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Ted Bundy was a brutal serial killer Essay. He was also very charming and handsome to
the ladies, which made it easier to prey on them. He admitted to killing over twenty
people just before his execution. Many families were relieved when he was finally
Ted Bundy thought of himself as very smart, because he was able to outsmart the
authorities multiple times throughout the years of being a serial killer ( Gerdes 41).
His victims of choice were young, college age, women ( Gerdes 128).
He was in
Colorado, on trial, for the brutal murder of a twenty-three year old woman. He used his
intelligent mind to escape the prison. He went on and made his way to Florida for no
apparent reason. He went to the Chi Omega House at Florida State University and
unleashed his wrath on some of the students. He killed one student named Lisa Leavy.
He also injured a couple other students severely.
One and a half hours later, just after visiting the Chi Omega House, Ted killed another student just six blocks away. Later, the police were trying to pull him over for a minor traffic violation when he fled causing them to chase him. Shortly, they realized he was in a car stolen from near the Chi Omega House. Just days before he killed a twelve year old girl. They finally caught him and he was arrested. After the Chi Omega incident two students dropped out and one committed suicide
Bundy acted as his own attorney, and was also very good at it (Gerdes 128).
He made himself look innocent through just about anything the authorities threw at him. Bundy helped himself out by saying he had been badly represented by counsel (“A Condemned” 49). The authorities believed he had killed at least forty people, but it was very hard to prove it. Dentists analyzed bite marks on one of the Chi Omega’s victim’s buttocks, and compared them to an oversized picture of Bundy’s teeth (Knappaman 655). It was determined that there was a considerable amount of similarities, and it was used against Ted as evidence. This was the first hard evidence the authorities had against him in the trial.
He sensed danger of being convicted and tried his best to cover it up, but failed. The police also innocent found knotted panty hose like those used to strangle previous victims at the Chi Omega House. They had finally found an eyewitness who was named Nita Neary, which helped a great deal. They finally proved him guilty with this evidence. After his conviction Bundy admitted to killing about twenty people, which included Debi Kent on November 8, 1974, and Nancy Wilcox on October 7, 1974.
On July 23, 1978, Ted was found guilty on multiple charges (Knappaman 655).
Later on in 1979, he was sentenced to death. He received his third death sentence on February 12, 1980, following his conviction of killing Kimberly Leach. He was convicted of three separate murders and sentenced to death in Starke, Florida, so other states did not pursue any further charges. At age forty two on January 24, 1989, Ted Bundy was executed by electric chair in Starke, Florida.
Bundy was a sick man. He had some sort of bad problem, and decided to take it out on innocent victims.
Some students had their entire lives changed in ways they had never even thought of. When he was executed, it didn’t make all the pain and suffering go away, but it helped out greatly. .