Killing In the News: The Ted Bundy Blog

“Murder is not about lust and it’s not about violence. It’s about possession. When you feel the last breath of life coming out of the woman, you look into her eyes. At that point, it’s being God.”

If you don’t remember who said this creepy quote, it came from the disturbing mind of Ted Bundy, one of America’s most notorious serial killers of the 20th century.

Bundy was a serial murderer, rapist and necrophile during the 1970s. During the ‘70s, Bundy admitted to killing 36 young women throughout numerous states. Others believe that his kill total was closer to 100 or even more. No one exactly knows how many Bundy truly killed.

Bundy’s first trial was in Utah in February 1976 for an aggravated kidnapping Carol DaRonch, but wasn’t sentenced until June. He also had charges filed against him for the murder of Caryn Campbell in October, which led him to being extradited to Colorado in April 1977. He eventually escaped from a library on June 9th, but was caught by police eight days later.

In December of ‘77, Bundy managed to escape once more through a ceiling panel while pending trial. He took a flight to Chicago and then to Tallahassee, Florida. He struck again at Florida State University in January of ‘78, sexually abusing four students with two of them dying of injuries.

In February 1978, Bundy had murdered his last known victim, 12-year-old Kimberly Leach. A few days later, Bundy was finally captured by police and taken to his second official trial.

At Bundy’s second and third trials in July 1979 and February 1980, it was determined that Bundy was to be put to death by the electric chair. After spending 10 years in jail, he was eventually executed via electric chair on January 24, 1989 at the Florida State Prison. People cheered and set off fireworks outside of the prison after Bundy was executed.

Although I just gave a little history lesson, I found his story and the procedures of his cases important and interesting. The Deseret News displays a whole timeline beginning in 1978 after the Chi Omega murders to Bundy’s death in 1989. After being charged with the Chi Omega and Kimberly Leach murders, Bundy went back and forth between going to trial and attempting to appeal his convictions. After a decade of this, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Bundy for good.

Along with the history of Ted Bundy, there were plenty of websites that gave me a lot of helpful information, both from news sites and blog sites. Even though Bundy was back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, the media was all over Bundy’s case, just like today’s subjects.

At The History of Journalism, it explains that Bundy’s case was the first to be televised nationally. It was covered by 250 reporters on five continents. It also claims that the reporting world had a “love affair” with Bundy, because of the many headlines and personality put into them.

What disturbs me a little is that people are obsessed with Bundy. They create their own blogs talking about how they “somehow” connect with the serial killer. Even on A&E’s site, there is an article talking about how Bundy is considered the “sexiest serial killer”…Seriously? Are these people for real?

I also found an article from the LA Times from 1989, written days after Bundy’s death. Mark Pinsky wrote the article about an interview he had received with Bundy in a Florida county jail a decade before his death. I found this interesting, as Pinsky talked about the feelings and emotions he felt while speaking with Bundy.

Pinsky was almost persuaded that Bundy didn’t commit the murders, just by the way he talked. People didn’t realize that although Bundy had murderous intentions toward women, he was actually an intelligent human being.

Ted Bundy’s Last Interview with Dr. James Dobson

There are plenty of websites and blogs out on the Internet, but I’ll let you discover those if you are interested in Bundy. Overall, I thought the sites I found were pretty accurate when reporting on Bundy. A lot of them include the history of his life, murders, numerous trials, intelligence and his personality.

A lot of the sites that aren’t a part of major companies (A&E and LA Times) were simple. There were no crazy color schemes, the navigation was easy and the site itself was very easy to use. They had tabs at the top of the pages, leading you to other sections of the site. The sides had other related articles or advertisements. Although they weren’t big and popular websites, they worked perfectly for my post.

Whether it was a well-known news site or someone’s opinion on a random blog, it’s hard to find inaccurate information on Ted Bundy. As one of the most notorious serial killers in history, people want to report the truth and others want to read the truth. Obviously, there can be some wrong information out there, but my research proved truthful.

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