TED, Ted Bundy, Ted Rages discussed on Serial Killers
For days. Ken and his detectives questioned Ted. They brought him cigarettes to win him over and eventually Ted agreed to reveal his identity on one condition. He wanted a phone call. He wanted to call Liz club for. He warned her that she'd soon see really ugly stories about him on the news he was right once. The media got a hold of the story. Ted's name was everywhere at the time he was already one of the ten most wanted men in the US. The Chi Omega murders only raised his profile. But the thing that truly sealed Ted Bundy and America's collective consciousness was perhaps not the details of his crimes but his bizarre performance at his own murder trials. Following Ted's indictment the Florida State Supreme Court made an unprecedented ruling due to the high level of public interest. In the case. Ted's trial would not only be open to Florida residents. It would be the first murder trial to be nationally. Televised in June of Nineteen seventy-nine hundreds of people flooded the Miami courtroom for the first day of proceedings television crews from all fifty states and nine countries set up lights and rolled cameras and spectators many of them young women fascinated by the curiously charming murderer filled seats as thirty two year. Old Ted entered the courtroom he beamed at the crowds and winked at cameras. He had an audience. The entire nation was watching. Ever the showman. The spectators only emboldened Ted. He made impassioned speeches and crack jokes making the courtroom roar with laughter just as he did during the Carol Durant case and despite his lack of a law degree Ted led his own defense though. A team of young public defenders was assigned to his case. Ted assumed the position of lead counsel much to their annoyance multiple times. He drove his lawyers to walk out of the courtroom in frustration. Ted insisted on cross examining witnesses often undermining his own argument in the process and in the end there was little his attorneys could do to stop him. Ted was too caught up playing lawyer in the role of a lifetime but the stakes couldn't be higher for all of his showmanship. His impassioned speeches and the Ad Trix. Ted was still dealt the death penalty on July thirty. First Nineteen seventy nine in his thick southern drawl. Judge Edward Cowart sentence Ted to the electric chair but it seemed that even the judge at Ted's murder trial hadn't escaped the serial killers charms after he delivered his verdict coward lamented that he saw a bright young man's potential wasted. He stated. Take care of yourself. Young Man I say that to you sincerely. It is a tragedy for this court to see such a total waste of humanity. You're a bright young man. You'd have made a good lawyer and I'd have loved to have you practice in front of me but you went another way partner. I don't have any animosity to you. I want you to know that but even after being sentenced to death. Ted's antics were far from over in January of nineteen eighty. Ted represented himself for the last time in the murder trial of twelve year old Kimberly Leach and once again he was given the death penalty but it was nearly a decade before. He saw his sentence through in that time. Ted Bundy lingered on death row taking interviews with journalists since psychologists and as execution grew closer. He began admitting to more murders just to delay his sentence ultimately he admitted to thirty one in total but Ted could only delay fate for so long on January twenty fourth nineteen eighty nine forty two year old. Ted took his seat in the Electric Chair. In front of a large picture window behind it was a gallery of onlookers. Many of whom were witnesses at his trial in his last words to his very last audience. Ted Apologize For all the trouble he caused. Then a metal skullcap was placed on his head followed by Black. Could the executioner flip the switch and moments later at seven six? Am Ted Bundy was pronounced dead at his request? Ted was cremated and his ashes were scattered at an undisclosed location in the cascades in Washington state for after his death. Ted Bundy took his place among a class of America's most prolific serial killers but his bloody legacy lives on not because of the number of his crimes. But because of Ted himself. Americans were and still are fascinated with the good-looking charmer with a capacity to kill. It's this duality. That we fixate on the shadowy boundary between all American men and notorious murderer that he embodied so well countless movies documentaries and books both fiction and not have been inspired by his brutality and his charisma making him into a kind of macab. Celebrity Ted Bundy has become synonymous with the idea of serial killer the prototype of a psychopathic lust murderer. But as the media's love affair with Ted Rages on it begs the question. Was this what he ultimately wanted? There's no doubt Ted used his unique position at his televised trial to his benefit. But perhaps he'd always intended to make a lasting impression that would live on long past his inevitable death in Ted's last act he'd manipulated an entire nation creating a dark stain on our collective consciousness..