Ted Bundy is the first serial killer I ever read about. The book entitled The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy the Shocking Inside Story was written by Ann Rule and published in 1980. Ann had was a coworker of Ted Bundy’s and had some interesting insights into his personality that really interested me.
A serial killer is defined as:
- a person who commits a series of murders often with no apparent motive and typically following a characteristic, predictable behaviour pattern. (2017, dictionary.com)
Ted Bundy-Early Life
Ted Bundy was born on November 24, 1946, to his unwed mother in Vermont. Illegitimate births were shame causing back then and Ted was raised thinking his Grandparents were actually his Mom and Dad and that his Mother was his older sister. His life began as lie and dishonesty would continue throughout his lifetime. A few years later his “sister” Eleanor Cowell moved with Ted to Tacoma, Washington from their home in Philadelphia. In 1951, Eleanor married Johnnie Bundy and started a family with him. Ted was a bright student but was socially awkward. He became more interested in the macabre as he grew. It started when he was three years old and he became fascinated with knives. As a teenager Ted became a “peeping Tom,” and a thief.