Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy

Original Name Theodore Robert Cowell
South Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Death 24 Jan 1989 (aged 42)
Starke, Bradford County, Florida, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Allegedly spread over the Cascade Mountains in Washington State
Memorial ID 3089 · View Source
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Serial Killer. Convicted of three murders, police believe he has killed 26 women for certain, and possibly many more. Most of the victims were young women, ranging in age from 12 to 22, with dark brown shoulder length hair, parted in the middle. Born Theodore Robert Cowell at a home for unwed mothers in Burlington, Vermont, he never knew his father. His mother, Louise Cowell, and Ted initially lived with her strict Methodist parents in Philadelphia. In 1950, Louise and Ted moved to Tacoma, Washington, where Louise met and married John Bundy, in 1951. Ted had a mixed childhood, getting good grades, but having an explosive temper that got him in trouble with his teachers. In 1971, he enrolled in the University of Washington. His first known victim was Linda Healy, killed on January 31, 1974. By mid-July 1974, he had killed and raped eight young women, all of them with dark, shoulder length hair parted in the middle, in the vicinity of Seattle, Washington. However, witnesses had identified a suspicious young man named "Ted" who had approached several women asking for their help. By the time authorities had heard of Ted Bundy, he had moved on to Salt Lake City, killing and raping four more women there. In the early months of 1975, he had moved on to Colorado, where he killed and raped four more young women. Returning to Salt Lake City, he was arrested by police on suspicion of burglary, when his erratic driving attracted police attention, and they discovered handcuffs, a stocking mask, and other unusual items in his car. A potential victim, Carol Da Ronch, identified Bundy as the man who attacked her in Colorado, and he was held for attempted kidnapping. Escaping from police custody, Bundy moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where in January 1978, he raped and killed two college sorority sisters, and beat two more, leaving them for dead, all in the same night. Moving on to Jacksonville, Florida, he then killed 12-year-old Kimberly Leach, but was discovered by police in Pensacola, Florida, when they noticed his car had stolen license plates. Arrested, he was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to death in 1979. Bundy stalled his execution with repeated frivolous appeals almost ten years, but was finally put to death in January 1989. During the time of his appeals, he confessed to 20 to 30 murders, admitting his first murder was an unidentified hitchhiker killed in May 1973. Authorities generally agree he was responsible for murders of seven other women, committed between 1973 and 1975, while some believe he may have killed up to 100 or more.

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  • Added: 17 Jun 1998
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ted Bundy (24 Nov 1946–24 Jan 1989), Find a Grave Memorial no. 3089, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Allegedly spread over the Cascade Mountains in Washington State.