Bundy’s Thefts

Ted Bundy was a vicious and remorseless killer who killed so many women young women throughout the United States.  Though Bundy’s murders and assaults are widely known, his thefts have gone relatively unnoticed and I feel they can tell us something about why he committed the murders.  

According to Bundy (and his ex-fiancée), he stole anything he wanted including a Sony TV, an expensive rug, skis, credit cards, and a stereo without a second thought.  His ex-fiancée knew that he wasn’t making enough money to afford all of the things in his possession and he eventually admitted to her that he stole things occasionally.  “In those days, I wouldn’t go into stores and shoplift…What I went for…were things that I couldn’t afford — expensive things.”  (Confessions of a Killer, p. 37)

Come on, do I look like I'm going to go steal something?

Bundy saw nothing intrinsically wrong with stealing.  He honestly felt that what he wanted, he should just take.  He couldn’t afford these items, but felt he deserved them anyway.  Hard work for pay never occurred to him and ethics certainly weren’t his strong suit.  Bundy was so compulsive that he even used stolen credit cards to purchase more than 30 pairs of socks while in Florida.  He was so proficient at stealing that he even stole several cars in Colorado and in Florida.  He once said, “The thought of burglary or anything really criminal…never crossed my mind.  I felt no remorse whatsoever about taking something like that out of a store.  I’d only take what I needed.” (Confessions of a Killer, p. 35) 

Despite all of his thefts, he was never caught for any of them.  He was so calm, so cool (after a few beers), that he would just walk right into a store, pick up the item, and walk right out with it.  The only time he was chased out of a store ended in his misdirection of the employees by Bundy, who then drove off with the stolen merchandise.

I find that understanding why Bundy stole is crucial to the understanding of his psyche as a whole.  The items that Bundy took were merely objects and he treated them as if they were his to take.  I feel this links directly to the women whose lives he stole throughout his murderous binge.  Bundy couldn’t afford to take these women on dates,  he couldn’t be the man they wanted, so he took them from their homes and treated them like his possessions.  Once they were dead, he used their bodies and cast them aside on Taylor Mountain (Washington State), in Glenwood Springs (Colorado), in Tallahassee and Lake City (Florida), and other parts unknown. 

“The big payoff for me was actually possessing whatever it was I had stolen.  It wasn’t the act, necessarily.” ~Ted Bundy, “Confessions of a Killer,” p. 37

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Bundy’s Sock Fetish

A lot of people have fetishes ranging from kinky sexual fetishes to random, bizarre fetishes.  I’ll leave you to decide which Bundy’s main fetish (aside from necrophilia) was.  Bundy was obsessed with clean, white socks.  Yes, really.  He notes in the book, “Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer,” that “Socks are such a serious part of my life.  They’re so very important to me.”  Bundy loved the fact that he “possessed” so many clean white socks that he was proud when his possessions were read out in court & his socks were mentioned during the proceedings.  In fact, the movie, “Ted Bundy,” (starring Michael Reilly Burke), has a shot of a sock drawer full of white socks, rolled up & in perfect order.  Bundy often changed his socks 3-4 times a day.  He constantly purchased new socks with stolen credit cards. 

From prison, Bundy also said, “I’ve got a sock fetish.  No question about it.  I must have six or seven pairs right here with me in my cell.”  What’s really interesting about this obsession is that Bundy enjoyed the “possession” of the socks, which is a word he often used when describing his victims.  Bundy needed to possess, he needed something to own.  People were objects to Bundy, just like socks.  Sure, that’s a simplification of something much more complicated, but I don’t think it’s difficult to make the connection.  Clearly this fetish was a substitute for the possession of a woman’s corpse.  Everything about Bundy was based on the idea that what he wanted he deserved to have. 

Dreaming of socks!

Dreaming of socks!

If I had to determine whether Bundy’s fetish was a kinky sexual fetish or a random bizarre fetish, I would have to say both.  Maybe that’s a cop out, but if possession is really what turns you on, I think that’s both bizarre & kinky, don’t you?

Bundy Quote Analyzed

HI 5 Bundy“I have known people who…radiate vulnerability. Their facial expressions say ‘I am afraid of you.’ These people invite abuse… By expecting to be hurt, do they subtly encourage it?” ~ Ted Bundy

I find it frightening but enthralling that Ted Bundy was able to verbalize what he saw in people and what drew him to his specific victims. He clearly knew how to choose the most promising victims so that he could get away with murder over & over again. Let’s face it, during Bundy’s killing spree of at least 30 victims (perhaps many more), only ONE of them ever got away. He was able to utilize the signals women gave off and use those signals to his advantage.

Bundy’s question about whether people subtly encourage abuse is interesting as well. While I don’t believe that most people intentionally want to be abused or killed (there are a few who do, believe it or not), I do think that we give off signals that tell others how to treat us. Dogs know when people are afraid of them or dislike them. I daresay that Bundy was superior at utilizing his animal nature when hunting his prey.

Overall, the quote listed above seems rather deep for someone who wouldn’t be expected to have much insight into his crimes. (Most serial killers have a rather shallow nature.) However, let’s remember that Bundy graduated with a degree in psychology and must have self-analyzed at some point. It’s too bad his self-analysis couldn’t stop him from killing so many young women all over the United States and leaving their families with nothing but some weathered bones and memories of the joy their daughters brought them before staring into the abyss that was Ted Bundy.

Introduction

My name is E.J. I am starting this blog to educate others about one serial killer in particular, Ted Bundy. 

Bundy at trial

When I took my first plunge into learning about the world of serial killers, Ann Rule’s book, “The Stranger Beside Me” was the first book I purchased.  Upon completing the book, I realized that it sparked a hunger in me to learn more about Bundy, as well as other serial killers.  I have read several other books about Bundy including “The Only Living Witness,” “Conversations with a Killer,” and “The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy.”  In fact, the last book is quite a collector’s item.  It is hard to find online since it has been out of print for some time now.

While Bundy wasn’t unique in his hunger for death and necrophilia, he became somewhat larger than life because of his media exposure during his arrest and criminal trials.  Let’s face it: Bundy didn’t shy away from publicity.  In fact, he reveled in it.  Photos of Bundy show him flashing his dark blue eyes at the camera or giving an eerie smile to the viewer sitting safely behind her or his television set.

Not only was Bundy a media darling, but his crimes were brutal. The blood left behind at the Lynda Healy crime scene or at the Margaret Bowman (Chi Omega) scene was indicative of a bloody rage. The bite marks found on both Lisa Levy and Kimberly Leach not only did him in at trial, but they indicated the level of anger and violence heaped on to these young women.  Since the bodies in Washington State and Utah were generally found months after the women were killed and had turned to mostly skeletal remains, I don’t think the investigators in the Northwestern states had any idea of the brutality of Bundy’s personality.

As I have noted, this blog is being written to explore the nature and psychology of one of America’s most violent and brutal serial killers.  I welcome any and all responses that want to debate or discuss this aspect of Bundy’s nature.  I intend to pay tribute to and honor the memories of all of his victims.  Please join me in honest debate and discussion and please no hate speech toward the victims.  Thanks.