10 Weird Facts About Ted Bundy’s Childhood

10 Weird Facts About Ted Bundy’s Childhood

This is the second article in a series on serial killers. How does a killer become a killer? Once upon a time, they were born, held, named, taken pictures of. What kind of childhood helps to produce serial killers? In knowing this, perhaps these conditions could be avoided…

Theodore Robert Bundy was born November 24, 1946 and was executed on January 24, 1989.  He fits the typical “American serial killer” role to a tea — white, male, in his 20’s or 30’s with an atypical childhood.  He went on a three year killing spree killing numerous young women.  He eventually confessed to 30 murders although many suspect that the number was higher and some suspect the number was much much higher.  He used his good looks to lure victims and often pretended he was injured or was an authority figure such as a police officer.  He was found guilty of 30 murders of young women and was sentenced to death.  His last words were:  “I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”  Then, he was executed in the electric chair.

What kind of an upbringing would allow a child to turn into a man such as Ted Bundy?  While I am neither condoning nor belittling the agonizing pain of his victim’s and their families, such behaviour does give one pause for thought.  Are some people born evil?  Are they raised to become evil?  I believe it’s a little of both.  Bundy definitely lead a different childhood.  Here are ten weird facts about young Ted Bundy’s life.

  1. Ted Bundy was not his birth name.

    He was born Theodore Robert Cowell and remained so for a few years.  After he moved to Tacoma with his mother, she changed his last name to Nelson.  Within a year after that, his mother Louise Cowell met Johnnie Culpepper Bundy.  They later married and Johnnie Bundy legally adopted Theodore and changed his last name to Bundy.

  2. Ted Bundy thought his mother was his sister for many years.

    He was born at a home for unwed mothers.  To avoid the social stigma of having an illegitimate grandchild born to a young mother, his grandparents claimed him as their own.  They told young Ted that Louise was his sister and not his mother.  He did not discover the truth of his maternal parentage until at least the end of high school or perhaps in the first couple years of college.

  3. No one is really sure who his biological father was.

    His mother gives two different stories for this.  The name on his birth certificate was Lloyd Marshall.  However, she later spoke of being seduced by a war veteran named Jack Worthington.  There is one other option, however.  Some members of Bundy’s family think that his grandfather may also be his biological father.  He was  mentally unstable, violent and abusive.  He would also fly into a rage if anyone spoke of Ted’s biological father.

  4. He showed violent tendencies as young as three years old.

    His Aunt Julia, Louise’s younger sister, recalls incidents of laying down for a nap in her home and waking up to find knives surrounding her and a smiling three year old Bundy at her side.  This paints an eerie, strange picture of a toddler arranging knives around his sleeping aunt.

  5. Bundy’s grandfather (who he thought was his father and indeed may have been) tortured animals.

    Bundy describes incidents of his grandfather Samuel abusing the family dog.  He also claimed that Samuel would swing neighbourhood cats around by their tails.  Ted himself has been said to torment animals with knives.  He would mutilate animals with the knives which seemed to fascinate him so much.

  6. Young Ted was active in the Methodist Church and even served as Vice President of the Methodist Youth Fellowship.

    He was also involved in the Boy Scouts of America club.  Although later he stated:  “I didn’t know what made people want to be friends.  I didn’t know what made people attractive to one another. I didn’t know what underlay social interactions.”  He was often described as shy and introverted at this age.

  7. His criminal activities began before he finished high school.

    He was a habitual liar.  He compulsively stole and shoplifted.  He later claimed that he was also involved in voyeurism at a young age specifically by peeping into windows.  He was arrested twice as a juvenile but the records were later expunged.

  8. He majored in Psychology in University and graduated with a degree in 1972.

    He started taking classes upon his graduation from high school in 1965 in Psychology and Oriental Studies.  After a serious girlfriend broke up with him for his lack of ambition, he rededicated himself to Psychology and earned his degree in 1972.  He was well liked by his professors and graduated with honors.  He started dating a woman with a child (relationship lasted six years) while concurrently and covertly re-establishing his relationship with his girlfriend who dumped him.  After a year of their born again relationship, he proposed and she accepted.  Two weeks later, he dumped her and began his killing spree.  He would not break up his six year relationship to another woman until he was arrested for kidnapping in 1976.  There are many who say that most of his victims looked like the girlfriend who original dumped him (long dark hair parted in the middle).

  9. He volunteered at a suicide crisis center alongside a now famous crime author, Ann Rule.

     As a part of his psychology classes, he volunteered at a suicide crisis center.  Imagine, a serial killer talking people out of killing themselves.  Completely bizarre.  One of his co-workers and friends was Ann Rule who is now a well known crime writer.  She was researching the crimes Ted committed all the while not knowing it was her friend who committed them.  She later published a book called : “The Stranger Beside Me” detailing her relationship with Ted and the numerous crimes he was convicted of.

  10. Ted was heavily involved with the Republican.

    In 1968, Ted managed the Seattle office of Nelson Rockefeller’s presidential campaign and attended the Republican Convention in Miami.  After his graduation in 1972, he went to work for the state Republican Party.  He was later involved in a minor scandal when the democrats found out that Ted had been following one of them around posing as a college student and taping their speeches and reporting the information back to his Republican office.

Ted Bundy’s journey to adulthood had many odd facets.  Perhaps a closer examination of serial killer’s pasts can lead to their earlier detection and possibly even prevent serial killers from killing.

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peaches , posted this comment on Oct 10th, 2008

he sounds like 1 sick person thats nasty he would rape women and i feel affended bc im a gurl ……….ewwww

Jenna., posted this comment on Oct 10th, 2008

Anybody would feel affended by hearing this. I’m a girl, too. But, thats dumb to say. Ted Bundy was an inciteful human being, with a big temper. If he could’ve controled that a little better, he would have been a very succesful man.

shana, posted this comment on Oct 24th, 2008

Ted bundy is actually quite puzzling. He was very attracktive and could have had any one but instead he desided to murder. He actually was married and has a 20 yr old daughter somewhere out there

Kim Buck, posted this comment on Nov 1st, 2008

Again, interesting read.

Jesse, posted this comment on Nov 11th, 2008

i think ted was a wonderful man…he was loving, caring, and respectful…….he just LOVED girls a little to much!!!!!! stop hattin on the Bundy

Hello!, posted this comment on Nov 11th, 2008

Bundy was a sick man just like his father/grandfather. He looked up to him and therefore followed the same steps. We create our children and we teach our children. When i read articles like this one it only makes me want to be a better mother. Lets all learn from this article and be better mothers and or daughters to our parents that have tought us well.

Dr. Jordan Kastein MD, posted this comment on Nov 12th, 2008

In my studies at Harvard Medical School, I found out that Mr. Bundy was just a man with an obtuse addiction to the female gender. I want you all to know that Theodore had a rough childhood so he is not at fault. Females across the United States were Theodore’s icons. Don’t judge a man with needs. “Jesse” had a very imaculate point, although I have done the research and personally met Theodore in person. He is a pretty nice guy and we played cards together. He is very good at blackjack!

Paula Mitchell Bentley, posted this comment on Nov 12th, 2008

Wow, this is really getting some comments. Um, to say that he LOVED girls a little too much is nearly as crazy as Mr. Bundy himself was. He killed at least 30 women. Killed, not loved. And to the “Dr.” on the last post…Ted Bundy has been dead for nearly 20 years so to say that “he is a pretty nice guy” is a little strange. People with rough childhoods turn out fine all the time. People are responsible for their behaviour and actions. You can’t blame a life of killing women on your mom.

Dr. Jordan Kastein MD, posted this comment on Nov 12th, 2008

I am quite sure that “Paula Mitchell Bentley” does not have a direct insight quite as my professional mind does about Mr. Theodore Bundy. Did she go to Harvard? No! Did she meet him? No! And that is unreasonable to assume that I could not have met him due to the fact that he died “nearly 20 years ago”.

Shannon, posted this comment on Nov 13th, 2008

These comments are so disturbing on sooooo many levels. He was not a loving man he was a maniac. He stalked, and killed innocent young women. Ted Bundy was a nut from word go. I dont believe in the death penalty but that does not make this man a martyr. His poor daughter is also a victim of his. If you love girls you have more than one girlfriend or you may spend little extra time at a local strip club you dont rape and kill.

Patty Cowell, posted this comment on Nov 14th, 2008

Ted Bundy is my distant cousin…and i do not appreciate the comments that *Shannon* has written………. you dont know the circumstances and stress Ted was under. Ted’s rapings were not so called “rapeings” i bet those girls were willing!!! that just doesnt sound like my cousin Teddy

Paula Mitchell Bentley, posted this comment on Nov 14th, 2008

Why is it that I’m the only one that is actually making comments under my own name that you can click on? I’m sure that the above poster is a “Dr.” who met the serial killer Ted Bundy and coincidentally, Ted’s cousin is also writing here.

My point is this: Ted Bundy was a serial KILLER who RAPED women. Imagine that this was your mother, or sister, or friend that was killed. Ted Bundy brutally killed and raped these women. No one forced him to. His childhood does not excuse his behavior. Nothing, I repeat NOTHING, makes this behavior acceptable. Did these women also kill themselves “Patty Cowell”? I know, they threw themselves at him and then committed suicide, right? Maybe you are related to him because you’re clearly loony too. Oh, and “Dr.” Kastein — get a life. Perhaps Ted Bundy WAS a nice guy in your opinion. However, he definitely IS not a nice guy. You’d think someone highly educated would be able to spell correctly and use the right tense in their writing. I guess Harvard isn’t what it used to be.

I’m sick of this all. If you have something to say, use your real name. Create an account here so that I can click on it and see some of your other great ideas. I’m probably just encouraging all you psychos by even responding to this but I just find it all so sick and disturbing. Say something useful or STFU! Thank goodness for the delete option. I’ll be using it frequently here, I’m afraid.

Shannon, posted this comment on Nov 15th, 2008

To comment on ms. Cowells comment We are all under stress I have plenty of stress. But I have never killed another human being. I have had unrequited love and yes it hurts but again I have never killed another human being. And the innocent ladies that lost their lives in the Chi omega house were sleeping in their beds it is kind of hard to throw yourself at someone if you are asleep. Furthermore my comments were not that harsh considering the man that ted was. Like I said before I dont believe in the death penalty. Because I am sure that you too have suffred a loss. But at the same time this man was not sane and NO amonunt of stress can justify the heinous way in which he killed those poor innocent girls. Ms. Bently thank you for being the only sane person on this forum!!

Shannon Michele Haynes, posted this comment on Nov 15th, 2008

I am Shannon and have created an account

Paula Mitchell Bentley, posted this comment on Nov 15th, 2008

Oh thanks Shannon for commenting here. I was beginning to feel like our world is being overcome by psychos!!! I talked about the problems I’ve been having here on the comment section in another article. It’s: http://www.purpleslinky.com/Humor/Computer/Strange-Comments-From-the-Weird-World-of-Online-Writing.344483 if you want to check it out! I highly doubt that the two weirdos above are either a Dr. or related to Ted Bundy…although I suppose you never know. My guess is that it’s 12 year old boys with nothing to do but be ignorant online. Thanks again Shannon!!! You’ve restored my faith in humanity for another day.

Dr. Jordan Kastein MD, posted this comment on Nov 18th, 2008

GROW UP U 2 …bundy in the house

Paula Mitchell Bentley, posted this comment on Nov 18th, 2008

Wow. Way to prove me wrong “Dr”.

Shannon, posted this comment on Nov 18th, 2008

In response to that comment I will quote a line from the movie The Ten Commandments: Rave on “Dr” so that men shall know you mad!!

Dr. Jordan Kastein MD, posted this comment on Nov 24th, 2008

hey shannon get a life! k?.. n i think its funny how paula mitchell Bentley has to delete my comments…to sad to insensitive to hear the truth. and the delete button is for weak people that cannont take constuctive critisism the right way!!!!! so if anything delete your own comments cuz there just as worthless as mine are then

Patrick Bernauw, posted this comment on Nov 24th, 2008

Chilling and fascinating stuff… And so is the Comment Section!- It’s like reading a “psycho drama” or something like that. Yeah, a Reality Psycho Show on Triond! – Don’t mind, Paula. They can’t think nor write properly, and we are in charge of the DELETE button, oh yeah! (BTW, I thought really this guys from U2 wére grown ups!)

Shannon, posted this comment on Nov 25th, 2008

Thank you “Dr” you sure showed me. When I go to my car tonight I will be looking for people like you. Your fascination with Mr. Bundy is a little unnerving and kind of scary. Since you think he is such a “nice guy”. I have a life you apparently do not. Thank you Paula for deleting his stupid comments. Yes “Dr” your comments are worthless. I wonder how the families of Ted’s Victims would feel about some of the things you have written. Since you are supposed to be a “Dr”.

Mary Wuapie, posted this comment on Nov 26th, 2008

Jeez this site really gets the arguing statments on here. but i really dont want to stir up contaversy but, “Shannon, you seem to be the one that keeps picking up where you and “Dr’s.” fights leave off. As sick and disturbing as his opinion’s might be, you should’n act like a little brat about it. and “Dr.” I think isnt even a doctor, but a man that mabye had things done to him when he was a child…. so Shannon you could be making matters worse and dont ever say those kinds of things to people you dont know!!!! it seems to me that your the one that has the obsession!

Shannon, posted this comment on Nov 26th, 2008

Ok that is it I am done here.

Paula Mitchell Bentley, posted this comment on Nov 26th, 2008

Wow. Shannon, you were the only person on here for the longest time who made any sense at all. I don’t think that you’re provoking the sickos that keep commenting on my article. I think that you’re just trying to let everyone know that Ted Bundy was a serial killer and rapist. This isn’t funny, a joke or something to be happy about. You’re definitely not obsessed, just fed up with the psychos. I appreciate you and the comments you’ve left here. Don’t let haters bring you down. I don’t care if the person here who is supposively a “Dr.” had issues as a child. You’re not being a little brat. To say that is ludicrious.

Seer Travis, posted this comment on Dec 11th, 2008

Wow. Ted Bundy is a tortured victim-creation of american society. He had every right to do what he did as an individual. How any of you can say Ted was “bad” or did “wrong” is beyond Me.

Serial killers are the ultimate victims of society.

To learn more visit :

http://www.truthmedia.8k.com

m.gold, posted this comment on Jan 9th, 2009

wow, there are some scary crazy comments on here

Paula Mitchell Bentley, posted this comment on Jan 9th, 2009

You should see the ones that I’ve deleted!!!!

Clarification, posted this comment on Feb 9th, 2009

Everybody,
just to be clear the supposed “doctor” and the supposed “relative” are fakes.

Even though there are outside factors that contribute to whether or not someone will kill we cannot excuse the behavior, particularly in the case of serial killers. I am a professional, unlike the pretend doctor here. It’s a great topic. Just be very skeptical of the fakers above and the ones that inevitably will follow this comment.

kevin, posted this comment on Feb 17th, 2009

I GO TO BE HONEST. I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE YOU PEOPLE. IT MAKES ME A LITTLE MORE SCARED TO LIVE ON THIS PLANET.

The Druid Shaman, posted this comment on Feb 18th, 2009

Thank you for sharing this very interesting insight into the man behind the crimes.

RAMBO, posted this comment on Mar 20th, 2009

i like ted i see him and admire him like a superhero,go get em ted i’ll hold em down for you

realpsychologist, posted this comment on Mar 25th, 2009

here’s a comment on the actual article…the writer says, maybe future cases can be avoided if we know things about the childhood- I am a psychologist and work with children. Therefore, I am committed to the idea that people can change with intervention. Otherwise, I’d have no job. However, the antisocial personality has a strong genetic component – some believe there is an empathy gene that is lacking…it certainly sounds like the grandfather was antisocial…if the story about him being 3 and putting knives around his aunt is true, then it seems these behaviors began early and speak to the genetics of the condition. and I’m sure watching the behavior of the grandfather didn’t help, and that would be an environmental effect- a model of antisocial behavior. At any rate, my thought is I wonder what really could have been done for him. and I feel that in these rare cases, where rehabilitation seems so unlikely-the death penalty is warranted, if it is done quickly, as I don’t want my taxes to pay for his meals or appeals

Mr. Smith, posted this comment on Apr 9th, 2009

Bundy was a sociopath with a handsome face. As a sociopath, he felt no empathy for others. But over the course of his life he learned to act like he cared. This acting falls short of being normal. This falling short shows itself as manipulation of others. Bundy was absolutely excellent as manipulating others. FYI, most folks in prisons are to some degree sociopathic. They don’t understand what the big deal is about the crime they committed. They just don’t get it. Thus, they blame society for their prison terms (”What did I do that I deserve this?”) The are also very good at manipulating others.

a girl...., posted this comment on Apr 21st, 2009

ok everyone. thiss is really stupid. honestly. STOP FIGHTING!!!! it is very very stupid to argue over this! ted is DEAD! yes i agree. what he did is horrible and hard to belive. but now that he is dead…there isnt much you can do about it. i am in church…..and i belive what he did is wrong. my youth group watched a biography about him and what we did. yes…it did scare us. but it made us more aware of our world and the people who are in it. I belive what he did is terrible….and he is insane. He is not all there. but our youth pastor asked us…..if he were to do something like that to our family….do we forgive him?? jesus died for ALL of us. we dont deserve to live eternally with him. but he chose to die for us. so…because we are ALL sinners and we ALL do NOT deserve his mercy…..who are we to judge?? it is not our place to judge him. so……be quiet about it. our opinions are said. he is dead. end of story. all we can do now is learn from it. by the way….the comment said from Rambo??? its not called for. im sorry. thats all i can say. and ya…..i am a 14 year old girl. and trust me….i know how difficult it is to forgive someone like that. i know from experience. trust me. thats all that needs to be said. im not saying anu=ymore….because i said what i wanted. im not here to start drama. im just here to say we cant judge him. we are all sinners and we can all be forgiven

All sin, no matter how “small,” is against an infinite and eternal God, and is therefore worthy of an infinite and eternal penalty. Further, this is no sin too “big” that God cannot forgive it. Jesus died to pay the penalty for sin (1 John 2:2).

Jamie , posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

i just got done watching this ted bundy movie …….he was crazy …and sick, funny though you have to think under different cercumstances could he have been secessful or was he just a sociopath that could never have been helped i also dont think he was just addicted to girls as some have stated in the comments i think what he was looking for was not only fulfilled with sex or girls it was the more sinister part he liked ……welll just a comment my thoughts anywhoo i like the random facts

Steph, posted this comment on Apr 25th, 2009

Paula, you are one of the few people on here who makes any sense. Ted was crazy and sick and thank God he’s dead. The comments by RAMBO are very sick and disturbing. You seem just as crazy as Ted was. You said you see him, but he’s dead! You need some help.

austin, posted this comment on Apr 29th, 2009

this isnt true

mary, posted this comment on May 9th, 2009

After reading these comments, all I have to say is that the “DR” is freaken retarded!
Ted Bundy was a person who suffered from an antisocial personality. There is nothing in the WORLD that will justify his behavior! He killed many women for pleasure and if you don’t think theres something wrong with that, you need take yourself to a mental hospital AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!
Your comments make me sick “DR” I hope you have a daughter.
eilx8

John, posted this comment on May 20th, 2009

you mean you hope he doesn’t have a daughter? …

Tea Tray, posted this comment on Jun 15th, 2009

Osama is nuts but none of you think he is great. Typical US behaviour – whatever you do is understood because it has reasons but other people do it and they have a problem.

Ted was a nut job – we all know it, those trying to justify it should join Osama… I think most people in this forum are just trying to get attention by playing devil’s advocate.

a girl..., posted this comment on Jul 4th, 2009

im just gonna pray for people like \”the Dr.\” who isnt even a real doctor. and that RAMBO person. they need help. God protect us from the sickness os the world

Katelyn, posted this comment on Jul 4th, 2009

im just gonna pray for people like \\\”the Dr.\\\” who isnt even a real doctor. and that RAMBO person. they need help. God protect us from the sickness os the world

safraz, posted this comment on Jul 5th, 2009

i love ted

thomas ted bundy....canibal, posted this comment on Jul 19th, 2009

a man is man what he envtually does with his or her life is up to them an in then the actions we do define us an who we are ine the end an god is always the finnalle judge ….. dont always judge a book buy its cover…..”were your sons,, daughters,neighbors , co-workers-,mail-man…an your priestes,an,we are evervywere an around” an luaghfing …. in the end we all die anyway its not allways are choice….to decide how we go an live are life….

College student, posted this comment on Jul 24th, 2009

Just one question pertaining to the professionals in this forum, is it likely that Theodore Bundy’s environment in its self have created the thinking process that he believed to be right? It has been stated that an individual can be institutionalized from staying in a prison so long that they grow on the lifestyle, but what I’m wondering is if society can do the same thing to a person that a prison can also do to an individual?

common sense, posted this comment on Aug 30th, 2009

Ted bundy was a heartless monster… i don’t understand why it has to be elaborated on any farther than that.

common sense, posted this comment on Aug 31st, 2009

p.s. the “Dr.” is just as heartless as Ted. God never intended for such sinfull acts to happen. These kind of people will get whats coming to them. I just wonder what would have happened if Ted’s family had kept him in church. Maybe he could have been a great decan or even a preacher. who knows?

AdAm, posted this comment on Oct 5th, 2009

ted bundy is the best i hope i meet him in heaven if there is 1 he is the best of his kind love him bundy FTW !!!

Mitch Spicer, posted this comment on Oct 28th, 2009

Wow. What’s really heinous and indescribable are some of these comments. Really, what has the world come to? I’m a grade 12 student in Canada, and I’ve recently been recearching for a law project concerning Ted Bundy. I’ve discovered some very very disturbing things not just of Bundy himself, but of his FANS AND FOLLOWERS. There are actually FAN SITES dedicated to Bundy, where it is quite common for females to protest their sick fantasies of a Bundy-style rape and murder on themselves! The fact that anyone would first of all conjure up these disturbing ideas, and second that they spend the time creating fake accounts on websites, claiming they are a doctor (who can’t even spell correctly, use proper punctuation or use proper homonyms) IS BEYOND SICK. I am a christian man myself, and I am aware the bibles states that we should not judge ‘lest ye be judged’, but I am unable to hold my judgement on this issue. Where has common sense gone? It makes me truly sick.

Faustino, posted this comment on Nov 25th, 2009

This article is getting responses far longer than I’m sure the author intended. I’ll just say that killing is wrong. But I think he should have been allowed to live longer. If nothing else at least to study more. But his compulsive lying and evasive way of “cooperating” with police means that we likely would have ended up with more questions than answers.

byron, posted this comment on Jan 2nd, 2010

may Jesus BLESS us and save pray his victims are in heaven

vincentreid, posted this comment on Jan 6th, 2010

Here\’s an idea:
how about everyone just gets over it?
This is the Internet, my friends, it is not a place to be taken seriously.

girl from Sweden, posted this comment on Jan 26th, 2010

Oh lord i cant believe that i just read all te comments :S
I am as mitch spicer doing a school work about an notorius murderer and i took Ted bundy cuz he is very interisting but also very scary, he was a really crazy man! “O”O =S

Lauren Kelley, posted this comment on Feb 1st, 2010

actually…most people who actually met the man wouldve probably concidered him a very nice charming man….BECAUSE HE WAS A SOCIOPATH! It’s sort of a hallmark of that particular personallity disorder that they are very charming, likable people…..and they appear that way because they also tend to be very persuasive liars…my grandmother grew up in the north end of Tacoma, she played tackle football with Bundy and he was the paperboy for the neighborhood, granted my grandmother always got the creeps from him, other family members of mine were actually friends with the man. people get hung up on the crimes serial killers commit and dont even think about the fact that they are typically seem like very normal, charming, intellegant individuals! do you really think he would’ve been able to viciously murder as many woman as he did without getting caught if he acted like the monster that he really was deep down inside? NO! If he acted like the nutter he is, he wouldve gotten caught fairly easily, but he didnt, because nobody suspected that such a charming, together man could do the things he did………So yes ‘Dr.’ Ted Bundy probably seemed for all the world like a very cool guy, very friendly and outgoing……but he was faking it…guaranteed…his personallity was just another tool he used to commit the atrocites he did…..Its a very scary thought, but Bundy was right….when he said that people like him never seem like the monsters they really are and are your sons, husbands, brothers, friends, neighbors…..thats the scary part of a serial killer, they are rarely people you would ever pin as a monster, they are people you would never be suspicious of, and thats what makes them so dangerous

Jame Brown, posted this comment on Feb 14th, 2010

To many perverts in the world, and those that admire them. I say kill ‘em all! No. Really. People who look up to Bundy types should be aborted at birth. If only there were a genetic test for morons early on. :-P

Georgio, posted this comment on Mar 16th, 2010

TED BUNDY WAS A GREAT MAN! IT’S A SHAME THEY KILL HIM! HE WAS A GREAT MAN AND A ROLE TO FALLOW! I’M PROUD OF HIM! TED YOU WERE GREAT!!!!

Cindy Karden, posted this comment on Apr 24th, 2010

Wow, the inflamed comments on this board amaze me. I have long wondered…why the fascination with Ted Bundy? Interest in him seems to grow over time rather than fade away. I myself am interested in psychology–what makes people behave in certain ways? I have done some reading about Ted Bundy.
I believe he did indeed have a conflicted unsettling childhood. He seemed to get agitated whenever questioned about his real father. I think those early issues are at the root of his psychopathy. It is my hunch that Samuel Cowell was his real father. It seems to me Ted was warped from birth. Yet, despite his sick family history he was responsible for his deranged acts of murder and assault. Ted deserved life in prison (I don’t believe in capital punishment) The thing that makes me sad: all the lovely young women whose lives were cut short for no reason. And, at the same time I know Ted could have been such an asset to society if he hadn’t been a sociopath. He was smart, charismatic and could have done a lot of good. Some day I wish Louise Bundy would tell the world the real story of his birth and early years.

Jackie Malackey, posted this comment on May 21st, 2010

What’s up with the obsession for Ted Bundy? Can’t believe i just read all the comments, and i agree with Lauren Kelly. Anyone who actually believes Ted Bundy was a nice person, from having met him or otherwise should think again. Common sense dictates that you are not nice if you murder people. You prove niceness by kind actions, not charmingness and feigned niceness. I’m interested in him because I’ve never seen a sociopath so manipulative, and deceitful except in movies. Awesome movie i may add; silence of the lambs. But it also puports to prove my case: ted bundy is not a nice man so STFU you’re scaring me.

remedy, posted this comment on Aug 27th, 2010

i honestly dont see what is wrong with what he did. sure he raped and killed womenand had sex with the boies afterward but that was the only thing that satisfied his needs , he enjoyed it ,and just because the law says that it is illegal he gets executed ? at least he had standards , unlike most other serial killers ted bundy chose to prey on attractive women because he got off on it and unlike other high profile serial killers he had class and standards .

Arissa, posted this comment on Aug 31st, 2010

oh just get over yourselves this is the past. yes, it happend was sad and now over!

jjjjjjjjjj, posted this comment on Sep 18th, 2010

I dont think you can catch sociopathism or at least i hope you cant because i dont want to become a sociopath. which sounds ridiculous because i have always had empathy for other people. but i think any body who is a socopath is born evil. you cant cure sociopathism and you cant catch sociopathism. Lets not forget this sick freak killed and mutilated animals. he also put knives around his aunt when he was three. i think that just about says thet this man was born evil and derserved to die a much slower and much more painful death then he got.

Dr M lieberman, posted this comment on Oct 11th, 2010

I am a practicing therapist, now, in New York. I was a graduate student at the University of Utah from 1973-75. I had a student study job in the Law School main office in my final school year, 1974. I saw Ted daily. When I read who the person we feared was Ted, I was shocked. Even with my experience in practice, it was hard to believe. So now you have a trained therapist who actually knew Ted. I also knew a fellow student who worked at the ER when the sheriff’s daughter’s body was brought in. For those who praise this man, be ashamed. The brutality is unspeakable. The above article is quite accurate in showing the “red flags”. But, despite this, we can’t predict who will actually progress to being a sociopath. We are not allowed to diagnose it until age 18.There are theories, but, to be truthful, we really don’t know. And, no, you can’t catch it from another. But,I encourage you caution. Ted was friendly, with normal affect, and no obvious signs of pathology in my observation and conversations with him. It chills me still to even speak about this. Please don’t praise him. He was truly evil. Be careful and observant. Sociopaths are not considered “insane” legally. They understand right from wrong, but, have no conscience. They can aid in their own defense. Thus, they can be tried as “sane” in court. I realize the confusion this causes. However, the danger outweighs the risk. These people can not be cured. There is no treatment. If released the behavior will continue.

sockpuppet, posted this comment on Oct 16th, 2010

Do people not understand what internet trolls are? If you haven’t figured it out by now, they are people who enjoy posting inflammatory controversial comments on message boards just to create a stir. They don’t really believe or mean what they are saying. It is a game–so when you react and get riled up, you are “feeding the trolls”.
Next, I would like to say that this article has no references and does not show a source for the three-yr old knives story. I have never seen this info elsewhere and do not believe it to be true, although I would be happy to accept it as such if someone can source that info.
Sociopaths are both born and bred, usually people are predisposed and then environmental factors can trigger and exacerbate the issue. I don’t believe you can really “prevent” someone from being a sociopath, because even if you guaranteed that ever single child born to man had a perfect and happy childhood, there would still be a percentage that develop into sociopaths.
I just want to add that I am slightly confused by the last Dr L posting above that referred to Ted Bundy and sociopaths as “evil”. I don’t think that is a qualified psychological term. It is a genetic, mental defect. Not really a “choice” so to speak. I can understand the use of the term “evil” in a religious context, but not in a professional context.

Jennifer, posted this comment on Nov 3rd, 2010

Ted was not a good man at all, but I think that a lot could have been learned from him if he was kept alive… The murders he did were horrible, and I am so sorry to all the families and their loss! I really think it would have been interesting to read about the studies they did on him if he were alive… Just saying!!!

bm86, posted this comment on Dec 1st, 2010

ha! this pretty much descried MY childhood! and still going…… honestly don’t frown upon this, more so i look up to him. (pretty scary, eh? don’t judge, it’s how i think)

and if you think THIS is scary, look up Jack the Ripper

Harold Hecuba, posted this comment on Dec 14th, 2010

I like the article, but #10 is bogus. John Wayne Gacy, for example, was heavily involved with the Democrats. His physique was similar to that of Michael Moore. :) Being a Republican hardly makes one more likely to commit murder. If anything, the Democrats live in greater denial of the fact that abortion is murder.

amos, posted this comment on Jan 6th, 2011

Bundy was deomon possessed and a coward. He was scared to die because he knew the demons who appused those pore victums would soon torment him in hell.

bundywastheman, posted this comment on Jan 25th, 2011

….first of all i agree with jennifer that if ted bundy had been kept alive we would have learned a lot from him…it is sad to me how people die like they sent him to death cause he killed…then other people like tupac,bruce lee etc die of other causes…it appears quit clear we die regardless of wether we do good or bad…it is also debatable what good or bad even is…in war many people die and we award prizes for “killing” but when someone else kills on american ground we cry”murder”..funny isn it?in one instance we say killing is good,in another killing is bad…that is why i say its debatable…the case of good or bad is irrelevant now because he is gone but i must say he was more interesting than einstein himself…ted did things no one else did….he will be remembered for ages while most of us….well most people will never even know you were born,your just another face in the crowd but his name is stamped in history so to speak…as a human being he was interesting….

joe, posted this comment on Feb 20th, 2011

Well not very many serious post on here. Ted Bundy’s family is actually quite secretive. It has taken years to gleem any insight into his disturbed mind. I don’t know exactly what causes some one to lose their conscious but it if it’s not some abnormality their born with then horrible things happen to that child at a very young age. Due to some sad history, of children in foundling homes, in the 1900’s we have some interesting facts. There was so many children, particularly infants, that many of the caregivers only had time to change the diapers and feed the baby’s. Apparently no one had time to cuddle, love, hug or caress the baby. If the baby cried no one came. Of those children 70% of them died without proper emotional and physical stimulus. They actually died from a lack of love. The other 30% had severe mental disorders. Love and caring are an absolute necessity for the brain to connect properly. Psychologist say the first seven months of a persons life is very critical in making the proper brain connections. Any Psychology major knows this. I believe if serial killers are not always born the way they are then something happens in the early months and years of their life to damage the emotional connections in their brain. In reality I just don’t know for sure what makes a serial killer. I do believe it’s a combination of an abnormal brain at birth but not abnormal on any observable level then you add horrible childhood events that further deteriorate any sense of empathy or sympathy that the killer might have had. But in reality who knows and I’m not sure we’ll ever know for sure. As for these post on here most people are just being stupid, they think it’s funny. It’s not funny for those poor families who lost their daughters to this monster. It’s a nightmare the will live with forever. Good Night, Joe.

Justin Boatwright, posted this comment on Feb 21st, 2011

You people who say that his bad childhood is 100 percent to blame for his actions are freaking stupid. He was an evil maniac. But I believe his grandfather, grandmother, and mother were evil too. They should have been all tied to the back of an eighteen wheeler until there was nothing left on the end of the truck for what their SON and GRANDSON did. And Ted himself should have been Chinese water-tortured until he died.

boats123 aka jeb, posted this comment on Feb 21st, 2011

By the way, you first couple responders need to learn how to spell. You freakin’ losers. I bet you are liberals. You liberals belong with TED…….IN HELL!

Odell, posted this comment on Feb 23rd, 2011

Ted bundy was a crazi man y would any bodi like him

a normal person, posted this comment on Feb 25th, 2011

I really think this site should be reported to the police, seem to me there are a lot of sicko’s leaving comments!!

Ted Bundy, posted this comment on May 9th, 2011

I don’t appreciate this.
I am alive.
Live in FEAR.
Hey Shannon, can I get your number?

donna s., posted this comment on May 18th, 2011

i think that bundy was a sick f——. he needed to be exterminated.period. as for his daughter, i sgree its not her fault that ted was her fether, blame the mother, now that was a sick bitch………………………………`

Ledlunar, posted this comment on Jun 16th, 2011

Sad how messed up Ted was sadder how many women trusted him for his “good looks”…. I read in prison he got over 200 letter a day from women claiming to be in love with him…. You never read about men falling in love with women serial killers who rape and murder men, wait… women don’t rape and murder men,(at least you don’t read about it) the world is a strange place.

You go see a shock value horror film in the theatre like Saw or Hostel and then there are truly terrifying people like Bundy & Gacy in the world which is far more frightening to think about then on top of that all the terrible inhumane things going on in Countries at war… US troops posing next to slaughtered Afghannies… very sad and disturbing at times our Earth.

Its better to look at the bright side of life, Like them Monty Python boys say.

Nature vs Nurture ... I vote a mix of both, posted this comment on Jul 28th, 2011

I don’t really understand how anyone could look at a man or woman like Ted Bundy and admire him or believe what he did was in any way right, saying that I have no doubt being in a social situation with him he had been a charming man.
It’s a characteristic of sociopaths to outwordly appear more friendly and sociable that you’re “average joe” hence it having social in the title. I’m not a doctor or anything and wouldn’t profess to be one, I did study a little psychology and we were told that there was a fault in the chemical composition and nerve reseptors in the brain with sociopaths making it VIRTUALLY imposible for them to feel empathy or love, kinda any of those emotions that make us human. The friendly charmed behaviour is learned by immitation of surroundings that’s why its said that he was shy and introverted untill he was say a teen.

I’m not saying that his upbringing wasn’t a contributing factor however even if he had been born into a “normal” family he was predesposed to the crimes he commited and there would of been a higher chance of him commiting them anyway, If the grandfather was really the father I would assume that could of caused the imbalance in the brain I would think during pregnancy….. Only speculation.

All this said I think Ted Bundy being a extreme case of personallity disorder added to the knowledge of the world about criminals vastly.

Sorry about the spelling

McBatman, posted this comment on Oct 28th, 2011

Dear Readers

This is an internet trolls paradise. Please wise up, and keep integrity and focus despite the enourmous ammounts of utter retardation that can be found here.

Personally, I\’d say that Ted Bundy DID have some significant pathological issues passed down through hereditary means (if the rumors of about his grandfather are to be believed), but were cemented into his monstrous sickness by nurture.

Sydney Jade, posted this comment on Mar 11th, 2012

Ted Bundy may have been a disturbed person driven to kill, but I guarantee he wasn’t half as illiterate or close minded as the majority of the morons commenting on this article.

Freshbrood, posted this comment on Apr 12th, 2012

What frightens me most about society, is that people- both psycholigists and laymen alike, tend to blame evil on external forces, thus, indirectly justifying it.

Pros tend to claim that he was “sick”, or missing some genetic components, or had some type of malformed brain development. Others claim he was possessed or driven by demons.

Here’s my question: Is it biologically abnormal to desire the infliction of suffering on others?

It’s necessary to not inflict suffering on others in order to live safely and interact freely in a community. Therefore, we must teach our children and each other to be “good”, so we might stay alive, and not be a threat to others or be threatened by others in return..

But when someone simply doesn’t care, why do we dub them as being “sick”? Many of us are deeply fascinated by “evil”- we can’t help but watch macabre videos of gory deaths, images of suffering, imagine inflicting serious pain on those we hate, and even fantasize about raping others..

But most of us don’t take action beyond a voyeuristic or imaginative capacity. The question is why? Is it really wholly due to a “natural, deeply ingrained sense of empathy that we are born with?” Or is it because we are taught and understand that there are consequences? We will be jailed, hurt, killed, retaliated against, lose relationships with others we enjoy and be shamed, suffer some form of hell as a result? How many more of us would do evil, if there were no consequences? Do you really think that all these aggro gung-ho kids joining the military after making all those “awesome head shots” on xbox really just wan’t to be “good guys” & “heros?” It’s just like the fascination with zombies- a free pass, carte-blanc, to kill people & satisfy a primal desire for blood lust.. Theres nothing wrong with wanting to defend one’s country, but isn’t it “sick” to get excited & happy about exploding another human beings head?
These soldiers are doing “evil”, and getting excited and joyous about it. (see: Define: Evil)

Is it “wrong” for those soldiers to enjoy the evil they are doing? (please, understand the definition of evil before you call me unpatriotic or insult me.)
Is evil really “sick”? A personal preference? A biological addiction?

Either way, it’s scary sh1t.

Freshbrood, posted this comment on Apr 12th, 2012

What frightens me most about society, is that people- both psycholigists and laymen alike, tend to blame evil on external forces, thus, indirectly justifying it.

Pros tend to claim that he was \”sick\”, or missing some genetic components, or had some type of malformed brain development. Others claim he was possessed or driven by demons.

Here\’s my question: Is it biologically abnormal to desire the infliction of suffering on others?

It\’s necessary to not inflict suffering on others in order to live safely and interact freely in a community. Therefore, we must teach our children and each other to be \”good\”, so we might stay alive, and not be a threat to others or be threatened by others in return..

But when someone simply doesn\’t care, why do we dub them as being \”sick\”? Many of us are deeply fascinated by \”evil\”- we can\’t help but watch macabre videos of gory deaths, images of suffering, imagine inflicting serious pain on those we hate, and even fantasize about raping others..

But most of us don\’t take action beyond a voyeuristic or imaginative capacity. The question is why? Is it really wholly due to a \”natural, deeply ingrained sense of empathy that we are born with?\” Or is it because we are taught and understand that there are consequences? We will be jailed, hurt, killed, retaliated against, lose relationships with others we enjoy and be shamed, suffer some form of hell as a result? How many more of us would do evil, if there were no consequences? Do you really think that all these aggro gung-ho kids joining the military after making all those \”awesome head shots\” on xbox really just wan\’t to be \”good guys\” & \”heros?\” It\’s just like the fascination with zombies- a free pass, carte-blanc, to kill people & satisfy a primal desire for blood lust.. Theres nothing wrong with wanting to defend one\’s country, but isn\’t it \”sick\” to get excited & happy about exploding another human beings head?
These soldiers are doing \”evil\”, and getting excited and joyous about it. (see: Define: Evil)

Is it \”wrong\” for those soldiers to enjoy the evil they are doing? (please, understand the definition of evil before you call me unpatriotic or insult me.)
Is evil really \”sick\”? A personal preference? A biological addiction?

Either way, it\’s scary sh1t.

Shaqwanda Taneequa Bundy, posted this comment on Sep 22nd, 2012

I beez Ted Bundys cuzin on his mammys black side. Ted Bundy din dooz nuffin! You crackas all beez racys muffughas. You cannot jugge Ted onlee GOD can bee heez jugg. Nomesayin. *headbobble* So dont beez takin shyt bout muh cuz nomesayin *headbobble*

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