In case you missed the news, Zac Efron has been cast to play Ted Bundy in an upcoming film that is sure to give us all nightmares. So, who is the notorious necrophiliac and serial killer? Here’s what you need to know.
1.) Ted Bundy’s Total Murder Count Has Never Been Confirmed
Although he was convicted of murder and sentenced to the death penalty in 1980, Ted Bundy remained adamant that he was innocent. Six years later in April 1986, Ted finally confessed a “full range of depredations”, according to his Wikipedia page. Although it’s reported he only confessed to 30 murders over the course of his serial killing days, authorities believe he may have been responsible for even more than that. He was executed via electric chair in 1989 at 42 years old, so his final death toll may never be known.
2.) Ted Wasn’t Just A Murderer — He Was Much Worse Than That
Yes, there are things worse than murder, and Ted Bundy was guilty of them all. Not only did he murder numerous young women through the early to mid 1970’s, but he was also a necrophiliac. That means he liked to commit sexual acts with the corpses of his victims, which he later admitted to during his previously mentioned confession. Ted enjoyed being intimate with the corpses so much that he admitted to revisiting some of them quite frequently to continue doing so until putrefaction started. Putrefaction is the fifth stage of decomposition, in which the organs start to liquify and the skin and muscle tissues start to break down.
3.) He Got Married & Fathered A Daughter While On Trial
In 1974 while while kidnapping, assaulting and murdering at least one college-aged girl a month, Ted started a romantic relationship with Carole Ann Boone. Carole was one of Ted’s co-workers at the Washington State Department of Emergency Services, and later played a huge role in his life while he was on trial for multiple murders. During the trial, Ted, who was defending himself, questioned Carole on the stand as a character witness. While she was on the stand Ted asked her to marry him, she said yes, and he declared to the court that they were now legally married — as per a Florida law that allowed a declaration in a courtroom with a judge present constituted a legal marriage. In 1982, two years after Ted was sentenced to death, Carole gave birth to a baby girl, Rosa, claiming that Ted was her father. Though conjugal visits were not allowed at the time, it is believed that Ted and Carole bribed guards with cash to allow them “alone” time.
4.) Ted Escaped Capture Twice Before Being Convicted
The serial killer was first captured by authorities on August 16, 1975. After two years in captivity he escaped by jumping out of a second floor window in a courtroom library on June 7, 1977. He was captured again just days later on June 13, but managed to escape a second time on December 30 that same year. This escape was much more elaborate, as he somehow managed to acquire a hacksaw and used it to saw a one foot hole in the ceiling of his cell. He reportedly lost about 35lbs so that he could fit into the crawlspace, and when he finally did on the night of December 30 he was able to break through into the room above his cell which was an office. He changed into clothes that he found in the office and then walked out of the prison’s front door completely unnoticed.
5.) While In Jail, Ted Helped Capture Another Serial Killer
Believe it or not, Ted reached out to Robert D. Keppel, one of the investigators that helped put him behind bars, to “assist” with the capture of his alleged successor: The Green River Killer aka Gary Ridgway. Ted spoke candidly with Robert in 1984, one year after Gary first became a suspect in the killings, to offer his so-called “expertise” on the inner workings of a serial killer’s mind. Although it took 17 years to finally capture and prosecute Gary, Robert credited his discussions with Ted in 1984 to helping close the case.
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