Ted Bundy confessed to killing 30 women and girls before he was put to death in 1989. Between 1974 and 1978, he committed the crimes. But his attacks may go back even further, and the total number of people he kidnapped, raped, and killed may be even more. As well as being known for his heinous crimes, Bundy married a former coworker while he was on trial for murder. He used a law in Florida that allowed a declaration of marriage in front of a judge to count as a legal union.
In the beginning, Bundy was a shoplifter and a burglar. “The big payoff for me was actually owning whatever it was I had stolen,” he said later, while he was on death row. “The ultimate thing to have was, in fact, to kill yourself.” After he was arrested for the first time, Bundy escaped from prison not once, but twice. After his second escape, he fled Colorado and went to Florida, where he killed at least two more women and a 12-year-old girl, injured many more people, and was caught more than a month after he ran from the law.
During a court hearing, Bundy said that he was “the most heartless son of a scumbag you’ll ever meet,” and his own defense lawyer called him “the very definition of heartless, evil.” It wasn’t the only thing about him that was weird. He was a necrophiliac who kept the severed heads of some of his victims in his apartment as trophies. People still talk about how attractive he was on Twitter, even though some people don’t like him now. Even on TikTok, jokes and discussions about the serial killer have been making their way around the site. Many of the people who use the platform were born after Bundy died, but the public has been fascinated with him and his crimes for generations.
The Stranger Beside Me By Ann Rule
This is what it would be like to be a true crime writer and find out that your friend is one of the most prolific serial killers in American history. When Ann Rule, who has been called “America’s best true-crime writer” by Kirkus Reviews, wrote a book about a murder, it was called “the best in the world.” In 1971, she worked with Ted Bundy at a hotline for people who were suicidal. In years to come, she found out that the man she thought of as “kind, caring,” “solicitous,” and “empathetic” had killed many people in gruesome ways. When she wrote a book about their relationship and what it was like to learn that someone you thought you knew was a stranger all along, it was a big hit.
The Riverman By Robert Keppel
On death row, Ted Bundy reached out to police and said he could help them find the “Green River Killer,” who had killed dozens of women in Washington state. After a few years, Robert Keppel wrote a book about his work on the case. It shows as much about Bundy’s own twisted personality as about the Green River Killer, who was finally caught and identified in 2001.
The Encyclopedia of the Ted Bundy Murders By Kevin Sullivan
Ted Bundy killed at least 30 women, which led to two escapes and a lot of court cases. His crimes went on for years and crossed many state lines. There were a lot of people involved, including people who knew Bundy, the people who tried to find him, and the people who both prosecuted and defended him. With so much going on, it can be hard to keep everything straight. Find out everything you need to know about Bundy in this A-Z encyclopedia. You can find out about his victims, his allies, and those who tried to stop him.
The Trail of Ted Bundy By Kevin Sullivan
Author Kevin Sullivan, who calls himself a “Bundy expert,” tries to tell the stories that haven’t been told about Ted Bundy by interviewing the people who worked on his case, the people who knew him in real life, and the people who knew and loved the people he killed. So, he paints a more complete picture of both Bundy and the world around him, including many new facts and details that have never been seen before.
The Bundy Secrets By Kevin Sullivan
One thing is hearing about Ted Bundy’s years-long crime spree after the fact, but when we can put everything together and come up with something that at least looks like a timeline, it’s different. In terms of what it was like to look into the case as it happened, how did it feel? In his third book about the killer, “Bundy expert” Kevin Sullivan gives us a rare look at the actual case files, which are shown in chronological order. Now, you can follow the investigations into Bundy’s crimes as they happen, and get a sense of what it was like to try to solve a case like that.
Ted Bundy’s Murderous Mysteries By Kevin Sullivan
Late in Ted Bundy’s life, he tried to get out of being executed by trading “bones for time,” which meant telling the police where bodies were in exchange for a short-term reprieve. In this case, does that make sense? Is there a lot of bodies out there that we don’t know about? We may never find out.
Bundy was put to death in 1989, after he told the police about some good leads and sent them on a few wild goose hunts that didn’t lead anywhere. In Ted Bundy’s Murderous Mysteries, author Kevin Sullivan looks into the many unanswered questions about the killer’s case. He shows that what we don’t know can be just as scary as what we do.
The Phantom Prince By Elizabeth Kendall
During the fall of 1969, Ted Bundy began a relationship with Elizabeth Kendall. It would last through his killing sprees and even into his time in prison. When she wrote a book, she told people what it was like to have Bundy in her life, both before and after he was charged. The original version of this memoir was written in 1981, while Bundy was still in prison. In a new, expanded version, Kendall’s daughter from a previous marriage, who thought of Bundy as a father figure for many years, also writes.
Defending the Devil By Polly Nelson
I was born to be Ted Bundy’s lawyer, says Polly Nelson, one of the last of Bundy’s lawyers, who tried for three years to keep him from being put to death by electric chair. In her memoir of the case, she makes no excuses for her client’s evil deeds or “absolute misogyny.” Even though she calls him “the very definition of heartless evil,” she still maintains a humanist slant and a strong argument against capital punishment.