotline in the '70's, helping young women talk through difficult situations. Bundy later wrote a rape prevention pamphlet and he was an assistant director of the Seattle Crime Prevention Advisory Commission. It's easy to see that Bundy found a way to be... Continue Reading →
I have seen this photo around over the years and it has always fascinated me. Of course, Bundy was drawn to petite beauties and this young woman was no exception. This photo was taken circa 1975 after a birthday party. I don't know if the party was for Bundy (which would mean it was November),... Continue Reading →
After Bundy's failed escape from prison in July of 1977, he succeeded in breaking out of the Garfield County jail in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on December 30, 1977. He had lost a lot of weight and was able to squeeze out of a hole in the ceiling of his jail cell. Once outside the prison, Bundy hitched a ride... Continue Reading →
Bundy's first escape happened in Aspen, Colorado on July 7, 1977. He was supposed to be doing research for his trial in the murder of Caryn Campbell, when he jumped from the 2nd story law library and high-tailed it out of the area on a sprained ankle. He was able to steal a car, but... Continue Reading →
"You learn what you need to kill and take care of the details. It's like changing a tire. The first time you're careful. By the thirtieth time, you can't remember where you left the lug wrench."I find it interesting that Bundy could so easily compare the killing of a human being to the changing of a... Continue Reading →
Ted Bundy was a necrophile, plain and simple. This wasn't something he wanted people to know, but he did admit it to Stephen Michaud & Hugh Aynesworth when they interviewed him in the 1980's. After killing a woman, he would take her to a secluded area (usually Taylor Mountain while he was still killing in... Continue Reading →
"The thought of burglary or anything really criminal...never crossed my mind. I felt no remorse whatsoever about taking something like that out of a store. I'd only take what I needed." (Confessions of a Killer, p. 35)
"I have always felt deprived of underwear. I always felt that I would have really made it if I had all the socks & underwear I could ever use." ~Ted Bundy, "Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer"
"I have known people who...radiate vulnerability. Their facial expressions say 'I am afraid of you.' These people invite abuse... By expecting to be hurt, do they subtly encourage it?" ~ Ted Bundy
*As I have noted, this blog is being written to explore the nature and psychology of one of America’s most violent and brutal serial killers. I welcome any and all responses that want to debate or discuss this aspect of Bundy’s nature. I intend to pay tribute to and honor the memories of all of his victims. Please join me in honest debate and discussion and please no hate speech toward the victims. Thanks, Em.