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Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
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Ted Bundy Case Study
Ted Bundy Case Study
Natalie Gately
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Running head: CASE STUDY: TED BUNDY

Case Study: Ted Bundy
Kerri-Anne Jeremiah
Edith Cowan University

Abstract

Ted Bundy was a very attractive and well educated man; little did everyone know that behind his appealing physics that a serial killer lurked underneath. It was because of his good looks and charm that Ted Bundy was able to evade police for many years until a few small errors finally lead police straight to him.

There are certain theories in psychology that can be linked to Ted Bundy and certain key aspects of his life can be believed contributed towards his criminal and violent behavior. The two keys theories that can be linked to Ted Bundy are the Modeling theory and the psychodynamic or hydraulic model.

Introduction
Ted Bundy believed to have evaded justice for many years, travelling around the United States, killing and torturing girls because of his good looks and charm (Bio). No one saw signs of a psychopath being hot-headed, manipulative, exploitative, irresponsible, self-centered, shallow, unable to bond, lacking in empathy and anxiety, which is what Ted Bundy has been described (Tanay, 2009). He was a man of six feet Navy brown hair and believed to have penetrating eyes. Bundy was a high achiever, graduation from University of Washington with honors in psychology, and was very involved in both politics and the community, even working as a volunteer for the Seattle crisis hotline, counseling people who were contemplating suicide and had other problems. No one thought to imagine that behind this entire exterior was a serial killer waiting to surface (Philbin & Philbin, 2009). This case study will look into the life of Ted Bundy and try and determine what key life events may have contributed to his offending later on in life. It will seek to use psychological theories to support link between key life events and Ted Bundy’s offending behavior. The theories that this case study will focus on are social learning theories the psychodynamic or hydraulic model and modeling.

Offence
It was July 31st 1979 that Ted Bundy was charged by the state of Florida for Burglary of Dwelling, and furthermore two counts of murder in the first degree. It was then authorized by section 775.082 (1) he be sentenced to death by electrocution.

It was further considered that as to count one of the indictments that he be imprisoned by confinement in the state penitentiary for a term of 99 years (wikimedia).

Early Childhood
Born Theodore Robert Cowell later to be later known as Ted Bundy was born on November 24, 1946 to Louise Cowell. With his father unknown to him, Bundy was born in the Elizabeth Lund home for unwed mothers. Growing up Ted Bundy was always led to believe that his grandparents were his parents and his mother his sister. This deception was told to Ted Bundy to protect his unwed mother from any shame or prejudice. He then moved with his moher to Tacoma, Washington which is where his mother would soon meet and marry a military cook named Johnnie Culpepper Bundy, with Ted taking on his step fathers last name. Later in the years Ted Bundy gained 4 siblings to his stepfather. Over the years Ted’s stepfather tried many a times to form some kind of bond with him, no matter what he attempted he was always unsuccessful as Ted continued to remain emationally detatch (Bell). With all the attempts that Johnnie made to become closer and form a closer bond with Ted he still remained and preffered to be alone. This desire to be alone according to Michaud and Aynesworth could have possibly led to his later inability to confortably...
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