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Ted Bundy's Trail of Terror From the Beginning of Taking Life Until The End of
Serial killers tend to be white heterosexual males in their twenties and
thirties. While it is impossible to predict who will become a serial killer
there are traits that appear to be similar in all killers. These behaviors
include cruelty to animals, bedwetting, lying, drug and alcohol abuse, and a
history of violence. According to Robert Ressler et al., "serial homicide
involves the murder of separate of separate victims with time breaks between
victims, as minimal as two days to weeks or months. These time breaks are
referred to as a cooling off period." Because homicides involving multiple
victims is gradually becoming more commonplace, and to facilitate an
understanding of the aforementioned definition, it is helpful to differentiate
serial murder from other types of murder, such as mass murder, which
involves,"four or more victims killed within a short time span," and spree
killings, which Ressler et al. defines as "a series of sequential homicides
connected to one event committed over a time period of hours to days and
without a cooling off period."
Ted Bundy is one of the worst serial killers in history. His antisocial
personality and psychotic character made him feared across the country. After
all was said and done Ted left behind a trail of bloody slayings that included
the deaths of 36 young women and spanned through four states. The biggest
question in many people's mind was how could someone as intelligent,highly
accomplished, and praised as Bundy do such a thing?
Theodore Robert Bundy was born November 24th, 1946 in Burlinton, Vermont
to a 21 year old mother. Ted's mom never told him much about his father except
that he was in the armed forces and they had only dated a few times. Ted was
left in foster care for two months while his mom and parents decided what to do
with him. In 1946 an illegitimate child was extremely looked down upon by
society. Once they decided to keep Ted his grandparents told everyone he was
their adopted son. Ted knew who his biological mom was, but outsiders were told
that she was his sister.
Ted adored his grandfather. His grandfather was also particularly fond
of Ted. He remembered camping and fishing trips he and his grandfather would go
on. Other family members describe his grandfather as an ill-tempered tyrant. He
was racist, intolerant, and a perfectionist. He expected everyone to meet his
demands. His grandfather was also verbally abusive toward other family members
and physically abusive toward his wife. He also physically mistreated animals
including the family pet.
Ted's grandmother suffered from depression. It got so bad that she was
eventually treated with electroshock therapy. She also suffered from agoraphobia
and never left the house.
When Ted was three years old, his Aunt, age 15, said she awoke to find
him slipping butcher knives into the bed beside her under the covers. She told
him to leave and took the knives back. She said no one in the family did
anything about this. (Time Life)
The older Ted got, it became more difficult to hide his family's
identity and his secret mother. With this his mother moved to Washington where
she met and married John Bundy. At the time Ted was four years old. He was
adopted by John and his new parents had four children together.
From the beginning Ted did well in school. His teachers complimented him
on his good grades. But they also commented on Ted's inability to control his
violent temper. Friends recall Ted as one who would usually avoid fights,
though when provoked could explode with frightening violence and anger. Ted was
active in Boy Scouts and attended church regularly. He also held a part-time job
and made excellent grades. Ted just dated once during high school and was
described as shy.
It was around this time that Ted began sneaking out of the house and
peeping into windows. He became a "Peeping Tom." He
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