Over a short four-year period, serial killer Theodore “Ted” Bundy cut a path of misogynistic violence across the United States. He abducted, raped and murdered at least 30 young women, and he used his personal charm to lull women into complacency before beating them and taking them off to their deaths.
Despite the brutality of his attacks, Bundy was no simpleminded brute. He had a degree in psychology, had studied law and was known for his politician-like good looks and easygoing personality. Even arresting officer Norman Chapma described him as “very personable, very charismatic, very un-alarming,” in an interview with Salt Lake City’s KUTV. To learn more about the case before the premiere of "Snapped Notorious: Ted Bundy" on Sunday, July 15 at 6/5c, watch these interview segments and news clips below:
1977 Interview With Ted Bundy Weeks Before His Escape
A bearded and bushy-headed Bundy professes his innocence while incarcerated at Garfield County Jail in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Bundy is cocky and jovial, laughing off the notion that he is behind the rape and murders of untold women. When asked if he has ever “physically harmed anyone,” he repeats the question back before saying “No,” then looks directly into the camera and gives a chilling grin. Weeks later, he would break out of prison and make his way to Florida, where he would kill, rape and maim again.
News Footage As Ted Bundy Is Captured In Pensacola, Florida
Denver’s KOA-TV reports on Bundy’s arrest in Pensacola, Florida, on February 15, 1978. Investigators describe his days on the run and how he passed himself off as a grad student, even going out on a dinner date with a women at his boarding house. She apparently didn’t realize she was eating with a psychotic murderer.
Ted Bundy Pleads Not Guilty
Bundy puts on a show for the cameras while his indictment is read to him.
“You’ve got the indictment. That’s all you’re going to get. Let’s read it. Let’s go,” he says defiantly.
As Leon County sheriff Ken Katsari reads the indictment aloud, Bundy turns to the camera and says, “Is this my chance to talk to the press? I’ll plead not guilty right now!”
Ted Bundy Takes The Stand In His Own Defense
Well-groomed and confident, Bundy is seen on the stand as part of his defense on July 3, 1979 and July 5, 1979 for the murders and attacks at the Chi Omega sorority house, which resulted in the deaths of Margaret Bowman, 21, and Lisa Levy, 20, and the vicious beatings of Kathy Kleiner and Karen Chandler, both 21. Leaning back in his chair, Bundy doesn’t seem to have a care in the world as he’s questioned about his initial arrest in 1975, which first put him on the police's radar.
Ted Bundy Is Sentenced To Death
CBS News announces Bundy’s death sentence on July 13, 1979 following his conviction on two counts of murder and five other felony counts.
Still holding onto the fallacy that he is innocent of the crimes, Bundy tells the court, “I’m not asking for mercy for I find it somewhat absurd to ask for mercy for something I didn’t do.”
Ted Bundy's Final Confession
Filmed the afternoon before his execution, Bundy talks with evangelical Christian author and psychologist Dr. James Dobson. Bundy discusses the influence of hardcore pornography and the sexually violent images on pulp detective magazines on his own psycho-sexual fantasies, which ultimately inspired to commit his own crimes.
Now staring down death, Bundy finally cops to killing scores of women, saying, “I’m not blaming pornography, not saying that it caused me to go out and do certain things. I take full responsibility for anything I’ve done, and all the things I’ve done."
The Crowd Cheers As Ted Bundy’s Hearse Drives By
On January 24, 1989, Bundy was led to the electric chair at Florida State Prison and at 7:16 AM was pronounced dead after being blasted with 2,000 volts of electricity for a minute straight. A rowdy crowd had gathered outside the prison, waiting to receive word that the hated serial killer was dead. As a white hearse took his body to the crematorium, video shows the mob erupting into ebullient cheers, an ironic turn for a man who took pleasure in causing so many women so much pain.
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