"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 →
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.
"What we also must consider is that the Lake Sammamish kidnappings and murders were the beginning of the end for Ted Bundy."
"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 →
"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."
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →