America’s Most EVIL Serial Killer – Ted Bundy


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online. Today we will again be entering the realm
of the macabre. We’ve already featured some despicable men
in our other shows on killers, but perhaps today’s focus beats the other serial killers,
hands down, in view of his sheer murderousness. What’s perhaps more surprising is that today’s
serial killer was an educated fella, and in appearance could have been the quiet boy next
door, or the guy who sat opposite you in the office. This is one of the reasons he was able to
gain the trust of the people that he brutally killed. He plagued the streets of the USA in the 1970s,
and it’s thought he committed even more crimes than he admitted to. So, without further ado, welcome to this episode
of the Infographics Show, America’s Most EVIL Serial Killer – Ted Bundy. Ted Bundy was born on November 24, 1946. His life ended in Florida’s electric chair
on January 24, 1989. His last words were, “Jim and Fred, I’d
like you to give my love to my family and friends.” He didn’t ask for any kind of special final
meal, so he was given the standard meal for Florida’s death row, which was steak, eggs,
hash browns, toast with butter, jelly, milk, coffee and juice. According to reports, he didn’t touch any
of it. Bundy denied killing women at first, and fought
the charges for around a decade. He even married a girl while he was on trial,
but she gave up on him when the truth came out. Ted had a strange start in life, as his young
mother was ashamed she had him out of wedlock, and so young Ted grew up believing a lie he
had been told, that he was actually the adopted son of his grandparents and that his mother
was his sister (he discovered the truth later in life). He would never know his father. Stories differ as to what his household was
like, but it seems his grandfather had violent rages and that his grandmother was often an
unhappy victim of those rages. While Ted was handsome and apparently easy
to talk to, he would later admit that he found making friends difficult. “I didn’t know what made people want to be
friends,” he once said. “I didn’t know what underlay social interactions.” He did normal things any young man might do,
such as go to church and date women. He had girlfriends, but upon any kind of rejection,
he would seek vengeance. He went to university, but it seems he was
often distracted or not interested in the subject matter. It seems psychology was his thing, and he
graduated with honors from the University of Washington in 1972. He even worked on the phones at a suicide
prevention hotline center, and again, he seemed to his colleagues like a normal sort of guy. Soon after this he enrolled in Law School
and became the assistant director on the Seattle Crime Prevention Advisory Commission. One of the most unsettling things he did while
working in this position was write a pamphlet offering women advice on how to prevent being
raped. Bundy of course would become a serial rapist. In fact, he probably already had raped by
then. So, why do we use the superlative “most”
evil? Well, firstly it’s thought that Bundy killed
many more people than he admitted to killing. He admitted to murdering at least 30 women,
but some people believe he may have killed as many as 100 women. Bundy told different people different stories,
but police investigating him believed that the killing may have started when he was just
a teenager. This is just speculation, though. It’s widely believed that he kidnapped and
killed an 8-year-old when he was just 14, but there is no significant proof and Bundy
always denied that. We can say the real proof of his villainy
start in 1974, when Bundy was 27 years old. We can’t go into details about every murder,
because there are too many and we feel that some of the crimes are just too gruesome to
describe to you. We will say that he chose young women, usually
students. He would often attack them with an object
while they were sleeping, bludgeoning them to death or close to death. After this he would sexually assault them. On other occasions it’s thought he would
gain women’s trust just because he knew how to talk, and sometimes he would wear his
arm in a sling to give the women the feeling he was injured and so perhaps not very dangerous. Bundy would often decapitate his victims and
sometimes keep the heads as a kind of trophy. Sometimes he would keep the bodies of his
victims, even grooming them and applying make-up to them, and also performing certain acts
with their lifeless bodies. This makes him a necrophiliac, perhaps something
99.99 percent of people on this planet just cannot understand. Many of his victims’ bodies were never found. Did he have a conscience? He told police that he actually intended not
to kill one of his victims, a 16-year old girl, and that he planned to allow her to
go after he had sexually assaulted her. According to him, he wanted to give-up killing. But he told the cops that he had “accidentally”
strangled her to death as he was trying to stop her screaming. But one of the worst things, is that Bundy
was actually on the radar of the police for some time, but they just needed more evidence
to arrest him for murder. It’s likely they had no idea as to the extent
of his viciousness. In 1976, he was charged with kidnapping and
assault, and a year later he was charged with murder. In prison, it seems escape was always on his
mind, and at one point while serving time in Utah State Prison, he was found hiding
outside the prison yard with a bag containing what was called an “escape kit.” Bundy
was in some ways very smart, and he outfoxed authorities on many occasions. In 1977, he was sent to Pitkin County Courthouse,
whereupon he asked to go to the library. He had chosen to defend himself, given his
law experience, and so did not have to wear shackles and handcuffs. He said he wanted to visit the library to
do some research. Whoever gave him permission to do so must
have regretted it for the rest of his or her life, because Bundy jumped out of a window
and ran. He headed towards Aspen Mountain and found
an old abandoned cabin in the woods. Six days later he was recaptured, was tired,
hungry, and in pain, due to a sprained ankle that resulted from his window-jump. Believe it or not, Bundy would escape again,
but he would get much farther, relying on stolen cars and stolen food. After his next escape, he headed to Florida,
and once settled, he went over to Florida State University’s Chi Omega sorority house. There he walked into dorms where female students
were sleeping. He attacked four women in the space of 15
minutes (some sources say more like an hour), bludgeoning them and assaulting them in other
ways. He killed two of them and left the other two
with serious physical injuries and psychological scars that would last a lifetime. The community was in shock, and notices were
left around campus warning students to keep their windows and doors locked. Years later, one of the surviving girls told
The Washington Post: “I looked hard at him, but to this day I remember nothing.” Bundy had used a blunt object to savagely
and quickly beat the girls unconscious. At the time of the report, Bundy hadn’t
yet been executed. One of his victims, still bearing the scars
of his attack, was asked if she wanted to see him die. “He never gave any of us a ‘stay’,”
she said. “The biggest injustice is that Margaret
and Lisa had to die so violently, so young. It hurts all the time.” But she added, “Being a Christian, it is
very difficult to watch him die.” It’s thought Bundy killed a young girl of
12 shortly after the attacks at the sorority house. He was later picked up for driving a vehicle
listed as stolen. He tried to run, but to no avail. The cop who arrested him had no idea who he
had got in his car. Apparently, on the way to jail, Bundy told
the cop, “I wish you had killed me.” Films and documentaries have been made about
this maniac, and you can even watch interviews of him on YouTube. Most people think he was a classic sociopath. He seemed to fly into rages, had a very high
view of himself, could be very charming and articulate, and seemed to have a distinct
lack of empathy. In one interview, Bundy blames not himself,
but pornography, for leading him down a very rotten path. He said it was possession that made him want
to kill, the possession of taking a life, and later of keeping the body. He would keep some bodies for days, assaulting
them up until the bodies became putrefied. All kinds of psychological diagnoses have
been made to describe Bundy, ranging from psychopathy, bipolar disorder, multiple personality
disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder, but
we will let you decide what drove this demon to do the things he did. Well, we don’t know about you, but after that,
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