Bundy’s 1975 Arrest

On August 16, 1975, Ted Bundy was arrested in Granger, Utah for evading capture from a local police officer. In the police report listed below, Robert Hayward explains details of Bundy’s capture, including the “burglary tools” found in his car. Mention of this his missing passenger seat is also included.

“UTAH Highway Patrol Incident Report

Type of Incident: Attempt to Evade

Reporting: Sgt. Robert A. Hayward

Division: Special Operations

At about 2:30 A.M. on Saturday morning, August 16 [1975], a gray Volkswagen went by me while I was sitting in my patrol car in front of my house. I looked at the license plate and did not recognize it.

About ten minutes later…as I was going up Brock Street in Granger, a car took off north bound on Brock Street at a high rate of speed…I was in pursuit…at a high rate of speed. We ran the stop sign at Brock and LeMay and again at the entrance to the 35th South off Brock Street…I had the red spotlight on him when he ran the stop sign at Brock and LeMay, but he just went as fast as possible.

Bob Hayward, Utah State Trooper

…I pulled up on him fast, and he pulled over into a gas station. He produced his drivers license which identified him to be Theodore Robert Bundy, 565 1st Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah, dob 11/24/46. The man wearing dark pants, a dark turtle neck with long sleeves, and sneakers. He stated that he was lost in the subdivision, but he had been there and again came back in about ten minutes…

I looked in the front seat and there was not a seat on the passenger side, so I looked a little closer and discovered the front seat was lying in the back seat on its side. On the floor were some tools such as a jimmy bar about 14 inches long…

I called for a County car to come over and they sent a Deputy and a Sergeant. They talked to Mr. Bundy and he told them he had been out west to the drive-in theater to see “The Towering Inferno.” We checked at the theater and that movie was not playing, so he just said he was lost.

The deputies looked in the car and asked if there was a gun in it. I said not to my knowledge, but that I had not looked that closely and perhaps we should check farther. After that, they came up with a few other items of interest that a person coming from a movie normally would not carry such as an ice pick, a pair of handcuffs, silk stockings with holes cut in for the eyes and nose, and other items that a burglar might carry.

Ted’s “burglary kit” found during the search.

They called for a detective car and Deputy Ondrak came over and took the items into custody. We impounded the car and I took Mr. Bundy to the County Jail and booked him on the charge of ‘Attempting to Evade a Police Officer.’ The time of booking was approximately 3:30 A.M.”

 

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Bundy: The Hero

It’s rare that a brutal, violent criminal will commit humane acts worthy of approval. However, there are two stories that have long circulated about Ted Bundy suggesting he had a kinder side. In the summer of 1970, Bundy spent some time at Green Lake with friends, a popular park in central Seattle that offered trails, boating, dog walking, and swimming. Reports from that warm day indicate a 3-year-old child wandered away from his parents and was later spotted drowning in the deep water. Ted jumped into the lake, fully clothed, to rescue the child. This anecdote has been repeated many times and more than one version has been circulated. The original story was published by Ann Rule in her book, “The Stranger Beside Me.” In another instance, Ted was shopping with his girlfriend, Liz Kloepfer, when he took off running, much to her surprise. Liz was confused until she saw him chasing off a would-be thief who was attempting to steal an older woman’s pocketbook. He later received a commendation from the Seattle Police Department for catching the purse snatcher. This story was quoted in Kloepfer’s book, “The Phantom Prince.”

Both reports were given by people who knew Ted intimately, so their truth is likely. However, these tales give rise to the question “How can someone so violent and cruel save a life or rescue someone from a thief?” Prior to his criminal trials, Ted was diagnosed with narcissistic personality and antisocial personality disorders. Antisocial personalities are characterized by their complete disregard for others and narcissism connotes an inflated sense of self-importance. Both of these disorders contrast any acts of heroism or selflessness. It’s hardly likely that Bundy would have done anything for anyone but himself. Still, although he wasn’t diagnosed with having a hero complex, this could explain his selfless acts. People who strive for recognition often want to flaunt their bravery to those around them. In both instances, Bundy was surrounded by people. He clearly wanted to appear to be a valuable asset to the community and to be admired by members of his community. Bundy later sought recognition in 1984 when he offered to help the Green River Killer task force find their killer.

It’s evident that being perceived as a good guy and someone to be trusted was very important to Ted. He had a very difficult time revealing his true murderous feelings to anyone. It was far more important to show the nice guy “persona” to those around him, not only for his own self-esteem, but also to easily manipulate others. This also explains why he proclaimed his innocence until almost the very end of his life. It was extremely challenging for Ted to open up and admit to his crimes. So much so that in some of his final interviews, he is difficult to hear, whispering just loudly enough to be caught on the audio tape recording his confessions. Once we put these acts into context, it’s clear that Bundy committed them primarily to help himself. Had there not been anyone around to witness his behavior, it’s highly unlikely he would have lifted a finger to assist those in danger around him.

CrimeCon 2018

During the weekend of May 4-6, 2018, a group of ne’er-do-wells (myself included) gathered at the Gaylord Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee to enjoy a plethora of activities laid out for us. From exciting seminars to meeting our favorite podcasters, CrimeCon had it all. I stumbled upon the main area after entering the convention center around the back. When I arrived, I knew I was with my people. The large CrimeCon banner hung above revelers chatting, laughing, and gesticulating towards one another. I found myself drawn immediately to “Podcasters Row” where I could find such personalities as Justin and Aaron from Generation Why, Mike Morford from Criminology, and the very cool Mike & Gibby from True Crime All the Time (Unsolved).

With Mike Morford from the Criminology podcast

Aaron on the left & Justin on the right from Generation Why!

You have arrived!

Mike Ferguson (TCATT), Mike Morford (Criminology), moi, and Gibby (TCATT)

However, I was most excited when I met the effervescent Kristi Lee from Canadian True Crime! She was gracious and kind enough to introduce me to others of her ilk. I enjoyed meeting Mike from Dark Poutine and Anna from Case File, both Canadian podcasts.

Mike from Dark Poutine & Kristi Lee from Canadian True Crime

An American & a Canadian, eh?

I later ran into John from the Twisted podcast who interviewed me awhile back (see my link to the interview on this blog). In fact, look for another collaboration between John and me soon!

With John from Twisted!

I was also excited to pose for a photo with the amazing Keith Morrison from Dateline. You can tell by his expression that he was equally thrilled to be meeting me!

The one, the only, Keith Morrison from Dateline!

When the events kicked off, I found myself a little disoriented within the convention center, but I ended up in the Golden State Killer: A Deep Dive event hosted by Billy Jensen and Paul Haynes. Happily, the seminar was being given approximately 10 days after the long cold cases connected to this psychopath had been solved. The killer, Joseph DeAngelo, had been arrested, thereby shaking up the program and forcing some changes. The hosts decided upon having long-time GSK investigator, Paul Holes, and three of the killer’s surviving victims discuss their experiences and elation upon hearing their attacker had been linked decisively by DNA. It was an uplifting experience and I found myself riveted when Paul Holes talked about his investigative process and his attempts to catch DeAngelo through the years.

Another fantastic discussion was about the Delphi Murders. In February of 2017, the bodies of teenagers Liberty “Libby” German and Abigail Williams were found on a trail not far from their home. Family members and state police discussed details of the crime and tips received. The officer involved in the investigation noted that they “are very passionate about this case. We’re reminded that the family members are real people who had a tragic event occur in their lives.”

Suspect in the Delphi murders

Libby’s grandfather, Mike Patty, mentioned that both girls were interested in forensics and had taken a class related to it. He noted, “this guy’s out there. The fact of the matter is there’s a killer out there.” Earlier in the day I was lucky enough to talk briefly with Mr. Patty. He spoke to me about efforts to raise money and awareness because as he put it to me “somebody knows this guy.”

Another interesting event was called Profiling Serial Killers. Jim Clemente and John White, both former investigators, discussed the personalities of John Way Gacy, Derek Todd Lee, and Ronald Dominique. I was also attended the How to Catch a Liar seminar hosted by Steven Lampley. He advised that we hear lies every day and we can learn how to read them. He mentioned examples including finger tenting, failure to deny an accusation, not using contractions, stalling for time by repeating a question, and explained how officers often hand something directly to a suspect to determine whether they’re left or right-handed. Later in the day, I found myself in Nancy’s Grace’s presentation entitled Lady Justice.

Nancy Grace tells her story.

She was just as animated as she is on television and kept the audience riveted talking about her fiance who was murdered and various criminals she prosecuted in her home state of Georgia.

Though none of the events I attended were about Bundy, I must say that he was there in spirit. In fact, I gave out a few of my Bundy stickers to several of the podcasters who assured me they would hang them up as soon as they got home!

It’s as if he were there!

Anyway, one can’t possibly discuss true crime without a mention of the serial killer who started the media buzz, Mr. Theodore Robert Bundy himself. Perhaps next time, we’ll meet in person.

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Jeepers Creepers! Bundy was a Peeper!

Recently, when discussing the topic of “peeping Toms” with a colleague, she suggested that most people believe this type of voyeurism is a harmless activity. They feel it’s a rite of passage that boys hitting puberty are likely to engage in as their hormones rage. Despite the dismissive attitude, psychiatrists have found that peeping into neighbor’s windows can indicate a burgeoning interest in further criminal activities. It can act as a gateway to more violent acts. It can be dangerous if it interferes with the observer’s daily life. Considering this behavior often starts around age 15 most commonly in males, Ted Bundy was most definitely involved in it.

Watching you with those baby blues!

The definition of a Peeping Tom’s actions can be described as “a disorder that involves achieving sexual arousal by observing an unsuspecting and non-consenting person who is undressing or unclothed, and/or engaged in sexual activity. This behavior may conclude with masturbation by the voyeur.” What’s troublesome is that often, this behavior can be fueled by pornography and could escalate to more dangerous behavior. Bundy admitted to Dr. James Dobson during his final interview that he regularly viewed pornography as a teen. His Florida attorney, Polly Nelson stated he wandered alone all the time, going through trash cans to find pornographic magazines. Often young men start peeping then decide to break into homes and steal undergarments which can lead to physical attacks on their victims over time.
Ted readily admitted that he liked to “creep around in the darkness” and from a young age, he started sneaking out of his house at night. He would find young women in his neighborhood to watch throughout the neighborhood. He was once caught by a neighbor who discovered him watching a woman and threw water on him! This scene is depicted in the 2002 movie, Bundy,starring Michael Reilly Burke. When asked about this aberrant behavior in his childhood, Bundy pontificated, “This is something that a lot of young boys would do without intending any harm. But I see how it later formed the basis for the so-called entity, that part of me that began to visualize and fantasize more violent things.”

He’s not peeking…he swears!

Bundy was just one of many violent criminals who engaged in voyeurism during his youth. Canadian killer, Paul Bernardo, was an active peeping Tom who later became a brutal rapist and killer of teenage women. Maryland-based murderer, Jason Thomas Scott, started peeping when he was only 10 years old. He recorded much of what he saw and later evolved into breaking and entering and stealing before murdering at least 5 women in his local community.
Bundy would not have sought treatment nor would his mother have thought to take him to a therapist if she had been aware. Even in this day and age we aren’t always cognizant of the danger brewing within the minds of teenagers. However, there is no doubt there is a connection between peeping and escalating violence. Ted Bundy’s teenage years were a perfect example of how ignorance is hardly ever bliss.
Sources:
Medicinenet.com (www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=46420)
Health 24 (https://m.health24.com/Sex/Sexual-diversity/Inside-the-mind-of-a-peeping-Tom-20120721)
Chesterfield Observer (www.chesterfieldobserver.com/news/15-02-25/Front-page/Just_a_peep_Experts_say_voyeurs_can_turn_violent.html )
Morris, Rebecca. “Ted & Ann.” CreateSpace independent Publishing Platform, 2013.
Murderpedia (murderpedia.org/male.S/s/scott-jason-thomas.htm)
Pron, Nick. “Lethal Marriage.” 39-40, 44, 1996. (Scarsborough Rapist)

Ted’s Love Bites

In the normal practice of love-making, it is sometimes arousing to gently bite your partner. There is something forbidden about it, something animalistic. Certainly many people in consenting couplings have enjoyed a tender nip on the earlobe, maybe on the shoulder, without fear of horrific pain. Though not much is known about Ted’s sex life, his former fiancée Liz Kloepfer, wrote that Ted was a passionate lover who was into “normal sex,” except when he wasn’t. She recounts times when he encouraged her to engage in sex acts that weren’t satisfying to her and when she balked, he finally stopped mentioning them. One can only imagine the violence his victims endured before the final act of strangulation came upon them. Though many of his early victims’ bodies had decomposed before police located them, the women he brutally murdered in Florida bore evidence of aberrant and bestial violence. On sorority sister, Lisa Levy, police identified a savage bite mark left behind on her left buttock. This evidence would later be used to convict Bundy in the first of his two trials in the Sunshine State.

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Bundy had a very unusual bite and was convicted on this evidence.

Odaxelagnia is described by Wikipedia as “a sexual paraphilia concerning individuals who derive sexual pleasure and arousal through biting or being bitten.” According to the Forensic and Medico-Legal Aspects of Sexual Crimes and Unusual Practices, odaxelagnia is “mild sadism used in necrophilia.” One thing we know about Ted, through his own admission, is that he was a true necrophiliac. He returned to his victims’ bodies over and over until there was nothing left with which to engage. The biting of his victims would be considered normal behavior for someone who enjoys intimacy with the dead. Many biters fantasize about chewing, biting, or otherwise using the mouth or teeth aggressively or destructively. German serial killer, Fritz Haarmann, killed his juvenile victims by tearing out their throats with his teeth. Fictional murderer, Francis Dolarhyde from Thomas Harris’ book, “Red Dragon,” had dentures made so he could bite his victims while in his imagined dragon form. However, most juvenile biters will tend to outgrow this behavior once they’ve learned new ways of dealing with their anger.

 It has been observed that bite marks can provide both physical and biological evidence against the perpetrator of the wound. However, bite mark evidence has recently come under scrutiny. This type of evidence is no longer seen by many as a valid tool to convict criminals. Jo Handelsman, the former assistant director of the White House Office of Science and Technology policy noted that “bite mark evidence lacks scientific foundation.” She also stated that results and accuracy were “widely varied.” There has been an unusually high error rate falsely identifying suspects as the guilty party. The trial of convicted offender Paul Aaron Ross was overturned due to questions about bite mark evidence and the Innocence Project claims more and more guilty verdicts have been vacated as the use of bite mark evidence has been questioned and reanalyzed.  images (3).jpg

Chris Fabricant from the Innocence Project states that “bite mark analysis is subjective speculation, masquerading as science.” In 1989, Steven Chaney was convicted of a double murder and sentenced to life in prison based mostly on bite mark evidence found on one of the victims. Dentist Jim Hales told the jury the evidence was conclusion to the point of “one in a million” chance anyone else could have bitten the victim. He later stated that his conclusion was scientifically unsound. Further testing has provided myriad false positive results when attempting to match bite marks to a suspect’s teeth because human skin cannot accurately record a bite mark since wounds stretch, swell, and heal.

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Though Bundy was executed in 1989 for the murder of 12 year old Kimberley Leach, not Lisa Levy, it’s interesting to consider how he was convicted at his 1979 trial. We know he was a horrific murderer, necrophile, and rapist, but how much to we really know about Bundy’s love bites? 

Resources:

Webb, David. Journal of Forensic Sciences. “Forensic Implications of Biting Behavior.” 

“Aggrawal, Anil. 2009. “Forensic & Medico-Legal Aspects of Sexual Crimes & Unusual Sexual Practices.”

Augenstein, Seth. July 24, 2015, Forensic Magazine. “Is This the End of Bite-Mark Evidence?”

Kaplan, Sarah.  October 13, 2015, Washington Post.“Texas inmate’s 1989 conviction overturned after bite mark evidence discredited.”

Ted’s 69th birthday

If Ted Bundy had taken the deal he was offered in Florida for the Chi Omega murders, he might still be alive to see his 69th birthday today. However, the offer would require him to admit guilt in the death of two sorority women in January of 1978. If you’re keeping score, one of the only things Bundy couldn’t bring himself to do was to admit his guilt (at least until the very end of his life). Bundy absolutely refused to admit he’d killed the young women in the university house, thereby nullifying the plea agreement and was given the death penalty. That said, Ted had no way of knowing he’d be convicted of Kimberly Leach’s murder and sentenced to death.

Bundy

“Happy birthday to me!”

 

Despite what could have been for Ted, today is hardly a day to “celebrate” the birth of one of America’s most violent 20th century serial killers. Instead, it should be a time of reflection and remembrance of the young women murdered in this country every day. Bundy’s victims had barely reached an age of independence to seek out their futures and experience life as an adult. Instead, their lives were snuffed out to fulfill the desires of a psychopath’s lust, then discarded as if they were trash.

Though I am growing less comfortable with capital punishment in the United States, I have to say, I’m glad Bundy’s life was ended on January 24, 1989. There are those who feel he should have been allowed to live to assist psychiatrists and sociologists better understand the psychopathic brain. While some dangerous men like Ted would be forthcoming about their true intentions and guilt, I doubt Bundy would have done so. It was only the promise of death that pressured him to give more information, and that was only done with the hope he would be given another stay of execution by the governor of Florida.

Therefore, don’t give another thought to Ted Bundy’s birth today. Rather, imagine what the lives of the women whose lives he took would have been like. They would have been mothers and wives, lawyers and teachers, radio hosts and actors. The families they left behind will always wonder, but for the birth of Theodore Robert Cowell Nelson Bundy, they will never know.

Bundy Quote Analyzed

“I don’t like being locked up for something I didn’t do, and I don’t like my liberty taken away, and I don’t like being treated like an animal, and I don’t like people walking around and ogling me like I’m some sort of weirdo, because I’m not.” 

Long before Ted Bundy admitted to committing several murders for which he was charged, he denied every single charge against him, including kidnapping and murder. He was innocent, dammit, and had clearly been arrested on trumped-up charges! He threatened police and jailers over his reputation being smeared and shouted out during his trials, denying any accusation of wrong-doing.

Bundy in prison in Florida.

Bundy in prison in Florida.

Like any sociopath, Bundy was all about appearances. Despite him having very little depth of character, he was used to showing his “good guy” image to the world. He simply couldn’t stand the idea of people seeing him in a negative light. To admit guilt was to admit being less than perfect. It’s also a lot harder to charm people if they’re already wary of you. If nothing else, Bundy was a master manipulator.

Bundy was also an addict. He was addicted to murder, rape, and the power they afforded him in his private life. To be in prison for any amount of time was to deny him his addictive substance. Very few women were around him while he was locked away and it helps explain his 2 successful escapes from prison in Colorado.

It took over a decade before Bundy gave up on trying to convince people of his innocence. By then, his execution was near and he had no more appeals. He no longer had to worry about what people thought of him or whether he was reviled by humanity for his evil deeds. He confessed to several murders as his mask of innocence fell for the last time and humanity breathed a sigh of relief.