40 Disturbing Facts About Ted Bundy
40 Disturbing Facts About Ted Bundy

40 Disturbing Facts About Ted Bundy

Trista - February 4, 2019

40 Disturbing Facts About Ted Bundy
Ann Rule in 1984 with “The Stranger Beside Me,” her best-selling 1980 study of the serial killer Ted Bundy. Doug Wilson/ NY Times.

10. Ann Rule Wrote A Book About Ted Bundy

Ann Rule wrote about many true crime stories and this included killers. One of her most popular books was about Ted Bundy and his life as a serial killer. Rule, who worked with Bundy at the suicide prevention hotline, titled her book, The Stranger Beside Me. The story received publication in 1980 and quickly became a best seller. In the text, Rule also discusses her reaction to Bundy’s crimes, which included not believing he committed the crimes.

40 Disturbing Facts About Ted Bundy
In a room at the Garfield County Jail in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Ted Bundy peers beyond the page of the book he is reading. Jerry Gay/ Herald Net.

9. Bundy Trained For His Killing Binges

Whether he treated murder like a sport because of his obsession or, to him, it really became a sport is unknown. What we do know is that Bundy trained for his killing sprees. He even had what he called an “off-season” where he would pick up different women and then let them go to keep his skills fresh. To Bundy, killing was like basketball or cooking and required regular practice.

40 Disturbing Facts About Ted Bundy
A handwritten letter by Bundy. Atoz Handwriting.

8. Ted Bundy Had A Fan Club While On Trial And In Prison

Several criminals have a fan club once they become famous. One of the most notable of these criminals, other than Charles Manson, is Ted Bundy. Even though Boone and Bundy remained married for the beginning of his final prison stay, women swarmed around everything Bundy. They would send him letters writing about how much they loved him and stood by him. Thousands of women around the United States called him hot and sexy.

40 Disturbing Facts About Ted Bundy
A white hearse leaved Florida State Prison, which contained the body of Ted Bundy who was electrocuted in Florida’s electric chair on January 24, 1989. AP Photo/ Mark Foley/ Crime Online.

7. Bundy Received The Death Penalty

On February 10, 1980, the day after Ted Bundy proposed and married Carole Ann Boone while she sat on the witness stand citing his innocence, the judge handed Ted Bundy his sentence. For the third time, the judge gave Ted Bundy death by electrocution. Both Boone and Bundy became irate and yelled, continuing to proclaim his innocence. However, nine years later, the third death sentence would go through.

40 Disturbing Facts About Ted Bundy
Carole Boone, Ted Bundy, and their daughter. De10.com.mx/ Peru.com.

6. Bundy Had A Daughter With Boone And Possibly Other Children

A year after Bundy and Boone married in court, Boone gave birth to a daughter, whom they named Rose. The Netflix documentary, “Conversations with Ted Bundy: The Ted Bundy Tapes” discussed that some feel that Ted Bundy. However, four years later, Bundy admitted to multiple murders making Boone divorce him. Since then the daughter changed her name and lived out of public eye. While this is Bundy’s only known daughter, many people believe he fathered more children.

40 Disturbing Facts About Ted Bundy
Ted Bundy leaving the Leon County, Florida court in 1979. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory/ Wikimedia Commons/ Public Domain.

5. Netflix Released A Documentary About Ted Bundy

On January 24, 2019, the streaming service Netflix released season one of the Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. This is a documentary series which features interviews of Ted Bundy while he sat on death row. Season one features four episodes that include archival footage and present-day interviews from those involved with Ted Bundy along with audio recordings. While the series seems to be a great hit on Netflix, it has also received a fair amount of criticism. Nonetheless, it’s a way to get inside the mind of serial killer Ted Bundy, if you want to.

40 Disturbing Facts About Ted Bundy
Zac Efron as Ted Bundy. The Wrap/ Sundance Institute/ Wikimedia Commons.

4. Once Again, Women Say Ted Bundy Is Hot

Recently, Netflix sent out a note asking for women to stop talking about how hot Ted Bundy is. The streaming service tweeted that there are thousands of hot men on Netflix and very few of them are serial killers. The streaming services do not understand why women are discussing the hotness of Ted Bundy, through creating memes, after viewing their documentary, Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. However, for some of these women, the meme could relate to Zac Efron, who is starring as Ted Bundy in an upcoming movie.

40 Disturbing Facts About Ted Bundy
FSU’s Chi Phi fraternity celebrated the execution of Ted Bundy with a large banner that read, “Watch Ted Fry, See Ted Die!” in 1989. Bettmann/ Getty Images/ All That’s Interesting.

3. People Celebrated After Ted Bundy Died

While some people protested the execution of Ted Bundy, most people celebrated his death. The man of pure evil finally received his death sentence, and by 6 a.m. the morning of his execution, people buzzed to the fence of the Florida State Prison. That morning, at least 500 people showed up around the time Bundy got his head shaved. Some people sold t-shirts about the event while others created “smoked” Bundy burgers to sell. In the Netflix documentary, interviewees state that people chanted “burn Bundy burn” and set off fireworks.

40 Disturbing Facts About Ted Bundy
Ted Bundy in a Miami courtroom in 1979. Donn Dughi / State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory/ Wikimedia Commons/ Public Domain.

2. Two Days Before His Execution Date, Bundy Confessed To 30 Murders

In the Netflix documentary “Conversations with A Killer” Bundy discusses they were able to come up with 30 murders he committed within seven states, which included California, Washington, Florida, Idaho, Utah, Oregon, and Colorado, between the years 1973 and 1978. After being asked, Bundy admitted to burying roughly ten of these victims. Hagmaier then asked Bundy around how many of the victims he beheaded. Bundy responded by guessing about 6 out of the 30. During this time, Bundy spoke about how he practiced necrophilia for the first time.

40 Disturbing Facts About Ted Bundy
SSA Bill Hagmaier and Ted Bundy during their final death row interview the night before his execution in 1989. United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation/ Wikimedia Commons.

1. Ted Bundy Received Execution By The Electric Chair

On the day of his execution, Bundy talked to Hagmaier about how he didn’t want them to kill him and said killing him is just society’s way of getting an eye for an eye. While people partied and awaited news of his death outside, Bundy continued to pray and read his Bible. During this time, Bundy started to show remorse by crying. Witnesses to Bundy’s execution state in the Netflix documentary that when Bundy walked into the death chamber, he looked white as a sheet. Ted Bundy died on January 24, 1989, at the age of 42.

 

Where did we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

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