One of 2 VW Bugs Bundy owned
“You learn what you need to kill and take care of the details. It’s like changing a tire. The first time you’re careful. By the thirtieth time, you can’t remember where you left the lug wrench.“
I find it interesting that Bundy could so easily compare the killing of a human being to the changing of a tire. That in & of itself is telling. In his defense, he probably didn’t have a very good point of reference for his cruelty. Sociopaths don’t tend to relate to others any more than they would a tire or another object. In Bundy’s mind, the killing of another human being would have meant nothing more than if we perhaps destroyed an old toy or punched a punching bag.
The quote also serves to understand the dynamics of killing. One probably would start out extremely careful and later become smug and possibly sloppy. Bundy was a narcissist who felt he could outsmart the police. He even defended himself in his first murder trial in Florida, much to his detriment. He was in the wrong place many times in his later years of killing and was identified by witnesses. He was eventually caught (after escaping from a Colorado prison!) for attempting to elude police in Florida. So much for outsmarting the police!
Another interesting interpretation is that Bundy knocked out his young victims with a tire iron. It’s interesting that this comment references changing a tire. No doubt changing a tire was the farthest thing from Bundy’s mind when he was on the prowl. I don’t doubt he had to do it on more than one occasion when he was traveling alone, trolling for victims.
How automatic can serial murder become over time? It must have seemed really exciting in the beginning, but after 30+ kills, things may have gotten rather stale. What a shame he is no longer around because now we can only wonder if Bundy would ever have tired (ha!) of murder.
Ted Bundy was a necrophile, plain and simple. This wasn’t something he wanted people to know, but he did admit it to Stephen Michaud & Hugh Aynesworth when they interviewed him in the 1980’s. After killing a woman, he would take her to a secluded area (usually Taylor Mountain while he was still killing in Washington state) and spend the night with her corpse. While he was there, he would put makeup on her and then have sex with her body. He would often return to the bodies time and again to continue his sexual assaults. This was the ultimate form of possession to Bundy, which was his main goal when killing.
This is not a meme I designed, I found it online.
Ted Bundy once said, “Murder is not about lust and it’s not about violence. It’s about possession.” This is probably one of the few true statements he ever made to investigators. In fact, when investigators found only the skulls of several women on Taylor Mountain, they realized he was dumping heads separately from the bodies. Bundy later admitted to taking some of the womens’ heads home with him where he applied makeup to them and he alluded to further sexual contact with the heads.
For Bundy, the act of murder wasn’t the highlight of the event. It was only after Ted conked the victim in the head and drove her to a secluded outdoor scene that the real “fun” began. The sexual assault on a woman who was either unconscious or dead was the end game. Bundy’s fiancée, Liz Kloepfer, even confessed that he liked her to pretend to be dead while they were having sex or he couldn’t have an orgasm. Psychologists suggest that necrophiliacs tend to have an inordinate desire to control another person. I can’t think of a better way to describe Ted Bundy than extremely controlling.