In January 1978, Ted Bundy had already murdered at least 13 women and assaulted two more in four different states when he arrived in Florida. Before being finally apprehended in February 1978, one of America’s most notorious serial killers would kill three more women and brutally assault two more.
Bundy had previously escaped from police custody twice before being apprehended. Why was Ted Bundy apprehended?
Who is Ted Bundy?
An infamous criminal is Ted Bundy. Ted is also well known for being a notorious serial killer and necrophile who claimed up to 36 victims between 1973 and 1978. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a film based on his life, was made available on Netflix in 2019.
Ted is a native of the United States. In the movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, Zac Efron played him.
The serial killer was born in Burlington, Vermont, on November 24, 1946. He started to live as a covert humiliation as her mother’s deeply religious parents were humbled by her illegitimate birth. Before sending her son to a Vermont home for unwed mothers, Louise paid a visit to her parents in Philadelphia.
Bundy was raised as the adopted son of his grandmother in order to conceal the fact that he was an illegal immigrant; his mother was mistakenly thought to be his lover. A few years later, Eleanor and his stepfather Johnnie moved to Tacoma, Washington, and shortly after that, he married.
Ted Bundy’s First Arrest
According to Thoughtco.com, Police attempted to pull Bundy over in August 1975 for a traffic infraction. When he made an attempt to flee by turning off his car’s lights and blowing through stop signs, he raised suspicion.
When he was finally apprehended, police searched his Volkswagon and discovered handcuffs, an ice pick, a crowbar, pantyhose with eye holes cut out, and other dubious items. They also noticed that his car’s front passenger seat was missing. Ted Bundy was detained by the police on burglary suspicion.
Ted Bundy Escapes Twice
In February 1976, Bundy was put on trial for attempting to kidnap DaRonch. After giving up his right to a jury trial, he was found guilty and given a 15-year prison term. Police were looking into connections between Bundy and the Colorado killings at this time.
His credit card statements show that he was in the vicinity where several women went missing at the beginning of 1975. Bundy was accused of murdering Caryn Campbell in October 1976.
The Sorority House Murders
On Saturday, January 14, 1978, Bundy entered the Chi Omega sorority house at Florida State University and murdered two women by beating and strangling them. He also raped one of the victims and viciously bit her on the buttocks and one nipple.
He used a log to beat two other people over the head. Investigators believe their roommate Nita Neary, who arrived home and stopped Bundy before he could kill the other two victims, is to blame for their survival.
Ted Bundy Gets Arrested Again
Bundy committed another murder on February 9, 1978. This time, he abducted and later mutilated 12-year-old Kimberly Leach. A week after Kimberly vanished, Bundy was detained in Pensacola for operating a stolen car.
Investigators had witnesses who could positively identify Bundy at Kimberly’s school and the dorm. They also had tangible proof connecting him to the three homicides, such as a mold of the bite marks discovered in the victim’s flesh at the sorority house.
The End of Ted Bundy
On June 25, 1979, Bundy was put on trial in Florida for the killings of the sorority girls. The trial was broadcast on television, and Bundy played the media up when he occasionally served as his own lawyer. Bundy received two electric chair execution sentences after being found guilty of both murder charges.
Bundy was put on trial for the murder of Kimberly Leach on January 7, 1980. He gave his lawyers permission to represent him this time. Given the volume of evidence the state had against him, they decided that the only defense possible was an admission of insanity.
In comparison to the prior trial, Bundy’s actions during this one were very different. He exhibited fits of rage, slouched in his chair, and occasionally his friendly expression was swapped out for a menacing glare. Bundy was given a third death sentence after being found guilty.