Netflix 'Conversations with a Killer': Ted Bundy had sex with corpses and kept severed heads as trophies
Ted Bundy also claimed that he would eat parts of his victims' bodies so that he could feel like they became a part of him as raping and murdering them 'wasn't enough' for him
Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy had a lot to boast about and he once famously described himself as "the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet". This is a pretty accurate description given the horrific things he did to the multitudes of women he preyed upon in the '70s. The crazed killer murdered an at least 100 women during his killing spree making him the deadliest killer the US has ever known.
While serial killers have been known to take home a "trophy" from their victims as a sick memento of their crime, Bundy trumped the rest in this department. After he bludgeoned or strangled his female victims to death, he would use a hacksaw to decapitate them and take the heads back to his apartment to keep as a souvenir.
Bundy would also sometimes spend the night with a corpse and was known to re-visit sites where he had earlier dumped some bodies to have sex with them. He would stop going to a site only after the animals had eaten away too much of the corpse.
Bundy was said to have displayed the severed heads of his victims in his home proudly and would even take care of them by washing their hair, applying makeup on their faces, and engaging in vile sexual acts with them. When he was questioned about the horrifying souvenirs he had, he replied: "When you work hard to do something right, you don’t want to forget it."
The American public was so disgusted by the crimes that his electrocution in January 1989 drew the largest crowd that has ever been seen outside of an execution chamber. Bundy confessed to murdering 30 women in total but, when federal agents asked him how many women were really his victims, he calmly told them: "Add one digit to that, and you’ll have it."
When the series of crimes first began in 1974, the authorities refused to believe that a charming law student without any criminal record, who also worked for the suicide prevention hotline at the time, could be involved with the growing number of disappearances in women. The fact that Bundy was secretly a master manipulator and a sex-obsessed killer completely escaped the radars of any and all law enforcement agency at the time.
The first known attack carried out by Bundy took place on the night of January 4, 1974 when he entered the basement bedroom of an 18-year-old student and bludgeoned her to death with a metal rod from her own bed frame. He then sexually assaulted the girl with the same rod and the vicious attack left the teen in a 10-day coma with permanent brain damage.
One month after this, with the taste of the previous assault still fresh in his mind, Bundy murdered his first victim. He broke into student Lynda Ann Healy's apartment, knocked her unconscious, dressed her up and carried her to his car. She was never seen or heard from again. Then, years later, a part of her skull was found at one of the locations where Bundy frequently dumped his bodies. It was a place that he himself described as "the person's own personal garbage dump".
The murders continued at a rapid pace for the rest of the decade with only a few years in between where he stopped the attacks to avoid detection. He would approach vulnerable young women in a leg cast or an arm sling and ask them if they could help him put something heavy in his car. When the women would go close enough after volunteering to help, he would knock them on the head, tie them up, rape them, kill them, and then finally dump their bodies in the woods.
Bundy later spoke about how he would spend the night in the woods with the corpses and that he would very often revisit the sites just so that he could have sex with the bodies until they were too far gone. Aside from taking the women's heads as grisly souvenirs, at times, he would also take their clothes and jewelry. It was later discovered that he even gifted these items to other women.
He also claimed that he would take Polaroid pictures of his victims sometimes that he posed in provocative positions to look like the pornographic material he remembered seeing as a child.
The serial killer then claimed that he would also eat parts of his victims' bodies so that he could feel like they became a part of him. He claimed that he wanted to "possess" them and that just raping and murdering them wasn't enough for him. He later spoke about his addiction to murder and described it by saying: "You feel their last bit of breath leaving their body. You’re looking into their eyes. A person in that situation is God!"
On the day of his execution, January 24, 1989, 42-year-old Bundy said that he was sorry for everything while wild crowds of drunk college students gathered outside chanting "Burn, Bundy, Burn". This should have been the end of Bundy's story but that wasn't the case. He finally got what he wanted all along as he became the focal point for many a documentary and film that continue to terrify minds the world over.
'Conversations with A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes' is currently on Netflix.