Category: Serial Killing
Location: United States
Date: 1973 - 1978
Crime: Eventually confessed to the murders of 30 young women, it is believed that he may have killed many more than that. Most of his victims were bludgeoned, raped, then strangled to death, after which he would engage in necrophilia. In 1989, he was executed by electric chair in Florida.
Biography: Bundy had a very unconventional childhood, born to his unwed mother in Vermont, with no clear record of who his father was. Many believed his true father was his mother's own abusive father, although she denied that charge and said she was seduced by a war veteran. He was raised by his maternal grandparents and led Bundy to believe that his mother, who lived there too, was really his older sister. He was described as shy and introverted throughout his high school and college years, and Bundy himself said he had no natural inclination towards appropriate social behavior. It is unclear as to when Bundy actually began killing. He is linked to the disappearance of a neighbor's eight-year old daughter when he was just fourteen years old, however, Bundy himself claims he killed his first victim in 1972. In 1973 and 1974, female college students in Washington, began disappearing at a rate of one per month. While attending law school in Utah, Bundy took his act on the road and continued his killings in Idaho, Utah and Colorado. He was arrested in 1975 in connection with one of his murders, but escaped from the courthouse during his trial. Caught after six days, he was placed back in prison, where he eventually escaped and made his way to Florida. It had been 2 1/2 years since his last killing, and once in Florida, erupted and over the next month went on a spree attacking and killing several university students and leaving several others severely injured. Finally, on February 15, 1978 Bundy was arrested for the last time.