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Inside The Life of Ted Bundy
"[T]he devil, a monster, and an evil reincarnate."
Necrophilia is a sexual attraction or sexual acts involving a corpse. This is also known as thanatophilia. The attraction is classified as sexual arousal to objects, situations, fantasies, behaviors, or individuals, also known as paraphilia. “[S]ome necrophiliacs are simply bereaved and attached to their dead loved one's body” (“10 Types of Necrophilia”). The term necrophilia comes from Belgian physician Joseph Guislain. Guislain conceived the word necrophiles. The word was not popularized until a decade later. Necrophilia is classified as role players, romantic necrophiles, necrophiliac fantasizers, tactile necrophiles, fetichistic necrophiles, necromutilophiliacs, opportunistic necrophiles, regular necrophiles, homicidal necrophiliacs, and exclusive necrophiliacs. One famous necrophiliac is Ted Bundy.
On November 24, 1946, Eleanor Cowell gave birth to a baby boy. His name was Theodore “Ted” Bundy. Bundy was born out of wedlock which humiliated his religious grandparents. His adopted grandparents raised him, and his mother was claimed to be his sister. When he was older he was confused about their relationship, calling Eleanor Cowell both his sister and his mother. Eventually, Ted and his mother moved to Tacoma, Washington, where she married Johnnie Bundy. Eleanor and Johnnie had more children together, making Bundy the eldest child. He was said to be within the 43rd percentile of sexual and serial killers raised by one parent according to an FBI survey. As Bundy grew up, he became obsessed with macabre. Macabre is the involvement with or depiction of death and injury. By the age of three, Bundy was intrigued with knives.
Ted Bundy was a bright child and was also happy and popular in school. Bundy had good grades and plenty of friends. As the years went by, people would recall Bundy suddenly becoming obscure. He became withdrawn and his grades no longer excelled. In junior high, he was not considered popular anymore. He lost any confidence he had. When he met new people he became tongue tied and could not speak.
"[T]he love of his life."
When Ted Bundy was twenty years old he met a girl named Stephanie. She was older than him but she was still the love of his life. After she graduated, Stephanie grew tired of Bundy and she broke up with him. Bundy lacked confidence and would use manipulation which ruined their relationship. Stephanie claimed he was too childish and immature. She moved to San Francisco and he dropped out of Stanford. Bundy was reported to have control over his emotions before the break up. After Stephanie left him, Bundy became devastated, upset, and moody.
When fall came again, Ted Bundy re-entered the University of Washington. He was filled with the sense of purpose and was motivated. Bundy went from being an average student to being an honour student. His grades, once again, excelled. He began to become increasingly involved with local politics and worked on and off campaigns.
Bundy is believed to have started his murdering career when he was just a teenager, yet the earliest known murder happened in 1974 when Bundy was twenty-seven. On January 4, 1974, Joni Lenz, a fellow student from the University of Washington, was asleep when her house was broken into by Bundy. He beat the eighteen year old with a crowbar while she slept and sexually assaulted her that night. The next morning, Lenz was found comatose, lying in a pool of her own blood. Lenz was left with permanent brain damage. Twenty-seven days later Bundy attacked again. His next victim Lynda Ann Healy, a senior at the University of Washington. Bundy broke into her dorm during the night and knocked her unconscious. He undressed her from her night clothes and dressed her in jeans and a shirt. Bundy wrapped the unconscious girl in a sheet and carried her outside. The only thing found at the crime scene was a single hair, which did not belong to Healy. It was not until a year later that her remains were found, decapitated and dismembered. From that January to June, Bundy killed at least one young woman per month. In July, he committed a double abduction during the day which resulted in two murders at a park near Seattle.
Approximately ten victims originated from Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Bundy had an advantage of blending in since he was like a chameleon. For example, Bundy could easily change his hairstyle and look completely different. All of Bundy’s victims had shoulder length, dark hair that was parted down the middle just like his past love, Stephanie. “Bundy posed an ever-present danger to… his victims” (“Ted Bundy’s Childhood”).
"Bundy was known for killing thirty-six people but is suspected to have killed more than a hundred."
Finally, Bundy was arrested. His erratic driving caught the attention of local police a week before his murders were made known. His van was searched and the police discovered handcuffs and panty hose with slits to look through. Bundy was only suspected of burglary. Inside the glove compartment held receipts from getting gas and and maps that linked Bundy with Colorado ski resorts.
Carol Da Ronch identified Bundy as her attacker after she survived his incursion. Her testimony helped convict him of attempted kidnapping. During January of 1977, Bundy was extradited to Colorado for trial for his recent murder of Caryn Campbell. Bundy already faced prison time when he fled custody. He was on the run for eight days before he was caught. Bundy tried again with more success. Finding a place to stay near Florida State University, he found another hunting ground. On the night of January 15, 1978, Bundy intruded into the Chi Omega sorority house. Two of his victims were raped and killed, while another victim was severely injured from being beaten by his wooden club. Within an hour of leaving the sorority house, Bundy broke into another house. He beat another woman severely; she survived.
On February 6, Bundy was seen trying to abduct a school girl. Kimberly Leach, twelve, went missing from a nearby schoolyard. Her body was found during the first week of April that year. After his last known murder, Bundy fled to Tallahassee. He dumped his vehicle and stole a new one. He was almost arrested after being pulled over. While the officer was checking the plates of the stolen car Bundy fled the scene. He made it to Pensacola, Florida, where the plates were recognized by another officer. Bundy was chased before he pulled over and fled on foot. Bundy faked being shot when the officer opened fired on him. When the officer approached, Bundy jumped up and resisted the officer. But after a brief struggle, Bundy was caught again.
Ted Bundy was considered to be the devil, a monster, and an evil reincarnate. His murders were the biggest and most publicized trials during that decade. During his trial of the Chi Omega murders, Bundy was his own defense attorney. He believed he would be given a fair trial. Two events would help sway the jury against Bundy. First, Nita Neary witnessed Bundy fleeing the Chi Omega House. Neary pointed Bundy out while on the stand. Second was the testimony of Dr. Richard Souviron. Dr. Souviron reported bite marks on the remains of Lisa Levy, one of Bundy’s victims. Bundy showed no emotion as the jury ruled him guilty. It was later learned that Bundy had kept some of his victim’s heads at home as trophies. He also engaged sexually with some remains. Bundy was known for killing thirty-six people but is suspected to have killed more than a hundred.
Early morning, January 24, 1989, Ted Bundy was strapped into “Old Sparky,” an electric chair located in Florida State Prison. Cheers erupted from the crowds outside the prison after Bundy died. Some people even set off fireworks. Before his execution, Ted Bundy asked God for forgiveness and was saved. Bundy was cremated later. No public ceremony was held. At least four of his victims were killed in the Cascade Mountains where he requested his ashes to be scattered.
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