Why Do Some Women Love Serial Killers?

Teddy was certainly jumping for joy upon receipt of his fan mail.

Teddy was certainly jumping for joy upon receipt of his fan mail.

While the rest of the world cringes in horror at the crimes committed by violent men, there are a select few women who are riveted by their stories. Ted Bundy had his share of fans and even married and produced a child with one of them. Both of the Menendez boys are married and even Richard Ramirez found a wife in Doreen Lioy. In fact, this author had limited online contact with Doreen whom she found to be smart, funny, and humble.

What causes certain women to become intimate with a notorious murderer who would surely kill her if he weren’t in prison? I believe it has to do with belief that the killer isn’t a bad person innately. The woman thinks if only she could get to him, to show him the world isn’t a bad place, that he certainly couldn’t continue to commit crimes. I feel that some women, including Erik Menendez’s wife, Tammi, who came out of an abusive marriage, are looking for a relationship with someone who can’t physically abuse them. In states where no conjugal visitation is allowed, the women can have a perfectly platonic relationship full of longing and lust without physical intimacy. Others probably enjoy being associated with someone who’s famous.

It’s not too hard to understand why certain killers become the focus of adoring fans. Often times, the media portrays dangerous men as justified in their actions. By giving violent criminals the spotlight and trying to justify their deeds, they appeal to those who seek to cure them, when in fact, the only thing that cures them is death.

Post-mortem in 1989.

Post-mortem in 1989.

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Bundy’s First Escape From Custody

Newspaper

Newspaper

Bundy’s first escape happened in Aspen, Colorado on July 7, 1977.  He was supposed to be doing research for his trial in the murder of Caryn Campbell, when he jumped from the 2nd story law library and high-tailed it out of the area on a sprained ankle.  He was able to steal a car, but it didn’t take him far before breaking down.  He got lost and wandered the area before locating a cabin nearby and breaking in.  He spent the night and stole food, clothes, and a hunting knife before heading back out the next day. 

Three days later, after continuously wandering in the area, he broke into a trailer and stole a ski parka and more food.  Keep in mind that he was doing all of this with a sprained ankle.  This is a guy that definitely didn’t want to be in custody!

On July 13th, he wandered back toward Aspen and stole a car.  He was discovered in this car by police and re-arrested.  After 6 days on the run, he was in pain and exhausted.  Though it wouldn’t stop him from attempting escape again, this attempt was hardly a success.

Sometimes when killers are caught, I hear people telling me that they want to be caught.  Very few of them turn themselves in and I believe they want the killing to end, but I doubt they want to be caught.  Some of them want the notariety that goes along with a successful and long killing spree.  Others have accomplished what they set out to do (a la Edmund Kemper who killed his mother at the end of his spree).  Those killers are few and far between.

Bundy didn’t want to be caught.  He wanted to kill over and over and constantly try to satisfy his hunger for murder and necrophilia.  As you’ll see in my next post, Ted escaped from prison a 2nd time and this time, women weren’t so lucky.

Stay tuned…

Bundy Quote Analyzed

One of 2 VW Bugs Bundy owned

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’s Obsession with Necrophilia

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.

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.