Ted Bundy

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Murder is the most vindictive crime society can commit. As individuals in society, the belief of being born a murderer is false. No one is born a murderer; society gives birth to that murderer. In Ted Bundy's case the lack of parental guidance and constant rejection of women contributed to him evolving into a vicious serial killer. Bundy was a man who let his fantasies run his life, he believed that life was a game. All this contributed to making Bundy revengeful, bitter, and not quite mentally stable. Bundy took countless numbers of young female lives in the 70's. This man seemed to have a highly unstable personality and was often confused in life, some have suggested that, "Bundy was insane and that he should have been in a mental institution." Bundy was executed in 1989 in Florida for his crimes, but the real question is what really made this vicious man tick? Ted Bundy went down in history as one of the most brutal serial killers of the 20th century (AP 10).

Ted Bundy was born on November 24, 1946 in Burlington, Vermont in a home for unwed mothers. His 22-year-old mother Eleanor Louise Cowell felt forced by the norms of society to have her parents raise Ted as their own and she portrayed herself to be her son's older sister. As for Ted's natural father Lloyd Marshall, who was an Air Force veteran was unknown to him throughout his life. When Ted turned four, his mother, Louise took him with her and moved to Tacoma, Washington where she married Johnnie Bundy. Ted Bundy felt nothing towards his stepfather, he was very bitter that he was forced to move across the continent from his grandfather, the only man he looked up to. Although, a psychiatrist had concluded after talking with Bundy year's later, that his grandfather was an abusive brute or even worse. As a young boy, Bundy had started becoming obsessed with females and obscure sexuality, "..as a boy, he was already roaming his neighborhood and picking through trash barrels in search of pictures of naked women" (Davis.) This seems to be the result of very poor to no parental guidance, he stated himself that he couldn't talk to his parents about many things. Ted Bundy had expressed feelings during an interview that, parental involvement and security is very important in a young child's life and that he never had that protection. Bundy was very shy as a youth and he was often bullied in junior high, as a result of he was subjected to humiliation often. Even though he was subjected to this kind of behavior he managed to maintain a high grade average throughout his education. Many say that Bundy was a very successful, pleasant student. Bundy's focus changed in the spring of 1967, when he met the woman of his dreams Stephanie Brooks. This relationship would change his life forever. Stephanie was Bundy's first love and he was infatuated with her to the point of obsession. Stephanie felt that Ted had no direction in his life and that he didn't know what he wanted and where he was going. Which is what lead to their breakup. Bundy was extremely depressed over their breakup, and to make matters worse Bundy learned the true about his "sister", that she was really his mother. This was in an addition to turning point in Bundy's behavior. "During this time in his life Bundy became possessed of a kind of icy resolve"(Duijndam.) Bundy went from a shy, sweet, and naive individual, to a dominant, focused, and revengeful person. Although, Stephanie and Bundy kept close contact after their breakup and they visited often. Around 1972 Ted's life seemed to emerge with higher hopes. Bundy sent out various applications for law schools and became involved in politics. Bundy was looked upon as a caring and respectful individual. "He was even commended by the Seattle police for saving the life of a three-year-old boy who was drowning in a lake" (Duijndam.) In 1973 Bundy had met up with Stephanie Brooks once again. Stephanie noticed the Ted's transformation resulting in a reconcile of their...
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