Ted Bundy

RORY: Well, Jamie must be special.

PARIS: Or Ted Bundy.

Theodore “Ted” Bundy, born Theodore Cowell (1946-1989), serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. After more than a decade of denials, he confessed to 30 murders committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. His true victim total is unknown, and is likely significantly higher.

Bundy was regarded as charismatic and handsome, and exploited this to win the trust of both his victims and society as a whole – hence Paris sardonic comment that a “nice guy” like Jamie may be too good to be true.

In 1975, Bundy was arrested and jailed for aggravated kidnapping and attempted criminal assault. He then became a suspect in a progressively longer list of unsolved homicides in several states. Bundy engineered two dramatic escapes and committed further assaults, including three murders, before his ultimate recapture in 1978. He received three death sentences in two trials and was executed at Florida State Prison.

Bundy has been described as “a sadistic sociopath”, and “the very definition of heartless evil.” He called himself, “the most cold-hearted son-of-a-bitch you’ll ever meet”.

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