A man with a broken arm and a scarf, handsome and with a bit of charisma, asks a woman to help him load books into the car. The woman in question decides to help him load these books, accompanying the young man to the car. A month later, they find his body in a nearby lake.
This is not a fictional story, but a real event. This is what happened to more than one of the victims of one of America’s biggest and best-known serial killers of women, the lives we review in this article. Here is the biography of Ted Bundy.
Biography of Ted Bundy
Theodore Robert Cowell was born in Burlington, Vermont, November 24, 1946. Son of Eleanor Louise Cowell when she was very young and of unknown father, was raised by his grandparents and made him and the rest of society believe that his mother was in fact his sister. This one rejected to him in his first years, being the cause of shame for the family. According to subsequent statements from the subject, apparently his grandfather was violent and mistreated his grandmother, growing up in an aversive environment.
In 1950, she moved with her mother to Washington, where she married John Bundy a year later. Theodore Cowell would be adopted by him and receive his last name, although despite the presence of attempts to get closer to his adoptive father, he failed to maintain a good emotional bond.
Due, among other things, to the experience of continued rejection and domestic violenceTed Bundy began in childhood to manifest a withdrawn and childish personality, with little social contact. He also began to show symptoms of what is now considered a dissocial disorder, exhibiting cruel and even entertaining behavior – capturing, killing, maiming and dismembering animals.
Academic experience and relationship with Stephanie Brooks
Ted Bundy enrolled at Puget Sound University and he began to study psychology, an area in which he turned out to be a good student. In 1967, he fell in love and began a relationship with a college classmate, Stephanie Brooks. However, two years later, she graduated and ended up leaving the relationship due to her immaturity and lack of clear goals. Bundy became obsessed with her, frequently sending her letters that he tried to win back.
In the same year he left school, and around this time began to have different professions in which he did not last too long. In 1969, he began a five-year relationship with Elizabeth Kloepfer, although he remained in letter contact with his previous relationship.
Some time later, he eventually graduated, and in 1973 he enrolled at the University of Washington to study law. He is also interested and begins to participate in the world of politics for the Republican Party and to be linked to different community activities, become a volunteer in a telephone service to help sexually assaulted women and even to be decorated to save a minor from drowning. He would reunite with Stephanie Brooks and have a brief relationship with her, which he would end up this time around after coming back extremely cold.
However, it would be in 1974 that their first confirmed murders would begin to be recorded.
The murders begin
Although he has already committed various thefts, the first documented murders of this serial killer did not take place until 1974 (although it is suspected that he may have been involved in other earlier cases).
In January 1974, still at the university, Ted Bundy would enter Joni Lenz’s room to beat her later with an iron bar and violate it. Although he survived, he suffered serious injuries and permanent brain damage. He would perform the same procedure with Lynda Ann Healy, whom he would kill in this case. He made the corpse disappear, but he did not clean up the blood.
This death would set off a chain of murders in which many young students would disappear, including some Carol Valenzuela, Nancy Wilcox, Susan Rancourt, Donna Mason, Laura Aimee, Brenda Ball, Georgann Hawkins, Melissa Smith and Caryn Campbell among others.
The modus operandi
Bundy’s modus operandi was initially based on tracking and kidnapping to his victims all the way home choking. However over time and seeing that he was easy to handle due to his charisma and attracted many women, he gained confidence and started looking for victims during the day, having a habit of pretending to have a broken arm for ask for help. carrying things in his car.
This killer used to pick young brunettes with long hair, Traits that resembled both his mother and ex-girlfriend Stephanie Brooks.
Victims were often raped and dismembered, with the subject retaining body parts such as the head as trophies for his crimes. It was not uncommon for him to maintain contact with the bodies after the victim died, as well as the presence of bites in them by the murderer.
First clues and reliable arrest
During the month of November 1974, Bundy pretended to be a cop to approach Carol DaRonch and get her into her car. The young woman agreed thinking if they were going to the police station, but it was found that Bundy had stopped the car and attempted to handcuff her. Luckily, Carol DaRonch managed to escape before she was immobilized and fled, then surrendered to the police. This led to the suspect’s first robotic portrait.
This portrayal led several witnesses to view Bundy as a possible abuser, including his then-girlfriend Elizabeth. However, he could not be fully identified and ultimately ruled out the possibility of the murderer.
Ted Bundy continued to kidnap and kill many young people, Vary their appearance and travel in different states so as not to arouse suspicion.
But in 1975 a police car stopped Bundy’s car and he ended up finding indicative elements like levers, handcuffs and duct tape to immobilize the victims. Ted Bundy has been arrested. In this case, he would be identified by DaRonch as the perpetrator of his kidnapping.
Tests and leaks
In 1976, will begin the first of the trials to which Ted Bundy would be subjected. In this case, he was tried for the kidnapping of DaRonch, resulting in a fifteen-year prison sentence.
However, analysis of the car he was arrested in found evidence of Bundy’s involvement in the disappearance and murder of Melissa Smith and Caryn Campbell (in particular the two women’s hair was found) . This led to him being subjected to a second trial, Already charged with murder. In this second trial, Bundy decided to represent himself as a lawyer, which is why he was allowed to visit the library in order to prepare his defense. However, he took advantage of the situation to escape, although he was arrested by law enforcement six days later.
He escaped again in 1977, in this case being able to flee to Chicago and Chicago adopt a different identity. During this robbery he killed again, this time attacking three young men from a college fraternity (Chi Omega), one of whom managed to survive, and another young man later. He also kidnapped and killed Kimberly Leach, a twelve year old girl.
He was eventually arrested at a Florida hotel after his car’s license plate was recognized. After being arrested for the second time, he would be tried on June 25, 1979 for murder.
He was allowed to make his own defense, but the existing evidence against him (the witnesses who saw him leave the fraternity and even the survivors of his assaults), as well as physical evidence such as the comparison between the bite marks in Bundy’s body and teeth, they ended up leading him to be convicted and sentenced to die in the chair electric.
Death runner and execution
Although he was sentenced to death, the execution of Ted Bundy would take years to come. And this is it Bundy tried to delay his execution date as much as possible, Confessing to several murders (some real and others possibly for more time) and offering clues to the location of the victims and pretending to work with the police to obtain extensions of their sentences. While thirty-six of the murders are considered, it is suspected that there may have been many more casualties. He even offered to collaborate in the arrest of other murderers.
Despite his actions, often receiving letters from fans saying they loved him. Meanwhile, he would be charged and tried for the death of baby Kimberly Leach, which resulted in a second death sentence. During the same trial, Ted Bundy would marry Carole Ann Boone, one of the many fans who believed in his innocence and with whom he would eventually have a daughter.
In his last years hold interviews with psychiatrists in which he told his life story and analyzed his mental state. The tests used indicate emotional lability, impulsivity, immaturity, self-centeredness, inferiority complex, and lack of empathy, among other characteristics.
On the other hand, Ted Bundy confessed to an addiction to ponography with sadistic dyes, as the murders of young women with long, brown hair matched the anger he felt towards the women he felt abandoned for, his mother and his wife. first girlfriend Stephanie Brooks. He was finally executed on January 24, 1989.