When it comes to serial killers and the shocking details of their horrible crimes, very few can compare to Ted Bundy. Not only was Bundy brutal slayer, but he also played the part of a completely normal, successful person on the outside - which made him all the more dangerous.
Ted Bundy was a clean-cut law student, had many girlfriends, was a member of the Washington State Republicans, and worked for a suicide prevention hotline. He was a master manipulator and had everyone around him fooled. Even after being arrested, he managed to escape custody twice and kept himself alive on death row by giving information in carefully calculated bits. Ted Bundy has been described as charming, handsome, and even sensitive, yet these things couldn’t be further from the truth.
He didn’t always wait for an opportunity to snatch women up off the streets. Ted Bundy actually broke into homes and dorm rooms to rape and murder women. On the night of January 4, 1974, Bundy broke into the basement bedroom of an 18-year-old student. He bludgeoned her with a metal rod from her own bed frame and raped her.
She survived but was already in a coma when her roommates found her. She suffered permanent brain damage.
On February 9, 1978, in Lake City, Florida, Ted Bundy kidnapped, raped, and murdered a 12-year-old girl named Kimberly Leach. He then dumped her body under a pig shed and skipped town.
Bundy also lured 12-year-old Lynette Dawn Culver away from her junior high school in Pocatello, Idaho. He abducted her and took her back to his hotel room, where he raped her, drowned her, and threw her body in a river north of Pocatello.
It wasn’t until an interview in the 1980s that Ted Bundy admitted the full extent of his sexual deviance to authors Stephen Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth. He said that after raping and killing women, he liked to spend the night with their corpses.
Bundy also kept the heads of 12 of his victims - he decapitated them with a hacksaw, washed their hair, applied makeup to them, and engaged in sexual acts with them.
After breaking out of jail and fleeing to Florida in January 1978, Ted Bundy broke into the Chi Omega sorority house at Florida State University and committed a brutal mass rape and murder within 20 minutes.
He bludgeoned 21-year-old Margaret Bowman to death with a chunk of firewood, then garroted her with a stocking. Next, he beat and strangled 20-year-old Lisa Levy. He sexually assaulted her with a bottle, ripped one of her nipples, and bit deeply into the flesh of her buttocks.
He then bludgeoned two other sorority sisters named Karen Chandler and Kathy Kleiner on his way out of the house. They were both so badly beaten that they suffered broken jaws, missing teeth, and lacerations. He got a few whole blocks away before breaking into another student’s house. He severely beat Cheryl Thomas with a club before calling it a night.