|“||You feel the last bit of breath leaving their body. You're looking into their eyes. A person in that situation is God!||„|
|~ Ted Bundy|
Theodore "Ted" Robert Cowell Bundy (November 24th, 1946 - January 24th, 1989) was an American serial killer and psychopath. One of America's most notorious serial-killers and perhaps one of history's most well-known killers, he was active between 1974 to 1978. He is believed to have committed anywhere up to 100 murders, of which he confessed to at least 30. His preferred method of execution for his victims was bludgeoning and strangulation. He was also a rapist, a homophobe, a misogynist and a necrophile, traits that only served to make him more reviled in the eyes of the public.
Many of Bundy's young female victims regarded him as handsome and charismatic, traits that he exploited to win their trust. He would typically approach them in public places, feigning injury or disability, or impersonating an authority figure, before overpowering and assaulting them in secluded locations. He sometimes revisited his secondary crime scenes, grooming and performing sexual acts with the decomposing corpses until putrefaction and destruction by wild animals made any further interactions impossible. He decapitated at least 12 victims and kept some of the severed heads as mementos in his apartment. On a few occasions, he broke into dwellings at night and bludgeoned his victims as they slept.
Ted Bundy was eventually convicted of multiple murders and was executed in 1989 by the electric chair - however his legacy continued long after his death, as his name became associated with evil and depravity (like many serial-killers of history). Bundy was a manodepressive psychopath with co-morbid antisocial personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder.
Ann Rule, who wrote the book The Stranger Beside Me about Bundy, described him as "a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human's pain and the control he had over his victims, to the point of death, and even after." He once called himself "the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you'll ever meet." Attorney Polly Nelson, a member of his last defense team, wrote he was "the very definition of heartless evil.