You’d be hard pressed to find a person over the age of fifteen who hasn’t heard the name Ted Bundy. He is one of the most infamous serial killers in the history of the United States. When Ted was fourteen years old, he encountered his first adult magazine, discarded in an alleyway by his house. Intrigued and excited, Ted quickly dived into the world of pornography—rough sex in particular.
It was the very year that many believe Ted committed his first murder. Ann Burr, an eight year old in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont, disappeared not far from a construction site where Bundy was sighted. Thus began his descent into the dark world of kidnapping, rape and murder.
He was first put on trial on August 16, 1975. He proposed marriage to Carole Anne Boone inside one of the many courtrooms he would visit. Even if you’re seen a Ted Bundy documentary or two, some of these quotes will still shock and shake you to your core.
1) “I think society deserves to be protected from me and others like me.”
During the 1970s, Ted led a trail of terror wherever he roamed. Targeting young women and sometimes adolescent girls, Ted would feign injury by wearing a fake leg cast or an arm sling and fumble with whatever he was carrying—compelling his target to come forward and help him. From there, he kidnapped most of them and proceeded to murder them by strangulation.
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Afterward, Ted typically had sexual relations with the corpse until it decayed enough to make this impossible. Ted said the aforementioned quote to psychologist James Dobson the day before his execution via electric chair on January 24, 1989. His statement indicates that Ted was acutely aware of the severity of his crimes.
2) “What’s one less person on the face of the earth anyway?”
During the 1970s, Ted made his way to Seattle, seeking new territory in which to claim his victims. After six women had disappeared from the city, the King County Sheriff’s Office grew increasingly concerned. The Washington State Department of Emergency Services (DES) was an agency that became involved in the search for said women.
Ironically, Ted was working for the DES and was a part of the search. It is during this time that Ted met Carole Anne Boone, who also worked for the DES. The two quickly started dating and later married in 1980—in the middle of Ted’s murder trial for Kimberly Leach.
Despite such apathetic statements like the quote above, Carole insisted that Ted was innocent. In October of 1982, Carole gave birth to a girl, claiming she was Ted’s, despite the fact that he was imprisoned. The Bundy family dissolved, however, after Ted admitted he was guilty after his third death sentence was scheduled.
3) “We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow.”
On June 11, 1974, Ted Bundy abducted and strangled an eighteen year old college student named Georgann Hawkins in Washington. During the struggle, Georgann lost both earrings and a shoe before Ted finally managed to get her into his car. On the following morning, Ted went back to where he had taken Georgann in an alleyway by her sorority.
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Despite the fact that there were already numerous police officers around, Ted had the audacity to enter the area and retrieve Georgeann’s earrings and shoe. As he recounted this particular murder to a detective named Keppel, Keppel was amazed at the level of detail Ted could provide even years later. She was amazed at how much hatred Ted had for all women.
4) “Society wants to believe it can identify evil people, or bad or harmful people, but it’s not practical. There are no stereotypes.”
Not only was Ted Bundy perceived as a very charming and charismatic man prior to his trials, he also had a talent for escaping and evading law enforcement officers. On June 7, 1977, Ted managed to flee the Pitkin County Courthouse during one of his preliminary hearings. He managed to elude police for six days.
In December of that year, Ted took advantage of low staff members at a Colorado Springs prison due to Christmas, and shoved his body through a crawlspace. He then proceeded to break through the ceiling and enter the chief jailer’s apartment where he walked out the front door. Ted traveled to Chicago, Ann Arbor, Michigan and onto Florida, where he proceeded to two women in the Chi Omega sorority in Tallahassee.
He was not apprehended again until February 15, 1978.
5) “I didn’t know what made things tick. 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.”
Ted was in and out of court multiple times. While there seemed to be many connections between him and several murder cases, primarily in Oregon, Washington and Utah, there often lacked sufficient evidence. Ted was given a death sentence three separate times, two of which were overruled due to technicalities.
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After the third and final sentence was schedule and Ted was denied an appeal, he began to give several interviews. The above quote was stated in regards to his time during high school. His inability to relate and empathize with his peers was an early indication of the horror that was to come.
6) “When you work hard to do something right, you don’t want to forget it.”
The above quote seems innocent enough in itself—but nothing about Ted Bundy is innocent. The serial killer was known for keeping the clothes of his victims in a plastic bag. As his killings continued, Ted would sometimes take Polaroids of his victims as mementos.
When this no longer sufficed, Ted turned to decapitation. He removed the heads of twelve of his known thirty victims, and brought them back to his apartment. Ted saw these severed heads as trophies for having successfully carried out the murders.
7) “I’m not gonna be in this room when that jury walks in. I’m not going through this and you knew that your honor. You know how far you can push me… You wanna make a circus? You got a circus. I’ll rain on your parade, Jack. You’ll see a thunderstorm. This will not be the pat little drama you’ve arranged.”
On February 9, 1978, Ted kidnapped twelve year old Kimberly Leach from her school in Lake City, Florida and murdered her. In January of 1980, Ted went to trial for the crime. After finding out the type of jurors the judge had selected, Ted became outraged, certain that he didn’t stand a chance.
The aforementioned quote was said in a rage to the judge.
8) “I just liked to kill, I wanted to kill.”
Overtime, Ted Bundy became more organized and systematic in his killings. When he first began in Utah, he would often impulsively break into homes and target women while they slept. He would then proceed to attack them with a blunt weapon and often sexually assaulted them with various objects.
As his rap sheet grew, Ted took more time to plan out his attacks. In later interviews, Ted said that killing women was not an object of lust for him, but of possession. He enjoyed raping them as it put him entirely in control, in possession of their bodies.
Killing also became a matter of possession. He would possess their life within his hands, and would later possess their bodies during his necrophilia explorations.
9) “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.”
On the day before Ted Bundy was sent to the electric chair on January 24, 1989, he was interviewed by James Dobson, a psychologist. It was during this interview that Ted discussed and lamented how his violent tendencies stemmed from pornography. He became interested in violent sex, which gradually became more and more graphic.
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Overtime, Ted found that watching and reading about violent porn was no longer enough. It no longer quenched his sexual appetite. It is then that he began to speculate whether or not participating in the act itself would make him feel any differently.
10) “You feel their last bit of breath leaving their body. You’re looking into their eyes. A person in that situation is God!”
Often times, Ted Bundy would abduct his victims and take them to a predetermined location near mountainous or forested terrain. He would then proceed to strangle or bludgeon his victims to death. While Ted did rape several women, most of his sexual acts were conducted after his victims had died.
He admitted that he often would spend the entire night with each corpse, having sex with them. He also had a peculiar habit of grooming his victims, from washing their hair to putting makeup and nail polish on them. Usually he would visit each corpse multiple times, performing the same sexual acts until putrefaction made such interactions no longer possible.