January 26, 2013
In the paragraphs below, I am going to link socialization references from the biography of serial killer Ted Bundy and the crimes he committed. I will use a description of his childhood, teenage years, family, and education to exemplify the Social Control Theory and neutralization theory. I am also going to express ways his horrific crimes could have been prevented. The conclusion of this paper is my opinion on the link between social forces and crime. Early Years
Theodore Robert Bundy was born on November 24, 1946 to Eleanor Louise Cowell as Theodore Robert Cowell. He was born at a home for unwed mothers in Vermont. His father remained unknown for the entirety of his life. To avoid the social stigmata of unwed single women with child Eleanor’s parents assumed the role of Ted’s parents and Eleanor his sister. In 1951 when Ted was four, he and Eleanor moved to Washington State where she began the role of his mother. A short time later Eleanor met Johnny Culpepper Bundy, with in the year they married, and Ted was adopted. This is also around the time Ted began to change, becoming emotionally distant from everyone. Ted had a difficult childhood, the strained relationship with stepfather, siblings, and mother he preferred isolation. In school, he was shy and not as wealthy as the others were, however academically he excelled were. These traits stuck with him through junior high. Once in high school it seemed Ted had blossomed, his popularity increased and was considered well-dressed and mannered young man. Despite his gain in popularity, he rarely dated. After high school, he attended college studying for a degree in psychology. It was during this time he met the girl that was everything he had dreamed about. She was Ted’s first love and sexual encounter; however, she did not have the same...