Ted Bundy was a serial killer and rapist during the 1970s, who authorities believe killed more than 30 women across multiple states.
An intelligent and cunning man, Bundy would lure young women to his car, beat them unconscious, and take them to a new location to rape, torture, and murder them. During his trials he has notably posed as his own lawyer in court and managed to escape custody twice.
The Trials of Ted Bundy
Bundy was convicted and sentenced to the death penalty in July of 1979 following his murder of two Chi Omega residents at Florida State University. While on trial, he married mother Carole Ann Boone who eventually left him for good in 1986, taking their daughter Rose (sometimes called Rosa) with her. Florida prosecutors wanted to insure Bundy paid for his crimes, and made the unusual decision to try him for a third murder, that of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach, after he was already on death row. Ted Bundy was executed on January 24, 1989 by Florida’s electric chair after years of attempting to appeal his death sentence.
Ted Bundy and Pop Culture
The public’s fascination with Bundy continues 30 years after his execution, including the January 2019 release of a Ted Bundy biopic, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” starring Zac Efron as the serial killer. Fascinated by Bundy? Watch Oxygen’s “Snapped Notorious: Ted Bundy,” “Ted Bundy: In Defense Of” and read the articles below, which deep dive into all things Bundy, including what he studied in school and what happened with his first girlfriend.