Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ted Bundy-Serial Killer Profile #1

--I have always been interested in true crime and serial killers in specific.  I blame my Mother for this, since she has the same fascination.  It must be passed on from Mother to daughter because my daughter is the same.  She recently wrote a research paper on serial killers for school.

--Therefore, I decided it would be good idea to do some more in-depth research and start writing some profiles.

--Ted Bundy is one of the more notorious serial killers.  There were a lot reasons for this.  He was young, charming and loved the spotlight, choosing to represent himself during his trials.  All of his victims were young and beautiful.

--He was a notorious liar, so some of the details about who he killed are still in doubt, since he confessed different things to different people.

--He confessed to 30 murders, 20 of which are verified, but he is suspected of killing many more
--He murdered women in 6 states--Washington, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Idaho & Florida
--He escaped from prison twice
--He attacked 6 women in Florida after he escaped, 3 were murdered and 3 survived
--He represented himself during his trials, proving that a "man who represents himself has a fool for a client".
--The reasons/motive for killing have been attributed to his resentment towards his mother (who stuck by him to the very end), and that all the women he murdered looked similar to a girlfriend who devastated him by breaking up with him.
--He never knew the identity of his biological father, there is some suspicion that his grandfather was his real father, but this was never verified.
--His first victim is suspected to be Ann Marie Burr who was only 8 years old, he was only 14/15 at the time.  She disappeared on August 31, 1961, Ted was her paper boy and there were several other connections that make it very likely he was the killer.  He confessed to Detective Keppel that there were, "some murders" that he would "never talk about", because they were committed "too close to home", "too close to family", or involved "victims who were very young".

Books I've Read about Bundy:
--Ted and Ann: The Mystery of a Missing Child and her Neighbour Ted Bundy--Rebecca Morris
--The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story--Ann Rule

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