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In the terrible legacy of serial killer Ted Bundy

If you look at photos of Ted Bundy it's hard to see what unsuspecting people saw in the 1970s.

Which in the opinion of many was a handsome, charming man.

That was the eternal blast on Bundy, the serial killer who was executed today 30 years ago and the subject of both a recent Netflix documentary and an upcoming movie with the undeniably handsome Zac Efron There was no problem in forcing women to watch because of its many socially acceptable qualities.

"Bundy represents to us our deepest, deepest, and darkest fear, that is, that you do not know the next person for you" Joe Berlinger Director of the Efron film, aptly Extremly Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile and executive producer of Netflix's Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes tells E! News.

"We want to believe that serial killers are easy to identify, as soon as you see them, you know," OK, the guy has to be a serial killer, "Berlinger went on, but" people really liked him. "

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And they liked him until the day he died on the electric chair of Raiford Prison at the age of 42 after he had confessed the murders to 30 women. [19659002] "I should not wonder that I still receive letters and e-mails from twenty-year-olds who are fascinated by Ted Bundy," wrote Ann Rule in a 2009 update to her 1980 bestseller The Stranger next to me (which was made into a television movie with Billy Campbell as Bundy in 2002) "Thirty years ago, I watched the Florida girls queuing up outside the Miami courtroom for a seat the gallery bank behind his vertei to look for a defensive table.

"They gasped and sighed as Ted turned to face them."

Rule, who died in 2015, became friends with Bundy after meeting him at a suicide hotline office in Seattle, where they both were answered in the night shift phone calls.

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The true renaissance of the crime has, of course, been given a touch of glamor through trendy podcasts, exploratory documentaries and deeply written limited series The main award shows, but the glamor almost never stops and starts with the killer himself. Bundy proved to be an exception almost from the beginning, with first the very appealing Mark Harm playing him in the refreshing 1986 T V movie The Conscious Stranger and now Efron.

"Ted Bundy is not really being glorified," Efron said in March of last year Entertainment Tonight . "He was not a man to be glorified, he simply tells a story and a way to enchant the world of this guy who was notoriously evil, and the annoying position that so many people were in, the world It was fun to experiment in this area of ​​reality. "

And it's exponentially more frustrating when the devil comes and looks like the college boy's next loading.

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"Ted has never been as handsome, brilliant or charismatic as the folklore of crime has taken him," wrote Rule. "But, as I said, he became a shame … I've always thought that time would obliterate interest in Bundy, especially after his execution, and instead he has become almost mythical."

Bundy was not a thought leader. Countless women refused his list. Usually, for some reason, he had a desire to escort him to his car, which meant leaving witnesses virtually anywhere he went, and there was plenty of evidence in his car and his home. At the same time, however, he was unobtrusive and pretty enough not to raise alarm bells, because many do not know how many people do not know how lucky they are to tell the story of the cute guy who called them the park or the beach. or bus stop.

He interfered, and though dozens of people saw his ultimately infamous, brown Volkswagen Beetle, he could not prevent him from going back and forth across the state lines. And he was brash, sometimes driving for hours with dead girls in his car and returning several times to where he took off their bodies to visit their mortal remains.

"Intellectually, I always knew that Bundy is someone who does not act Just as he appeared to many," says Berlinger. "But when we experience these cassettes, we understand how many people are so credible to so many and yet able to do such a thing."

What he was, however you see him now, was a monster.

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Berlinger declares that the impetus for the Netflix series, in addition to the 30th anniversary of the Bundy execution, was the adoption of audio interviews with journalists. Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth introduced in 1980 with the killer on death row.

"It comes in the sense of a murderer," says Berlinger, to understand how someone could be so deceptive, so manipulative, and what drives him, I think it will be extremely fascinating to humans.

In their 1983 book "The Only Living Witness" since Aynesworth and Michaud call the Bundy ". "pretty, arrogant, and articulate." Women of all ages, not just misleading twentysomes, flocked to him to get a glimpse of him when he was in court in Miami for murdering two Florida State Sorority sisters and attacking two others On January 15, 1978, all three survivors testified in court, as well as another student in an eight-block apartment on Bloody Spree.

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Then the lawsuit was re-tried in Orlando 9, 1978, Kidnapping and Murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach ,

He was convicted and sentenced to death for all three murders, although for technical reasons the crime for which he was executed killed Leach. a young student who disappeared from school on her way to class to pick up her purse. Their remains were found in a pigsty at Suwannee River State Park seven weeks later.

Ultimately, however, these three murders were the sloppy culmination of Bundy's epic demonstration of savagery bred over four years in seven states. Before he was executed, he confessed to 30 murders, which does not mean he was not responsible anymore, and over the years he played with the unfamiliar assumption that he was possibly responsible for at least 100 murders, not including Numerous attacks.

"I do not think he knew how many he killed or why he killed them," said Rev. Fred Lawrence, who administered the last rites of Bundy after David from Drehle's 1995 book Among the lowest of the dead: the culture of the death strip .

The debate between nature and care is one for eternity, but native-born Theodore Robert Cowell is ripe for discussion.

His mother, Eleanor Louise Cowell of Philadelphia, gave birth to him on November 24, 1946, in a home for unmarried mothers who were sent there by their deeply religious parents, who initially took him for their own, to dishonor themselves to spare an illegitimate grandson

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AP Photo / Mark Levy [19659008] In his birth certificate, a salesman named Lloyd Marshall is listed as his father, although his mother later mentions being seduced by a "sailor." Another theory is that his maternal grandfather – a violent, abusive man – was his biological father.

Cowell moved 4-year-old Ted to Washington in 1950 and married Johnnie Bundy two years later, but Ted had a adoptive father name, he had no close relationship with him or his step-sisters, and was annoyed at being removed from the he thought that it was his father (and maybe his father too). When Bundy finally learned of his descent, he was angry about lying, regardless.

Before Bundy turned 18, he was twice arrested for theft and car theft, but nothing violent. When he was 14 years old, an eight-year-old girl disappeared, receiving piano lessons from his uncle. On the other side of the street, Bundy actually denied having anything to do with it, and there's no evidence for that, but among other things, Ann Rule believes that the child was the victim of Bundy.

The shy teenager enrolled at the University of Puget Sound He then moved to the University of Washington, where he began with classmate Stephanie Brooks (a much-used pseudonym). Bundy dropped out of college in 1968, and Brooks separated from him shortly thereafter. He gave his lack of seriousness and ambition. He left the city and eventually ended up studying for a semester at Temple University.

Back in Washington, he met Elizabeth Kloepfer a divorced secretary at the UW School of Medicine, and they spent years together. Bundy, who rejoined UW in 1970, joined Rule as a volunteer at the Suicide Hotline crisis center in Seattle in 1971 and graduated in 1972. Bundy, who had attended Nelson Rockefeller's Nelson Rockefeller's National Republican Conference in 1968, worked for Gov's successful re-election campaign. Daniel Evans. This opened a few doors in the political world, and then he was admitted to the law school in Puget Sound.

According to Rule, he broke his relationship with Brooks during a trip to California in the summer of 1973 and then broke off contact without explanation. When she reached him by phone to ask what happened in early 1974, he calmly said, "Stephanie, I have no idea what you mean," and hung up.

Within months, Bundy had almost stopped attending the UPS class and became deputy director of the Seattle Crime Prevention Advisory Commission.

Also, between 1974 and 1974, eight college students disappeared between February and July in Washington, and Oregon Bundy claimed to be in his 11th hour, although only seven sets of remains were found.

Bundy later told his last lawyer, Polly Nelson, that he first attempted kidnapping in New Jersey in 1969 (the timeline of his whereabouts) and killed someone in Seattle in 1971 for the first time. However, he also told a psychologist that he had killed two women in Atlantic City in 1969.

After all, he was a murderous liar.

When the authorities investigated the sudden flooding of missing girls in the first half of 1974, several Witnesses reported to him when they were asked by a young man with one arm in a sling or on another occasion by a man on crutches to help carry a stack of books or a briefcase to his VW bug.

Meanwhile, Bundy was working on the Department of Rescue Services in Olympia, which was involved in the search for his missing colleagues.

On July 14, Janice Anne Ott and Denise Marie Naslund disappeared within a few hours at Seattle Lake Sammamish Park, reporting five women, a young man in tennis white, who had his arm in a noose, asked for help Sailboat from his car to load. One of them went with them, but turned and ran away when she realized that there was no boat.

Kloepfer, Rule and a psychology professor at the UW recognized Bundy when the authorities released a suspicious profile, a composite sketch of the suspect and a description of him and him sharing his car. Rule recalled that the police were skeptical of the idea that a clean law student could be responsible.

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In August 1974, Bundy moved to Law Lake on the University of Utah and moved to Salt Lake City – where he quickly found out he was unable to conduct legal studies in humanities studies young women began to disappear.

Later he confessed to killing three teenage boys in October, and on November 8, he killed 17-year-old Debra Jean Kent – hours after trying to kidnap 18-year-old Carol DaRonch. He had contacted DaRonch as a cop at a mall and told her that someone had tried to break into her car, and she would escort him to the station to submit a report. As he passed and tried to handcuff her, she struggled, and in the end he had just put the cuffs around a wrist, giving her the opportunity to come out the door and escape.

Kent was last seen leaving a theatrical performance at high school the way to pick her brother up. Later, the investigators found a key near the auditorium that opened the cuffs that dangled DaRonch on a wrist.

"He drove a Volkswagen of which I thought that's kinda weird," but maybe he's obscured, "recalls DaRonch in Conversations With a Killer . "And I got in." When she realized what was happening, "I'd never been so scared in my life, and I know that's a cliché, but my whole life went before my eyes, I thought, my God, my parents will never know What happened is I. "

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A 62-year-old grandmother named Rhonda Stapley talked about Phil a few years ago, when he fled from Bundy's captive in October 1974, when she was a pharmacy student at the University of Utah. She was in a city park, waiting for a bus to drive back to campus when a sweet guy in a brown VW Beetle stopped and asked if she wanted to go.

"The first thing I noticed was the inmate door handle was missing," said Stapley. She was not immediately alarmed, she added, saying, "College kid, college car, things are falling off."

She admitted that she was not worried because he was a well-dressed, handsome young man who fit in the room college white horse. Then he asked if it was all right if they made a short detour. She agreed, but at first he did not go exactly where he said he would go, and then, instead of taking an exit to the campus, he drove on a ravine road. "He's stopped talking to me and I'm still trying to talk idly," Staple recalled, but at first she only suspected that he was looking for a place to drop in and try her to appeal.

Finally he turned into a parking lot and stopped the car. "I thought he would kiss me, instead he said very softly," Do you know what? I will kill you. "And he put his hands on my neck and began to squeeze." She still thought for a split second that he was joking. Then, says Stapley, she tried to fend him off, but lost consciousness and raped her. Then she woke her up and did it again.

"So I was unconscious most of the evening," Stapley said. "The last time I regained consciousness … the passenger door was open and the dome light on so I could see it, that was the only light in the whole gorge … I could see it standing there and looking away from me to do something in the backseat of the car. "

She saw an escape and used them. "I just jumped and ran in the other direction, in deep black," said Stapley. "I took only a few steps because my pants were pulled around my ankles, so I stumbled … and fell, but I fell into a mountain river that was not really deep, but it was really, very fast boulders and bushes and branches protruded … the water tore me away from him and it was probably what saved my life. "

Stapley told her husband that she had been sexually abused on her first marriage but never announced her Bundy story for decades, when a PTSD attack pushed her memories to the surface. In 1974, "the first thing I thought [was]:" No one can ever know … Everyone would think that it was my fault. Why should I get in the car with a stranger?

It was Ann Regels publisher who helped with his own book I Ted Bundy survived: The Attack, Flight & PTSD, which changed my life to the finish line.

" There is no group of Ted Bundy survivors to sign in and join, "said Stapley People in 2016." But there are other people who have experienced a trauma. You can not understand it, the shame and embarrassment and everything else that comes with rape.

Late in 1974, Seattle-based Elizabeth Kloepfer called the Salt Lake City police to report that she believed her friend Ted Bundy had teamed up with a number of women in Utah ( Meanwhile, witnesses from the Lake Sam Mamish Kidnapping could not identify him in a photo booth, so Bundy was added to a list of suspects and there.

Kloepfer continued to look at him.

"The public continues to be attracted by Bundy, also because of the questions posed by his friendly and pretty façade," says Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at Alcatraz East Crime Museum, in which Bundy's car and other items, including a letter he wrote to Elizabeth Kloepfer, are currently on display. "The warning of" strangers "is something that we imm he tries to bring our visitors home, but it goes beyond that because Liz himself stayed with him after being reported to the police. "

And Bundy maintained this relationship with Kloepfer. Berlinger says, "Because he had this need for normalcy, he shared his life and actually lived with a woman he thought was lovely, he was a wonderful friend and, in all respects, a wonderful substitute father of Elisabeth's daughter." (Their relationship is at the center of Extremly Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile and Lily Collins opposite Efron, 1945). Incidentally, the title is literally what judge Bundy called it. The film premieres on Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival.)

On January 12, 1975, a 23-year-old nurse disappeared from a ski lodge in Snowmass, Colo. Her body was found next month. On March 15, a 26-year-old ski instructor disappeared in Vail, Colo. Bundy later said that he came on crutches and asked if she could help carry his boots to his car.

According to Bundy, he killed at least three other women in Colorado, Idaho and Utah in April, May and June.

In mid-May, several of his old colleagues from the Department of Emergency Services, including Carole Ann Boone whom he met in Washington, visited him in Utah. They rekindled their relationship, but he also visited Kloepfer, who did not tell him that she had been in contact with the police several times. He did not mention that he saw other women.

"I liked Ted right away, we did well," Boone said The Only Living Witness . "He seemed to me to be a rather shy person who played much more below the surface than what was on the surface, he was certainly more dignified and reserved than the more certifiable types in the office, he would participate in the dillness, but think Remember, he was a Republican. "

In 1975, Utah Highway Patrol watched Bundy drive slowly around a neighborhood in the early hours of August 16. When he spotted the patrol car, Bundy hurried off and the officer went hunting

When he finally pulled him over and searched the car, the officer found a ski mask, another mask made of tights, an ice pick, a rope, handcuffs, and a crowbar, DaRonch's description of the car that was carrying out her kidnapping attempt With Kloepfer's phone call from the Salt Lake Police in December 1974, a search warrant was issued against Bundy's home, where she received a Guide to the resorts in Colorado found where the ski instructor had disappeared. and a booklet for the play in the school where Debra Jean Kent was abducted.

Since the evidence was insufficient to arrest him, the police released Bundy on his own mercy and watched him 24/7 in September 1975.

Bundy sold his car and the police rushed to a deep search they discovered hair that matched the bodies of Caryn Campbell, the nurse who became the first known victim of Bundy in Colorado in 1975, as well as obvious hair fights for Melissa Smith, one of the victims of Utah 1974 and DaRonch.

The following month, DaRonch identified Bundy in a lineup as an "officer" who had tried to kidnap her, and he was immediately accused of aggravation ated kidnapping and attempted criminal abuses. His parents paid the $ 15,000 bail to release him. There was not enough evidence to prosecute him in one of the murders that had been missing or suspected.

In February 1976, a judge found Bundy guilty of kidnapping and assault in a court case and sentenced him to 1 to 15 years in the State of Utah. Later this month, he was charged with murdering Campbell in Colorado.

During a preliminary hearing in Aspen in June 1977, Bundy, who wanted to represent himself and therefore was not wearing legrests, leapt from the second floor. A window in the Law Library collapsed into a stateroom to steal clothing, groceries, and a rifle , and fell in the forest for a few days. He managed to escape roadblocks and other patrols for several days until he stole a car and police saw him weaving between the alleys.

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On the night of December 30, he broke out of prison and managed to fool the skeleton staff of the holiday season with a tuft of books in his bed as he escaped over a crawl space on the ceiling. He said Carole Ann Boone had brought him $ 500 over the previous six months to aid his escape.

Bundy stole a car that had collapsed on Interstate 70 and then drove to Vail where he took the bus to Denver. From there he flew to Chicago and was at the beginning of the search in the windy city.

From Chicago, he took a train to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he went to a bar and saw Washington Michigan play a bowl of roses in Michigan. He stole another car and drove to Atlanta. From there he took the bus to Tallahassee, Florida. He rented a room and tried to find a job in the building, but when they asked for ID, he resorted to shoplifting and stole women's purses discovered in an outdoor shop.

In the early hours of July 15, 1978, Bundy sneaked into the Chi Omega student dorm on Florida's campus and beat Margaret Bowman, 21, and Lisa Levy, 20, in a separate bedroom. He bit Levy several times and earned the nickname "The Love-Bite Killer" when he went to court.

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Bundy also attacked the roommates of Chi Omega, Kathy Kleiner and Karen Chandler, both of whom had suffered broken jaws and other injuries but survived.

The entire Spree took about 15 minutes, the authorities estimated.

Then he left the police at Sorority House and eight blocks away he beat the FSU brutal student Cheryl Thomas in her apartment and the police later found a seed stain on her bed.

Bundy was released. On February 8, he approached 14-year-old Leslie Parmenter, who happened to be the daughter of Jacksonville Police Detective but her older brother appeared. The fugitive then drove west to Lake City, Florida, where he abducted and murdered 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.

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Finally at about 1 am On February 15, 1978, Bundy near the Alabama border was run over by a Pensacola police officer as he stole a stolen vehicle. a VW bug – drove that identified the car as stolen. When Officer David arrested Lee Bundy, he kicked Lee and kicked off. Lee fired a warning shot, chased after Chase, grabbed Bundy, and finally got himself under control. A subsequent search of the car produced three female student IDU ID cards, 21 stolen credit cards, and a stolen TV.

"I wish you'd killed me," Bundy told Lee as he detained him An officer aware that he had located a convicted kidnapper and murder suspect on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List would have.

On February 8, 1980, in the sentencing phase after being found guilty of murdering Leach, Bundy (again defending himself) suggested Carole Ann Boone, who testified as a witness to the figure when she was on the scene Stood. He had arranged for a notary to be present, and officials said the marriage was legal. On the same day, the jury recommended that he should be executed for his crimes.

In 1981, Boone appeared pregnant, insisting that it was Bundy's baby, but "no one cared," as they did, because marital visits to the Raiford Prison were not allowed. "I do not have to explain anything to anyone," Boone told the Orlando Sentinel Star .

. Boone, who had two children from their previous marriages, gave birth to a daughter named Rose in 1982. According to a Bundy site run by Ann Rule, Boone Bundy divorced in 1986, three years before his execution. Originally scheduled to be executed this year for the murder of Chi Omega, this execution was suspended indefinitely by the Eleventh Court of Appeals.

Despite the masses of groupies he had amassed over the years, many more were happy to be able to continue on January 24, 1989.

"I have not talked to anyone about it, but I'm looking for an opportunity to tell the story as best I can," Bundy tells Michaud and Aynesworth in a recording that is in Conversations With a Killer which will be premiered Thursday on Netflix,

"I mean I'm not an animal and I'm not crazy and I do not have a split personality," he says. "I mean, I'm just a normal person."

For more information on the ongoing fascination with Ted Bundy and the deterrent details of his crimes, see E! News tonight at 11.11

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