S10: Infamous: Ted Bundy Pt. 2

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Due to the graphic nature of this killer's crimes. Listener discretion is advised. This episode includes discussions of abuse, murder and sexual assault that some people may find offensive. We advise extreme caution for children under thirteen. December thirty, first nineteen, seventy, seven, another freezing morning at Garfield County jail in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, as the early guard, began his shift, he whistled to himself, desperately, trying to inject some cheer into the place. It was new years after all. But, as he made his way further down the row of cells, his whistling stopped at the end of the hall was one cell. He dreaded visiting. Ted. Bundy was Nice, enough charming, even, but the guard knew what he was in for murder. The thought gave him chills. So as he approached Mr Bundy's cell at the end of the hall, he steeled himself. But what he saw when he arrived was off. Ted's dinner tray from the night before had been left untouched, this alone was nothing unusual. Ted had lost his appetite in the last few weeks. Sometimes only taking a few bites of meals every day. It seemed he got an ear. But it wasn't the UNEATEN Food and Ted sell that made the guard uneasy. It was the fact that Ted wasn't up. Usually at that hour, he was wide, awake, reading or clicking away in his typewriter. The looked over at Ted, asleep under some blankets and called his name. Ted didn't stir then he called again louder this time still nothing. The guards mind began to race oh God. Was He dead? The guard unlock the SAL rushed inside the tiny whitewall broom when he pulled back the blanket of the bank. His heart nearly stopped. Underneath was nothing but a pile of books Ted Bundy had escaped again. Hi I'm Greg Poulsen. This is serial killers apar- cast original every Monday we dive into the minds and madness of serial killers. This is our second episode on Ted Bundy One of the most notorious serial killers of twentieth century I'm here with my co host Vanessa Richardson. Hi everyone, you can find episodes of serial killers, and all other podcast originals for free on spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts to stream serial killers for free on spotify just open the APP and type serial killers in the search bar. At Park. Asked grateful for you, our listeners. You allow us to do it, we love. Let us know how we're doing. Reach out on facebook and Instagram at podcast and twitter at parkhouse network, and if you enjoyed today's episode, the best way to help us to leave a five star review wherever you're listening, it really does help last week. We cover Ted Bundy's background from chaotic childhood to a struggle with identity and rejection as a young man. We also followed his slow metamorphosis into a killer, leaving nearly a dozen murders in his wake in nineteen, seventy four. This week will track Ted as he continues his killing spree mutilating and Nearly, forty young women in cities across America it was a bloody rampage that spurred multiple arrests and trials, leading him to become one of America's most infamous killers. By the summer of Nineteen, seventy four Ted Bundy's transformation into a serial killer was complete for the previous six months, twenty-seven-year-old Ted had terrorized the Pacific northwest, he began in Seattle, targeting female co eds at the University of Washington, but eventually expanded his hunting crowns, Ted abducted and murdered college, aged women on university campuses in alleys and hitchhiking off the interstate, but no matter where his victims were from, they all looked the same police, and the media noted that each victim was white, young attractive, and had long Brunette hair parted down the middle. Across the northwest young women started bleaching their hair blond in a desperate attempt to avoid the same fate with no reliable evidence or witnesses, the Seattle PD was at a loss, watching helplessly as women continued to disappear, but they still had hope a lead would emerge. The killer was growing more brazen abducting multiple women in a single month, sometimes even mere blocks away from the last crime scene. They knew it was only a matter of time before he made a critical mistake. Then finally on July fourteenth nineteen. seventy-four Ted's violent sexual desires got the better of his caution. He abducted both nineteen year old denise, Naslund, and twenty three year old. Janice ought at links park back to back in broad daylight. One of Ted's defining characteristics as a killer was his boldness Ted was a risk taker, and he prided himself in testing his limits. In fact, it's possible that Ted's overwhelming desire to push the envelope obscured the possible ramifications of his actions. Almost as he believed, he was immune like there was no situation, he couldn't slip out of. Vanessa's going to take over on the psychology here and throughout the episode, please note. Vanessa is not a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist, but she has done a lot of research for this show. Thanks Greg. Many researchers and psychologists have found a link between boldness and psychopathy and according to psychological researcher Shannon J Fernandez in her article entitled prediction of a rise of antisocial personality disorder. This connection may be explained by the brain activity of adolescence risk, taking and teenagers is caused by an undeveloped cognitive control system, the areas of the brain responsible for regulating impulses and making positive long-term decisions, however, though most individuals see a decline in risk taking behavior as these areas of the brain, mature psychopaths continue these tendencies well into adulthood. If risk is consistently met by reward, some adults may develop a kind. kind of fixation on the behavior associated with that risk, and if left unchecked, these tendencies may progress years, and even decades past adolescence, this may lead to what Fernandez describes as desensitization and fearlessness and a need for higher level risk, taking in order to achieve stimulation for Ted this behavior, most likely stemmed from his peeping. Tom Days as a teenager for over a decade. His voyeuristic habit went unchecked. Meaning the only outcome Ted faced was his own sexual gratification, however, once the thrill of peering into women's bedroom windows no longer scratched that each Ted's fixation gradually progressed into something much more violating. It's important to note however that not all risk taking behaviors from adolescence may develop into violence, depending on the objective associated with this risk desensitization may have different outcomes such as drug addiction, but if an individual stimulation is achieved through antisocial behavior, psychopathic tendencies may be born. For months, each murder Ted committed had been met with nothing but reward. He had killed nearly a dozen women, and in return he received sexual release and escape entirely without consequence, but that changed with the murders of Denise Naslund and Janice Odd in July of nineteen seventy four this time his boldness had made him slip up before he abducted Janet Ted had introduced himself to her within earshot of witnesses, and now the authorities were onto him now they had his name. Though police weren't positive. That Ted was the real name of the killer. They had good reason to believe that they were on the right trail. As soon as they released the information to the public, they were flooded with thousands of leads. People across Washington state called with their hunches, and soon by cross-referencing, which of those men also drove a ten VW bug. They narrowed down their suspects from thousands to just one hundred on that list was twenty seven year old Theodore Bundy. A coworker of Ted's as well as one of his former professors submitted his name to the Saddle PD, but when asked by police, if they observed suspicious behavior outside of his similarities to the suspect, neither had an answer, they were mere acquaintances with a hunch, nothing more and on paper Ted was practically a boy scout a well liked young law student with a squeaky clean record, so detectives simply put his name on a list and moved on. There was only one person who could blow the lid off of Ted's facade and she wasn't talking yet. For, almost a year Ted's term girlfriend Elizabeth Clever observed that there was something strange going on with Ted he often disappeared in the middle of the night after they've gone to sleep and once Liz even found a bag of unfamiliar women's clothing in his apartment, but at the time. She didn't think her boyfriend could be a killer. She assumed he was cheating on her. This, devastated Liz so much so that she was too absorbed with his possible infidelity to realize the striking connection between her ted, and the one at Lake Sammamish. That was the case at least until he left. Ted had decided to try his hand law school once again this time at the University of Utah, and so when Ted left Washington near the end of the summer in Nineteen, seventy four. Liz was left with the space to put it all together. The nighttime disappearances the clothes. All of that was deeply troubling for weeks. Friends urged her to call the police and for weeks she resisted. Then finally on August. Eighth Nineteen, seventy-four Liz called the Seattle PD. But when detectives took down her tip, they simply filed it among all the others without further evidence, matching their killer with Liz's description, Liz's lead was just another call from a jilted girlfriend and they'd had plenty of those. Seattle detectives were at a loss with no promising leads. Their trail went cold, and suddenly after nearly a year, women stopped disappearing. Ted Bundy had moved onto another hunting ground. Salt Lake City. As Ted drove south on the interstate toward Utah, he remembered feeling euphoric. Once again he was going to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer and leaving Washington was a relief now that the police had his first name, he knew his time was limited before they caught onto him in Utah. He be safe. He'd have a fresh start. Ted arrived in Salt Lake City and he did what he was best at he blended in he threw himself into studies and quickly made friends that the University of Utah, and though he had lives kept in touch and continued their relationship long distance, he started dating another law student Sharon our. That year he was baptized and became an involved member of the Church of the Latter Day saints, attending congregation meetings and church functions, but no matter what identity Ted put on, he was still a wolf in sheep's clothing and salt. Lake City had plenty of rams. Once again Ted found himself surrounded by young beautiful college students, and once again his violent urges became too overwhelming to contain in the fall of nineteen, seventy four. He began his second murder spree. Sources vary on some of the details and circumstances of each of Ted's kills, but according to author and rules book the Stranger beside me. Next victims were claimed in the following order. Electoral Second. Ted broke his abstinence and murdered sixteen year old Nancy Wilcox. Her body was never found. That same month on October, eighteenth ted killed seventeen year old Melissa Smith the daughter of a local police chief. She was last seen by her father at home before she left to meet a friend for dinner nine days later, her body was found in the wilderness, a nylon stocking around her neck. She'd been beaten raped and strangled on Halloween less than two weeks later seventeen year old Laura aim vanished. Her body was found in the wasatch mountains on Thanksgiving Day, but not all of Ted's attacks successful on November, Eighth Nineteen, seventy, four one victim escaped. Eighteen year old Carol Durant was window shopping at a local mall when a man claiming to be a police officer approached her. He told Carol. He'd seen someone break into her car and asked her to come with him to the parking lot. She needed to verify if was missing from her vehicle. Carol was caught off guard by the seemingly normal looking man. He was just wearing street clothes. No uniform, but she figured the officer was working undercover, so she followed him outside. Once Carol look through her car. She grew suspicious. Nothing it seemed was missing, but the officer insisted she keep looking then he asked her to come with him back to the station. Defile report finally. Carol had enough she wasn't getting in the car with a stranger. She asked to see some kind of identification. The officer pulled out his wallet and showed her his badge. Embarrassed that she doubted him, she agreed to go to the station. When they approach the officer's Car Carol Thought It was strange that he drove a VW bug, but still tasting her earlier embarrassment, she didn't say a word. They drove off in silence away from the mall. After a moment the officer suddenly pulled the car over and parked care last him what he was doing. Of answering, he grabbed her wrist and handcuffed it. Carol panicked she struggled as the man attempted to secure the second cuff, but he pulled out a gun. He threatened. I'll blow your head off. But this only spurred caroline to action, she opened the car door and jumped out. The man followed in tackled her to the ground Carol kept fighting. She thrashed scratched, but he seemed unaffected. When Carol looked up at her attacker. There was no range on his face. What she saw was far more terrifying. His eyes were blank deadened. Finally Carol broke free from his grasp and sprinted toward an approaching car. She opened the door and jumped in the back seat, crying hysterical. She begged the driver to take her to the police station. Carol durant narrowly escaped an awful fate, but she had just fled with her life. She knew her abductors identity his face. Coming up Ted Bundy continues his murderous rampage in Colorado and faces the first of many trials. Now back to the story. In the summer of Nineteen seventy four twenty seven year old Ted Bundy's brazen murders in the Pacific northwest finally drew the attention of the Seattle PD. Ted sought out a fresh start in another state that fall. He left Washington to enroll in law school at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. But once again his dark urges followed him. In less than three months he killed four more victims, but one woman managed to escape. Ted had left his first living witness eighteen year old Carol Garage In November of Nineteen, seventy, four immediately after escaping, Carol went to the police to report her abductor. She had no name or concrete evidence. Just the handcuffs still attached to her wrist, and the image of his face burned into her mind for months, police kept their eyes open for the PERP, but came up empty handed. After the day of Carol Escape Ted tried to ignore his bloodlust, and keep his head down, but even still his darker impulses had gotten in the way of his education, he failed out of law school for the second time. Twenty eight year old returned to Seattle in January of Nineteen, seventy, five to visit Liz after spending almost half a year apart. She observed that Ted had seemingly changed for the better. His temperamental nature was long gone. The tender warm-hearted man she loved had returned. Liz felt an enormous amount of guilt forever, giving his name to the Seattle. PD But little. Did she know Ted? Had committed his own betrayal. He was still dating Sharon our and Utah. Neither Liz nor Ted revealed their respective secrets instead they made plans to get married and decided to have their wedding the following winter. Then as quickly as he came, Ted was gone again. He told Liz he was returning to the University of Utah for his spring semester, but that was just one more lie designed to conceal his biggest secret of all instead Ted left Washington to kill again. By this point Ted had been murdering for almost exactly one year. In that time he established a sort of pattern or cycle. He would kill in a frenzy for months consumed entirely by his bloodlust, then he would suddenly stop for a time as if the urge had simply passed. That January, when he returned to Washington and saw Liz Ted was in this dormant period, charming and collected, it was kind of calm before the storm of his next murderous rampage Dr Frederick. worthen them defines these stages of criminal action as a catatonic crisis worth embrace down the concept into a series of steps, these include an emotional buildup that precipitates into the crime, a calmness after the crime that allows the. The person to behave normally and finally a resolution, a stage in which the individual self regulates adjusting so that the act won't be repeated, however, according to criminologist Donald J sears, serial killers never reached this final stage of resolution. Instead they'll be caught in a perpetual cycle of build up and release as this pattern continues, sears explains that each crime will only become more violent and more frequent than the last. And for Ted, there was no doubt that he'd been consumed by this bloody back loop. For a year Ted at held onto a small semblance of normalcy, his dream of becoming a lawyer, but by January of nineteen seventy-five, it seemed as if Ted had given that up to succumbing to his bloodlust. When he left Liz. SEATTLE HE DIDN'T GO BACK TO UTAH. To continue. Was Law laundry instead? He went to Colorado with only one goal in mind to rape and slaughter as many women as he could. On January twelfth, Nineteen seventy, five, twenty eight year old. Ted made his way to the ski town of Snowmass Village Colorado where he abducted twenty-three-year-old Karen Campbell from the wildwood in. Karen was at the INN while on a ski vacation with her fiance that evening the couple was relaxing by the fire in the lobby. When she left to grab a magazine from their room, she stepped into the hotel elevator and was never seen again. Thirty six days later, her body was found naked and ravaged by animals in the surrounding mountains, and soon there were more. From January to July of Nineteen seventy-five Ted killed four more victims. The same epidemic of missing women that plagued the Pacific Northwest and Utah was now happening in Colorado. But before authorities could find lead, the murder stopped. Ted once again moved on. It's unclear. Why but Ted traveled back to Salt Lake City in early July. Perhaps it was to visit his second long distance, girlfriend, Sharon, our whatever the reason. His Return to Utah was his biggest misstep yet. August. Sixteenth, one, thousand, nine, hundred, seventy, five at two am. Ted was pulled over by police and his car was searched. Inside they found a series of suspicious items. Rope an ice pick a crowbar handcuffs among others. But to the police officer, these weren't weapons of murder. They were burglary tools. Ted was arrested, but ultimately released without bail. It was only after he'd walked back into the night that the police noticed something chilling Ted match the description of a wanted suspect Carol garanges kidnapper. A few days later Ted was brought back to the station to participate in a lineup of suspects for Carol to identify in preparation. Ted entirely altered his appearance, shaving his moustache and changing his haircut, but nothing would make Carol forget the face of her would be killer. Those thin lips at straight pointed knows it was him. Ted was arrested and charged with Carol Ranch's abduction for months as he languished in jail, awaiting trial. Ted Wasn't identified for a single other crime. And so on February Twenty Third Nineteen Seventy six twenty nine year old Ted was tried for kidnapping and nothing more. At the trial Ted was anything, but defeated or remorseful. He felt exhilarated. He loved the intensity of the courtroom. He may not have finished law school, but he used his own case as a way to flex his legal know how ted wanted to be as involved as possible in his defense, he did extensive research and frequently consulted with his attorney. He started around the courtroom confident that he would win the fight. He was wrong on March first Ted was found guilty and sentenced to one to fifteen years in prison for the first time he'd have to suffer the consequences of his actions, and it wasn't long before his true crimes came back to haunt him. Eight months into a sentence Ted was charged with Karen Campbell's murder for months. Detectives in Colorado had been gathering circumstantial evidence that place Ted at the wildwood. In at the time, Karen went missing. When they learned, their prime suspect had already been imprisoned for kidnapping. They believed they had their man. Thirty year old Ted was extradited to Colorado. That Winter Ted lost his biggest supporters Liz clip for and Sharon. Our listen Sharon had stood by Ted side throughout the Carol durant trial completely unaware that he was seeing both of them. But with the murder charge, the two women reached their breaking points they both left him, and so with few supporters left, and with the looming possibility of a death sentence Ted took matters into his own hands. On July Seventh Nineteen seventy seven Ted attended a pretrial hearing in Aspen Colorado that would determine whether or not he would face the death penalty. That morning during a court recess, ted asked to use the courthouses long library. This was not an unusual request just like he had with Carol. Durant trial Ted was adamant about researching his own defense, and so the deputies allowed ted access alone and unshackled. As. The deputies waited in the hallway outside. Ted opened the libraries second. Window and jumped. As soon as he hit the ground, he felt us, hearing pain. Shoot up his lack. The impact tore ligaments in his ankle, but Ted didn't stop. He scrambled to his feet and sprinted toward the surrounding mountains by the time deputies realized he was gone, already disappeared into the Colorado wilderness. Ted's escape was no impulsive decision. For weeks he'd been planning his escape and he'd worn multiple layers of clothing for the occasion. He was going to need all the warmth. He could get to survive freezing nights at elevated altitudes. Ted was determined to go as high and as far as he could. Ted Remembered psyching himself up as he made his way into the mountains. He later told journalists I was saying to myself again and again you must go, you must go. Don't hesitate. Don't stop! Don't stop. Ted had good reason to keep running because very soon. An army of Colorado ones rallied together to hunt him down. Authorities orchestrated a sweeping manhunt. Locals from the area even showed up to volunteer on horseback armed with rifles. Everyone. It seemed wanted to track Ted Bundy. down. Police set up checkpoints on the only two roads of Aspen, hoping they'd catch the killer as he tried to flee town, but not a single vehicle contained the runaway murderer. Bat was because Ted hadn't left his first night on the Lam. He broke into an empty hunting cabin. Only partway up the mountain. He spent every night after outside in the freezing woods, trekking the wilderness with his injured ankle just steps ahead of a team of search dogs. But eventually a brutal rainstorm forest, Ted from his hiding place in the mountains exhausted starving and nearly twenty five pounds lighter, he made his way to a small town below got a meal and stole a car. It was time to get out of dodge. But Ted's Road to freedom was short on. July Thirteenth Nineteen, seventy, seven at two am. Police stopped a car driving erratically and the highway inside a haggard, looking man with wild eyes, squinted into the beam. The officers flashlight. Finally, they found Ted. Bundy was on the run for nearly a week before he was apprehended when he returned to prison, he flashed his signature grin for the cameras, and as reporters crowded around him. He cracked jokes downplaying his escape. He told them honest to God I just got sick and tired of being locked up. For the next five and a half months ted languished in prison, awaiting his murder trial, but he had no intention of setting foot in court with a twenty five pound head start after his escape, he continued to starve himself until he was thin enough to fit through an opening in the ceiling of a cell where light fixture hadn't yet been installed. In. The early hours of December thirty, first, nineteen, seventy, seven, ted made his move at less than one hundred forty pounds. He lifted himself through the hole in his ceiling, and army crawled through the air shafts into the guards apartment located above his cell from bear. He dropped into the room and stole a set of clothes then he walked out the front door. Ted Bundy America's most prolific serial killer escaped for the second time and slipped into the winter night. Ted Bundy goes on a bloody road trip across America and captures the fascination of the entire country now back to the story. From Nineteen, seventy, four to nineteen, seventy, five, ted bundy murdered at least seventeen women, moving his killing spree from the Pacific Northwest to Utah then Colorado. But when an unrelated arrest led to his first murder charge Ted realized. His time was fleeting. In. The months following his extradition to Colorado, he made not one, but two escapes, and on new, Year's eve of nine, thousand, nine, hundred, seventy, seven, thirty, one year, old Ted broke out of prison and disappeared into the night. That morning, using money donated for his Defense Fund Ted Secured. His exit out of Colorado he hopped on a bus to the Denver airport and then took a plane to Chicago from there. He wrote a train to Ann Arbor, Michigan but at the time Ted's priority wasn't hiding out. It was college football. On January. Second Ted cheered on his Alma Mater University of Washington. As they defeated the University of Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Then that night without a single sent to his name, he slept in the sanctuary of a local methodist church the next morning. He stole a car. Ted decided he needed to be as far away from the North West as possible, so he set his sights on the opposite corner of the country. He went to Florida. Ted figured that in Florida. No one would be looking for him. He wasn't wrong. Due to a lack of expedient communication between police departments, the sunshine state was left in the dark. After his escape, in Colorado, the feds got involved in the hunt for Ted. And soon he was placed on the FBI's most wanted list, but even so with no computers and no central database authorities on the east coast had little idea that a killer from the West may be headed their way. On January eighth, nineteen, seventy eight one week after escaping prison in Colorado Ted, Bundy drove to Tallahassee Intel A- Hassi Ted, told people as name was Chris Hagen and after stealing a handful of strangers, credit cards from a local bar. He secured himself a room in an apartment complex next door to a sorority house Chi Omega. Just one week later in the early morning hours of January fifteenth. Nineteen seventy eight, thirty one year old Ted embarked on his boldest crime yet. Ted watched as the sisters of the Chi Omega. Sorority trickled back to the house from their dates and headed to bed by two thirty a m when it. The last girl had fallen asleep. He made his move. Ted slipped through the sorority houses back door, carrying a small oak tree limb. He found in the backyard as he walked quietly through the house, passing portrait after portrait of Sorority sisters past he could feel his heart pound finally, he approached the room of twenty one year old Margaret Bowman. Inside Margaret was fast asleep. In the span of just minutes Ted had beaten and strangled her to death. Now Panting and spattered with blood, Ted could feel himself losing all control without hesitation. He's moved on to his next victim. Ted Entered the room of twenty year old Lisa Levy. She was strangled and clubbed to death, like Margaret, but tense attack Lisa was particularly vicious S. he assaulted her Ted bit. Lisa's POTTY TED had lost himself entirely his bloodlust. He sunk his teeth into her buttocks and tore away nipple on her right breast. Ted continued to make his way down the hall of the Sorority House attacking two more women there that night, twenty one year, old Karen Chandler and twenty year old Kathy Kleiner. Like Margaret and Lisa Karen and Kathy were unconscious during the attacks, but fortunately they survived just barely when emt's later arrived at the scene. They weren't sure if they were alive or dead as he watched, the girls beaten bodies, being loaded into ambulances, share of Ken Cassandra's wondered. What kind of monster could have committed a crime so heinous? But before he could ponder the answer, he heard a call over his radio. Another young woman had been brutally beaten only blocks away Ted had barely made it down the street before succumbing to his murderous urges again. Ted's brazen behaviour had reached new heights this time he'd left evidence behind. When CASSANDRA's raced to the scene, he found a mask made out of women's nylons and a semen stain in the woman's bedroom. Ted had gotten so absorbed in the thrill of the kill heat sabotaged himself. Criminologists commonly classified serial killers on a distinct dichotomy, organized and disorganized murderers for years. Ted's crimes had placed him neatly in the former. He was a textbook, organized killer, socially competent and high functioning. He always planned his murders in advance, sometimes elaborately, and took pride in his ability to leave without a trace, but over time Ted's classification dramatically shifted according to researchers Barney Warf and Cynthia Waddell the lines between organized and disorganized killers is commonly blurred when a murderer is left to murder over an extended period of time, warp and waddle explained that as a killers urges heighten their psychosis intensifies often changing their previously well established habits. And for Ted this transition happen quickly. When he entered the Cayo Mega House that night Ted wasn't organiz killer, but when he walked out, he'd seemingly devolved. Ted Subsequent kills only became more chaotic. He was no longer following. A PLAN PROPELLED ONLY BY LUST TED murdered multiple women in quick succession, and left their bodies at the crime scene. He was spiraling out of control soon propelled by the chaos of the Chi Omega Murderers Ted fled Tallahassee and headed southeast to the small town of Lake City Florida there he would deviate even further abandoning the one characteristic that had defined all his other murders, his victim profile. On February ninth. Nineteen Seventy, eight, ted spotted twelve year old Kimberly Leach crossing the basketball court of junior high school. The last anyone saw of Kim she was climbing into a white van, looking upset after murdering nearly three dozen White College age women with long dark hair. Ted had taken an entirely new type of victim. He murdered a young child. This signified an extreme turning point in Ted. He was no longer the slick deceptive killer with a crystal, clear intent as the stress of his life on the run intensified, and his inevitable fate in prison loomed larger. It didn't matter who he killed anymore. He simply needed to keep feeding the ravenous part of himself. That urged him to continue. Five days later on Valentine's Day an officer notice. Ted Driving under the speed limit in an orange VW bug. Following his instincts, the officer decided to pull the vehicle over instead ted panicked and sped off. A high speed chase ensued, and then a fight once the officer managed to Corner Ted. He lashed out even reaching for the policeman's gun. But the struggle was futile and Ted was arrested and searched officers found more than twenty one credit cards in his possession with a variety of names. They were all stolen, and was the car Ted refused to reveal his identity authorities were baffled and suspicious. Who was this mystery man? By the next day they had a hunch by tracing the VW plates. They discovered it had been stolen in Tallahassee near the Chi Omega Sorority House. Soon the Pensacola PD called up share of Ken Cassara Sotela Hassi and broke the news. They believe they had the co Ed killer in custody. For Days Ken, add his detectives question 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 Cayo mega 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 court room 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 emboldened Ted. He made impassioned speeches and crack jokes, making the court room 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 at the at trix Ted was still dealt the death penalty. On July thirty, first nineteen, seventy, nine in his thick southern drawl judge Edward Coward sentenced 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, 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 a black hood. The executioner flipped the switch and moments later at seven sixteen 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. After his death, Ted Bundy place among class of America's most prolific serial killers. But his blood 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 shadow. We boundary between all American men and notorious murderer, but 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 macabre celebrity. Ted Bundy has become synonymous with the idea of a 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, but 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. Thanks again for tuning. Into serial killers, we'll be back Monday with a new episode for more information on Ted Bundy amongst the many sources we used. We found the book the stranger beside me by an rule extremely helpful to our research. You can find all episodes of serial killers, and all of the park cast originals for free on spotify or anywhere you listen to podcasts, not only this spotify already have all of your favorite music, but now spotify is making it easy for you to enjoy all of your favorite podcast originals like serial killers for free from your phone, desktop or smart speaker to stream serial killers on spotify just open the APP and type serial killers in the search bar. and. Don't forget to follow us on facebook and Instagram at podcast and twitter at podcast network. We'll see you next time. Have a killer week. Serial killers was created by Max Cobbler. And his apar- cast studios original executive producers include Max and Ron, cutler sound design by one Boorda with production assistance by Ron, Shapiro, Carly Madden Isabel away and Joel Stein this episode of serial killers was written by Alex Garland with writing assistance by Abigail Cannon and Stars Greg, Poulsen and Vanessa Richardson

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