Theodore Robert Cowell, born November 24, 1946
Burlington, Vermont, United States
Theodore Robert Bundy, Ted Bundy, Chris Hagen, Richard Burton, Officer Roseland, Rolf Miller
Ted Bundy was born Theodore Robert Cowell at the Elizabeth Lund Home For Unwed Mothers in Burlington, VT, to Eleanor Louise Cowell. A bastard child, Ted was raised to believe that his grandparents were his birth parents, and his mother was his older sister. Ted didn’t find out the truth about his family until he was already in college.
Speculation exists that suggests Ted was driven into his murderous frenzy due to the knowledge of his true parentage, however, Ted was known to readily dismiss any gossip about him or attempts to analyze him, no matter how logical the claim.
How to describe Ted Bundy in five words? Narcissist, necrophiliac, paedophile, murderer, sociopath.
Why were Ted’s victims so similar (pretty, young, dark-haired girls who wore their hair parted down the middle)? According to Ann Rule in her book, “The Stranger Beside Me,” Ted was obsessed with his former college girlfriend, Stephanie Brooks, who allegedly broke his heart because she didn’t believe Ted was good enough for her (had long dark hair which she parted down the middle). Distraught by this revelation, Ted then discovered the truth about his childhood shortly thereafter, and his crime spree began not long following.
Ted dismissed Ann Rule’s observation about the haunting similarity of each of his victims, stating that they were all very different, and they just fit the mold of standard, good-looking girls.
Why didn’t Ted kill his former girlfriend Stephanie when she rejected him? Instead, he pushed forth in his studies, and was accepted into law school. He had even moved on romantically, and had a good job working the phones at a Seattle crisis center where he worked with then budding author Ann Rule, but his desire for revenge drove him to lead a double life.
After winning Stephanie back, even though he was already involved with another girl, Ted proposed marriage. Upon Stephanie’s acceptance, he dumped her.
One might wonder how Stephanie Brooks feels now that she knows all this about her former college sweetheart.
Overall, it is unknown how many women Ted Bundy actually killed during his time as a predator. Some say 36, some say over 100. In the end, Ted Bundy earned the reputation as one of America’s most prolific serial killers.
The night before Ted was scheduled to be executed, in a taped interview granted to Dr. James Dobson, Ted blamed pornography for his violent urges, saying that it was his profound sexual desire that drove him to kill.
After a sit in Florida’s “Old Sparky,” Ted was pronounced dead at 7:16AM on January 24, 1989.
People gathered outside the prison for the event. When Ted Bundy was pronounced dead, the crowd cheered.
“I want to master life and death.”
“I just liked to kill, I wanted to kill.”
“What’s one less person on the face of the earth, anyway?”
“Sometimes I feel like a vampire.”
“I don’t feel guilty for anything. I feel sorry for people who feel guilt.”
“Personalized stationary is one of the small but truly necessary luxuries of life.”
“We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow.”
“There’s gonna be people turning up in canyons and there are gonna be people being shot in Salt Lake City because the police there aren’t willing to accept what I think they know, and they know that I didn’t do these things.”
“There’s no question about it. The FBI’s own study on serial homicide shows that the most common interest among serial killers is pornography. Well-meaning, decent people will condemn the behavior of a Ted Bundy, while they’re walking past a magazine rack full of the very kinds of things that send young kids down the road to be Ted Bundys. But I’ll tell you, there lots of other kids playing in streets around this country today who are going to be dead tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day and month, because other young people are reading the kinds of things and seeing the kinds of things that are available in the media today.”
“Listen, I’m no social scientist, and I haven’t done a survey. I don’t pretend that I know what John Q. Citizen thinks about this. But I’ve lived in prison for a long time now. And I’ve met a lot of men who were motivated to commit violence just like me. And without exception, without question, every one of them was deeply involved in pornography.”
“I didn’t know what made people want to be friends. I didn’t know what made people attractive to one another. I didn’t know what underlay social interactions.”
“You feel the last bit of breath leaving their body. You’re looking into their eyes. A person in that situation is God!”
“The fantasy that accompanies and generates the anticipation that precedes the crime is always more stimulating than the immediate aftermath of the crime itself.”
“I haven’t blocked out the past. I wouldn’t trade the person I am, or what I’ve done, or the people I’ve known – for anything. So I do think about it. And at times it’s a rather mellow trip to lay back and remember.”
“I’m as cold a motherfucker as you’ve ever put your fucking eyes on. I don’t give a shit about those people.”
“You don’t need these handcuffs. I’m not going anywhere.”- What he said after being convicted of aggravated kidnapping in Utah. (He later escaped custody twice.)
“But I’m the most cold-hearted son-of-a-bitch you’ll ever meet.”- Responding to a detective who was trying to obtain the whereabouts of victim Kimberly Leach’s corpse.
“No. Absolutely not. It’s important for me. It’s important for my credibility because there is so much question about my credibility.”- His response when asked if he had killed 8-year-old Anne Marie Burr, who lived near Ted Bundy when he was 15-years-old.
“I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”- His last words before his execution.