Ted Bundy

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Ted Bundy was born Theodore Robert at the Elizabeth Lund Home For Unwed Mothers in Burlington, Vermont, to Eleanor Louise Cowell. While the identity of his father is unknown, Bundy's birth certificate lists a "Lloyd Marshall". Louise would later tell of being seduced by a war veteran named "Jack Worthington". Her family did not believe this story, however, and expressed suspicions that the real father may have been Louise's violent, abusive father, Samuel Cowell. As a teenager, Bundy would look through libraries for detective magazines and books on crime, focusing on sources that described sexual violence and featured pictures of dead bodies and violent sexuality. Before he left high school, Bundy was a compulsive thief and a shoplifter. To support his love of skiing, Bundy stole skis and equipment and forged ski-lift tickets. There is no definitive agreement on when and where Bundy began killing women. Bundy refused to give details on when and where he committed his first murder, even when confessing to over 30 murders immediately prior to his execution. The day before his execution, Bundy told his lawyer that he made his first attempt to kidnap a woman in 1969, and implied that he committed his first actual murder sometime in 1972. A psychiatrist who interviewed him said Bundy claimed to have killed two women while staying with family in Philadelphia in 1969. At one point in his death row confessions with Robert D. Keppel, a King County detective who investigated the 1974 Washington murders, Bundy said he committed his first murder in 1972, and he also alluded to killing a hitchhiker in the Tumwater, Washington area around May 1973. In 1973, one of Bundy's friends saw a pair of handcuffs in the back of Bundy's Volkswagen. Bundy's earliest known, identified murders were committed in 1974, when he was 27. Bundy had a fairly consistent modus operandi. He would approach a potential victim in a public place, even in daylight or in a crowd, as when he abducted Ott and Naslund at Lake Sammamish or when he kidnapped Leach from her school. Bundy had various ways of gaining a victim's trust. Sometimes, he would feign injury, wearing his arm in a sling or wearing a fake cast, as in the murders of Hawkins, Rancourt, Ott, Naslund, and Cunningham. At other times Bundy would impersonate an authority figure. He pretended to be a policeman when approaching Carol DaRonch, and a fireman to Leslie Parmenter. He escaped twice from county jails before his final apprehension in February 1978. Bundy was sentenced to death, and executed by electric chair for his last murder by the state of Florida in January 1989. After more than a decade of vigorous denials, he eventually confessed to over 30 murders, although the actual total of victims remains unknown. [READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE]

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