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Ted Bundy

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While a student at the University of Washington, Bundy fell in love with a wealthy, pretty and young woman from California. She had everything that he wanted: money, class, and influence; he was devastated by their breakup. Many of his later victims resembled his college girlfriend—attractive students with long, dark hair.

He had graduated from University of Washington with a degree in psychology in 1972 and had been accepted to law school in Utah. Bundy even got a letter of recommendation from the Republican governor of Washington after working on his campaign.

Around the same time that Bundy got accepted into law school, many women in the Seattle area and in nearby Oregon went missing. In addition, stories circulated about some of the victims last being seen in the company of a young, dark-haired man known as “Ted.”

He usually lured his victims into his car by pretending to be injured and asking for their help. He was an incredibly smooth talker and a very charming man. The women’s kindness usually was their downfall. Bundy finally moved to Utah in the fall of 1974 to attend law school, and at this time, women began disappearing there as well. The following year, he was pulled over by the police. A search of his vehicle uncovered a cache of burglary tools—a crowbar, a facemask, rope and handcuffs. He was arrested for possession of these tools whilst the police started to link him to darker crimes, and the missing women.

During the court cases, he decided to act as his own lawyer, thinking he was smarter than the cops and other lawyers. During a trip to the courthouse library, Bundy jumped out a window and made his first escape, he lasted for eight days before being caught.

In December 1977, Bundy escaped from custody again. He climbed out of a hole he made in the ceiling of his cell and even dropped more than 30 pounds to fit through the small opening. Authorities did not discover that Bundy was missing for 15 hours, which allowed him to head to Florida before the authorities even knew he was missing.

On the night of January 14, 1978, Bundy broke into the Chi Omega sorority house at Florida State University, and attacked four of the young female residents, killing two of them. On February 9, Bundy kidnapped and murdered a twelve-year-old girl named Kimberly Leach, showing him devolving and his kills getting sloppy, he was no longer the younger, charming, intelligent man who got away with murder for years.

Bundy was convicted for the two Chi Omega murders, the worst evidence came from him. He left bite marks on one of the bodies which was a definitive match for Bundy. This is something he would not have done when he was younger. Ted was given the death penalty twice for those crimes, and received another death sentence the following year in the murder of the twelve-year-old girl.

His last Words were: “I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”

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