Did girlfriend's rejection lead serial killer Ted Bundy to commit rape and murder
If reports are to be believed, Ted Bundy's motivation to commit rape and murder of several women was his first girlfriend leaving him.
Ted Bundy had a grudge against his first girlfriend. She dumped him and he couldn't take it anymore. This started a series of terrible rapes and murders of women where all of his victims bore a striking resemblance to the girl that broke his heart.
In the 1970s, Bundy went on a rampage and murdered 30 college women spread across three different states. He admitted to these violent crimes and was sentenced to death. He also claimed responsibility for murdering many more women before he was finally caught and brought to justice.
In 1989, Bundy was recorded in a bunch of interviews where he talks about how he murdered the women. These interviews were recreated on CBS's show Voice of a Serial Killer. One expert examined these recordings and has determined what drove Bundy to become the notorious serial killer that he became.
Christoper Berry-Dee, a criminologist, and author, suggests that Bundy was motivated by a sense of rejection which was deep-rooted. He carried this feeling of rejection with him since the time his first girlfriend dumped him and that manifested into something more sinister.
"It was a slap in the face to Ted who was trying to become somebody special. He harbored a grudge," Berry-Dee told the Daily Mail.
It is claimed that he selected his victims because they look like 'carbon copies' of his first girlfriend. He kidnapped, beat, raped and mutilated these young women who were in the 'prime of their lives' and looked remarkably similar to his ex.
Berry-Dee pointed out that if you lined up all the victims together, you would think they were sisters. Bundy dated a very attractive brunette and he thought she would be his arm candy forever, but little did he know that she came from a very wealthy family and did not feel the same way about him.
Her father told Bundy not to see his daughter ever again and Bundy's ego and self-respect were hurt. For Bundy, this was an insult and he couldn't let it go.
Bundy slaughtered women in three different states, Florida, Utah, and Washington between 1974 and 1978. He victims had long, dark hair which was parted down in the middle. The pattern was clear, Bundy earned the trust of his victims before luring them to a secluded spot and then killing them.
The only reason why he was able to evade the authorities for so long was that he was always on the move and also. he dumped the bodies far from where he killed them.
Bundy decided to represent himself in court when he was finally caught. The media was in a frenzy when the trials took place. Bundy's trial is one of the very few which was televised.
Bundy was an incredible actor and he tried his best to spin the story to suit his own needs and get away with it. The judge that he got even commended him for putting on such a great show.
He would always try and charm his way out of being executed when he was incarcerated. He even tried to make a deal with the detective who was taking his interview by helping him catch an active serial killer.
Detectives were desperate to get more information on where Bundy had buried some of his victims, but Bundy was only interested in telling his story. The interviews that were made into a show are a good masterclass on how a serial killer tries to dominate anyone who listens to what they have to say.
Professor Michael Brooks, a forensic psychologist said, "He was always just delaying the process and actually getting the maximum benefit that he could obtain by being interviewed by the authorities and game playing with them. To an extent, he extended his life and in that he had the mental chess with the authorities."
In the end, Bundy never revealed where his remaining victims were buried and this left families heartbroken even after his execution. Experts are now saying he could've been responsible for 100 deaths.
Wow! Talk about holding a grudge.
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