The Earthly Remains: Revisiting Ted Bundy

We’re not usually a true crime operation here at the Order of the Good Death, but Sarah Marshall’s original piece on Ted Bundy (and spectacle, evil, and earthly remains) warmed our death obsessed heart. Enjoy.


On January 24, 1989, after languishing on death row for nearly a decade, Ted Bundy was executed by the State of Florida. He had been convicted of the murders of three women, and was suspected of thirty more, but had remained adamant about his innocence until the eve of his execution. Finally, hours before his death, Bundy began to confess. As he described his crimes, an estimated crowd of five hundred gathered outside the prison, selling T-shirts, drinking beers, and celebrating the imminent death of the man who had for so long seemed a larger-than-life caricature of evil, refusing to display guilt, fear, or even a belief in his own mortality. Finally, his time had run out.

Though Bundy refused to confess to any crime greater than shoplifting during the time he spent on death row, he had allowed journalists Hugh Aynesworth and Stephen Michaud to interview him about “the person” who had committed the murders of which he was accused—citing his expertise as a former psychology major as the basis of his insights. In the interviews, Bundy described a conflict between “the normal personality” and an “entity” that slowly began “to demand more of the attention and time of the individual.” At one point, he compared the entirety to a cancer, though he remained unsatisfied with the metaphor, as “one has no control over…a malign tumor, and yet, one would think that an individual would have control over the development of something purely psychological.” Bundy claimed that the entity was “not an independent thing,” and that “this person” was fully aware of his actions, and knew the difference between right and wrong, but suggested a gradual process during which the entity’s power became overpowering, and “finally, inevitably—would make a breakthrough,” and lead “this personality” to kill.

There were many things about Ted Bundy that infuriated the public during the nearly fifteen years he spent in the public eye. He was arrogant to the point of hubris (he had been a law student before he was arrested, and insisted on representing himself pro se during both of his Florida trials), and believed himself to be far more intelligent than any of the investigators or prosecutors assigned to his case. He complained bitterly about his “wrongful” imprisonment, but was clearly delighted with his newfound fame—not least because of how many letters he received from women offering him money, sympathy, and sex. While on death row, he married and fathered a daughter, and enjoyed regular visits from his family. He read, studied, wrote letters to numerous correspondents, and stayed in touch with his family back in Tacoma, and if he was troubled by guilt over the untold number of murders he had committed, he never revealed it. Even while locked away and forced to passively await his death, he experienced the things his victims would never know: growing older, getting married, starting a family, and essentially living a good life.


Bundy with his wife and daughter

Yet perhaps the most infuriating thing about Bundy was the fact that his self-proclaimed intelligence wasn’t a sham. During the time he was active, he had gained a deep understanding of the society he lived in, and successfully manipulated its weak spots for his own sadistic gain. He realized that the young, pretty girls he targeted were not encouraged to cultivate physical strength, or to question authority figures (he impersonated a police officer on at least one occasion). He recognized that the status he had attained—that of an attractive, educated, and genial young man—essentially placed him above suspicion. He worked in politics and aspired to a career in law, and saw that self-absorption, manipulation of others, and the cultivation of a deceptive exterior were not just encouraged but required of the powerful men he observed. The skills he cultivated in his career as a serial killer—deceit, evasiveness, greed, self-absorption, and a finely tuned ability to anticipate the actions of both his pursuers and his prey—were the same skills required of young politicians, lawyers, and businessmen. When Bundy was finally apprehended, it was largely by chance, and he managed to escape twice while in custody, killing three more victims after his second breakout. His arrogance may have been his downfall, but it was also, perhaps more than anything else, the thing that allowed him to remain so active for so long.


Bundy possessed almost nondescript facial features and few distinguishing marks, and was able to drastically change his appearance with very little effort. He needed only a shave and a haircut to go from a violent criminal to a dapper young lawyer.

So it was a shock to everyone when, hours before his execution, Bundy finally talked. His ability to manipulate the legal system had finally been bested; his appeals had finally run dry. Even his wife had finally abandoned him, taking their daughter with her. Bundy had one last hand to play, and the time had come to play it. He sat down with Bob Keppel, the Seattle investigator who had been working on his case in various capacities for the last fifteen years, and admitted to his guilt in thirty murders, though he hinted that he had committed more. (Many estimate that he murdered perhaps as many as one hundred women; some guess the number to be even higher.)

Bundy had already told Aynesworth and Michaud about what “the person” who committed the murders “might” have done with their bodies—how he might have dumped their corpses in secluded locations and revisited them on multiple occasions, sometimes staying with them overnight; how he might have applied makeup or nail polish, or shampooed their hair; how he might have had sex with the corpses until they were too thoroughly rotted and picked at by animals to be recognizable as human; how he might have sawn off their heads with a hacksaw and taken them home with him as souvenirs. Over the years, detectives had pieced together Bundy’s methods: his propensity for putting on a sling, singling out a victim, and convincing her to help carry something to his car, then driving to a secluded location, raping her, and strangling or bludgeoning her to death. They had found many of his victims’ remains—though often by chance—and had pieced together a picture of how the crimes had occurred, and of the man who had committed them. But now, for the first time, Bundy placed himself within the narrative. He stopped talking about “the entity” and “the personality,” and described his personality, his actions, and his murders, largely in the hope that a final show of contrition would grant him another stay of execution, long enough to confess to the very murder he had committed, and to reveal the locations of thirty or fifty or a hundred more women’s remains.

But it didn’t work. Bundy made his last confession mere moments before his scheduled execution, and was granted no more time to make another. The trade he was willing to make—the locations of their bodies in exchange for his; divesting himself of his last defense (arrogance and denial) in exchange for just a little more life—wasn’t good enough.


At 7:16 a.m., as the executioner flipped the switch and the current began to surge through Bundy’s body, the celebrants massed outside the prison began to cheer. Some had been waiting outside the prison gates for days, ever since Bundy’s execution date was set, and many more had gathered throughout the night—though it might be more accurate to say that many of them had been waiting for the last ten years. Rachelle H. Saltzman, who was working as a folklorist for the State of Florida at the time, wrote:

Those from the general public included “a white-haired 81-year-old grandmother from Jacksonville” who offered to “pull the switch.” University of Florida students from Gainesville…asked “‘Governor Martinez to host the next one at Florida Field’”; they even offered to “‘do cheers, and…sell tickets’ to offset state legal costs.” Also present were members of the Cochran family who had left their Orlando home “at 2:00 a.m. to catch the show”… Dorothy Cochran had “brought along her 6-year-old twin daughters” because she “though it would be educational for them, kind of like a field trip.”

The celebration was by no means confined to the area surrounding the prison. Lake City, Florida, which had once been home Bundy’s last victim—a twelve-year-old girl named Kimberly Leach—boasted a free barbecue the night before. (During one of Bundy’s appeals, Leach’s father told the press that he wanted to see Bundy electrocuted “well-done.”) Florida restaurants served up “Bundy fries” and “Bundy fingers,” and local radio stations played “Electric Avenue” and “Shock the Monkey” in reference to the electric chair. Outside the prison, hawkers sold commemorative pins, T-shirts, and tin foil hats meant to resemble the electric chair’s helmet, and spectators waved signs proclaiming “Burn Bundy Burn,” “Thank God It’s Fryday,” and “This Buzz is For You.”



Bob Keppel, who spent the night before the execution talking Bundy through his confessions, later wrote:

Bundy became transformed toward the end of his life into something he never was in real life. There were Bundy souvenirs, Bundy fan clubs, Bundy memorabilia, and a whole Bundy mystique…. Yet for all the mythos surrounding Ted Bundy, he always remained a cowardly individual who could not even muster the courage at the end of his life to accept total responsibility for what he had done…. Thus, Bundy probably didn’t understand what his case has become to the nation, that he himself had become kind of an icon embodying a special kind of malevolence.

Judging from the crowd that had congregated in anticipation of his death, one could almost argue that Bundy had become a kind of saint. Rather than carrying within him a great, beatific goodness, however, he was a vessel of pure evil—an evil that would be destroyed at the moment of his physical death. The joy that greeted his demise suggested that the world would be a palpably better place after his execution—despite the fact that he had not posed a threat to society for nearly ten years—and that the “special kind of malevolence” he possessed would be eradicated like a disease.

After Bundy’s death, celebrants cheered at the departure of the van carrying his remains to Gainesville, where he would be cremated. But the party ended there. Bundy was dead, and the evil he had carried was apparently gone from the world. Vendors packed up their souvenirs and counted their earnings. Spectators rolled up their signs, piled into their cars, and drove back home. Camera crews dismantled the equipment and left in search of the next story. And Ted Bundy’s ashes, along with all his other earthly possessions, were given to his attorney, with the instructions that they be scattered at an undisclosed location in Washington’s Cascade Range, in lieu of a public funeral. In many ways, he’d already had one.

-5Ted Bundy’s body

Bundy had disposed of two of his victims in Lake Sammamish State Park, and of another two on Taylor Mountain, both locations west of Seattle and not far from the Washington Cascades. It was in these secluded, wooded areas that he revisited his victims for hours at a time, possessing them as fully as one human being can ever possess another. (In his interviews with Aynesworth and Michaud, Bundy described his fondness for theft, and how the joy of ownership was, for him, far superior to the thrill of the crime.) It is not so far-fetched to guess that there may be other, undiscovered bodies somewhere in the Washington Cascades—perhaps one, perhaps a dozen, perhaps all of them clustered in the undisclosed location where Bundy’s ashes were laid to rest.


The Washington Cascades

The truly remarkable thing about the disposal of Bundy’s remains, however, is how little anyone seemed to care what happened to them. Anyone who followed the Bundy case with even the vaguest interest can piece together the likelihood of his remains mingling with those of his victims. Yet the fate of his body became a nonissue once it became just that—the fate of a body, and not of a man.

If we are to believe in evil—evil as a substance, as nonhuman dark matter that sometimes comes to rest in human bodies, as something as intangible yet identifiable as a soul—then what happens when the person who possesses it dies? The people who clustered outside Florida State Prison on the morning of Bundy’s execution seemed to believe that it would simply dissipate, and would perhaps descend to hell just as a soul ascends to heaven. Yet this is a fiction that perpetuates the same blind spot that allowed Bundy to seem above suspicion for so long. If “evil” is an unknown quantity, a supernatural presence in an otherwise normal human body, then we will fail to suspect the seemingly normal humans surrounding us—let alone a handsome, successful, intelligent young man—of harboring “evil” impulses. Bundy, unable to acknowledge the enormity of his crimes until it was clear that doing so was his only hope at survival, comforted himself with the same fiction by describing “the entity” and “the personality”—two separate beings coexisting within the same body. But there was no entity. There was no pure evil or “special kind of malevolence.” Bundy wasn’t possessed, nor was he a larger-than-life monster. Though psychologically atypical, he was in all other ways a normal, flesh-and-blood member of the human race, and his death was the same as anyone else’s. No great evil departed the world at the moment he died. No one was safer. No one’s life was measurably improved. The human capacity for evil actions remained unaltered: greater in some, but present in every man, woman, and child on earth.


Bundy as a child

Ultimately, the scattering of Bundy’s ashes in the Cascades is a testament to his humanity, and a crucial reminder to us that he was human after all. He may have committed brutal crimes in Washington’s parks and woods, but they were also areas that he loved the same way the rest of us do: the way we love the beauty of an area that will live long after us; the way we love a place that affords us peace; the way we love our home. And Bundy himself, though no longer able to cause us harm, is still present in our world, his earthly remains at rest in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. They have no magic qualities. They pose no threat to the area they inhabit. They are, in the end, the remains of a human being—no more, no less.


 Sarah Marshall is a graduate student and teacher living in Portland, Oregon. Her essays have recently appeared in The Hairpin, The Awl, The Montreal Review, and Propeller Magazine, on topics ranging from Linda Lovelace to Hannibal Lecter. When she was seventeen, she wrote a one-act play about Ted Bundy, and produced it as a project for school. Not much has changed since then.



Keppel, Bob. The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2004.


Michaud, Stephen G. and Hugh Aynesworth. Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer; The Death Row Interviews. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2000.


Saltzman, Rachelle H. “‘This Buzz is for You’: Popular Responses to the Ted Bundy Execution.” Journal of Folklore Research. 32.2 (1995): 101-119. Web. 21 December 2012.


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  • Malori

    That was fascinating and beautifully written. Thanks so much for posting it!

  • wonderful facts,,thank you

  • Denise naslund

    This was really good

  • sarah hubins

    a sick evil person doesn’t even allow the benefit of getting anything the sick bastard wants even the scattering of ashes he took many lives and should have been burned at the stake not mercifally put to death by electricution how about we stick an aerosol can up his ass and slit his throat sound familiar

  • Graves

    I like him. Fuck those people.

    • Desdemona

      I would like the original Ted. He should have been stopped before he did those horrible things…
      He was too weak and failed, He was his own greatest enemy.

  • Pamela Valemont
  • Leo

    I think it is very hard to call who´s right or wrong here, he did crimes that were seek and unforgiving, but we must know that he did save a life from a boy that almost had drowned when he was young and helped save many lives of depressed people when he worked for the suicidal task force, i´m sure if were either that boy or neither those people that needed emotional support in their desperate moments we would skipped his execution.

    • Emilie

      I trink though he killed so many young women, hé still was a human being, hé projet it as you write, no ont desserve to beaucoup killed neither the young ladies he killed nor himself. Actually, I find it sad that people were happy about his death

  • Rayan

    Excellent and interesting read.

  • Bob Smith

    The biggest secret about Ted Bundy was that he was the biological great grandson of Louis Marshall, Americas most influential Jewish leader and one of the top three most influential Jews of modern times. Ted Bundy’s father was Lloyd Marshall and its stated on Ted’s birth certificate. This is how protective the Jews are of their history. They have gone to great lengths to make the identity of Ted Bundy’s father a secret because it would tarnish the name of their greatest American leader.

    • Harper

      Who cares, he has no connection to the Jewish people. They don’t have any reason to hide anything about Bundy’s relatives.

    • Desdemona

      You are not normal. Ted was not a jew at all, he is not the son of Lloyd Marshal. It is proven. But unfortunately it is possible that he was the son of his own grandfather which means he was born of an incestous rape.
      Ted was gentile so it means he had no jewish blood in his veins.

      He should have been helped before he lost his control totally, he should have been saved before he became such a monster…he would have never killed anyone. He was not born to kill. Even if he had this potential, these extremely powerful energies inside him, he hadn’t killed anyone if he would have been able to control and direct his energies well. But he failed and had no one who could understand and help him.
      By the way his vedic birth chart shows this very well. Unfortunately he was extremely sensitive and had an afflicted mind. He became weak. Too bad he would have been a great man and those poor victims would have stayed alive. Such a horrible tragedy of these people.

      • Desdemona

        “Now on to the issue at hand. At some point someone decided to do a
        Google image search for Lloyd Marshall, hoping to find a photograph of
        the man claimed to be Ted Bundy’s biological father. What they found was
        an image marked WILLIAM LLOYD MARSHALL. When I initially saw this
        photo, it had been cropped to remove the WILLIAM. I did a search for
        WILLIAM LLOYD MARSHALL and in about five minutes I was able to locate
        the source of the original photo. This man would have been 43 years old
        at the time of Ted Bundy’s birth. According to stories about the phantom
        Lloyd Marshall, he would have been 30 years old when he got Louise
        pregnant. That’s a 13 year age difference. So not only is the name
        wrong, so is the age.”

        Investigators also did not find any relations to Llyod Marshall…

    • Serryn Jones

      Ted Bundy’s father was in all likelihood the violent abusive grandfather who raised him back in the days he thought his mother was his sister. That man was legendarily brutal and bullying and had a very unhealthy interest in his own daughter. That’s the genealogy which explains his perverse nature, not your Mein Kampf derived racial rantings. Moron.

  • V

    He was definitely possessed. This does not in any way excuse the horrific things he did nor in any way lessen his responsibility. But it is crucial to get to the truth of what made him tick so humanity can face the facts and start moving in the direction of eradicating such evil.
    We need to face the reality of possession. For those ready to take the red pill, check out this:

    • Wmills

      You are correct! NO ONE could possibly do the things that Bundy did and not be possessed! There is a demon behind every evil act, same as there is the Holy Spirit behind every good act! Wake up to reality everyone….the spirit world is the real world and determines what happens in our natural world!

      • User

        Simple minded, naive Christians. How could demons exist if God doesn’t? He wasn’t “possessed” by a fictional creature, he was just simply evil. If you studied mental illness as in depth as I do, you’d know he clearly suffered from Antisocial Personality Disorder, otherwise known by its colloquial terms, psychopath or sociopath.

        • Beth

          Even the trained psychiatrists who met and assessed him couldn’t agree of what he had, if he had anything. It’s good we have someone of superior intelligence here to tell us exactly what was going on, those foolish experts. Before you start looking down on “simple” people, consider your own ignorance… AND arrogance.

        • Desdemona

          You just cannot convince these christian morons at all. They are under jewish spell.
          Yes “God” does not exist at all because it is nothing but a huge fucking energy vortex created by jewish rabbis.

          By the way in fact he became psychopathic later. Sucks he lost his control totally and out of mind.
          He realized this only later…

        • trace16

          It’s to bad that they hadn’t removed his brain to preserve it for future study

      • Desdemona

        Idiot christian filths, you are. He was not being possessed at all. He was an afflicted Scorpion, just enough to see his vedic birth chart, it tells literally everything about him. He was weak and cannot handle those powerful energies inside him and having an afflicted mind because of his weak Moon so those very destructive thoughts and powerful negative energies conquered him. If he would have been able to control and direct his energies well he had not killed anyone. But unfortunately he lost and became a monster.

        It is funny that we are still living in a world where people still believe in the jewish lies about Satan and the Demons. Satan and the Demons are not like that the jewish bible portrayed them. Satan and Demons are the original Gods of humanity who are real beings, Nordic extraterrestrials and live in the Orion-system.
        They were the so called Anunnakis too in the sumerian mythology and they are the Pagan Gods of humanity. Every pagan religion and primordial tradition loved and respected Satan and Demons as the benevolent creators who created the gentile humanity. They came to the Earth 450 000 years ago in order to create the homo sapiens by genetic engineering (crossing their own DNA with the homo erectus’ DNA). These Nordic Gods created the 3 gentiles races: Blacks, Whites (Aryans), and Mongolids.

        Jews are not part of the gentile races since they are reptilian hybrids and they are the enemy of the humanity just like their masters, the enemy aliens: the reptilians, greys and some enemy Noridcs (Pleiadians).

        It is time to wake the fuck up people and see the truth: chrisitianity is nothing but a jewish invention and a tool for removing the original spiritual knowledge and it is also a tool for the jews to achieve their communist jewish world dominancy. Anyone who has a common sense can see this if he reads their Talmud, and the Protocols of Zion, and of course it is in their fucking bible too.

        While jews are naturally psychopaths at their core, gentile people are not born to be psychopaths or born to kill people. These kind of gentile people are also victims. Jews has managed to cause huge mental damages to the gentiles by their jewish programs…

        • Deenohh

          I know you posted this quite some time ago but I am curious. Did you ever get back on your meds or are you still ranting like a loon about the world jewish conspiracy?. Or perhaps you are possessed?

          • Desdemona

            Typical jewish behaviour…pretending as the jewish world conspiracy would not exist. Anyone who has a half brain at least knows that jews own and rule almost everything in the world.
            This ridiculous cliche “did you ever get back on your meds…” is also typicial. When you jews or stupid puppets of the jews are not able to write any intelligent comment or argue then you try to come out with this shit.
            It was not ranting at all but of course I am disgusted about the parasitic jews and about the idiots who believe them.
            You know nothing about “being possessed”. It can happen sometimes if an enemy astral entity tries to possess a certain person’s body. Sometimes it happened to weak and idiot christians that is why they believed they were possessed by “Demons”. Which is total nonsense of course. Demons are our true Gods and Nordic type aliens who don’t do such things…

            Of course you have to right to believe anything, it will not change the truth at all.


        • Wubbsy

          Oh, come on. One of my best friends as a child was a pretty little Jewish girl, Emma, who lived in a house with a red door a few blocks down from us, and she never did any harm. The Rothschilds are Jewish, yes, but that hardly translates to a worldwide conspiracy or universal wealth, power, or malevolence. 99.9999% want the same as everyone wants–to be left alone.

    • Deenohh

      I love the circular logic. Bundy was possessed by demons but it does not excuse his actions….Okey dokey there skippy!! So you’re saying he “co-operated” with the demons or allowed himself or wanted this possession?
      Or are you just covering all the bases in case your tinfoil fell off the wall and it was not demonic possession?

      • Desdemona

        What the fuck are you talking about?!
        “Demons” are not some evil spirits or beings who attack and possess people.
        It is a filthy judeo-christian lie which many people still buy, unfortunately.

        The so called “Demons” who are the true Gods of the humanity and were respected in every old pagan traditions and culture, are Nordic extraterrestrials in fact. And they live in the Orion system. I already mentioned it in my previous reply…

        Ted WAS NOT POSSESSED by anything. When will people stop this fucking insane bullshit??? It is really too much!
        Ted explained very well why he did those terrible things he did. He was weaker and more vulnerable than others and because he connected himself those negative energies (violent pornography) it caused him too much harm. As he already explained it was that “brutal urge” he felt to kill someone and this “urge” controlled him. He described this “urge” when he said it was almost like a separated “entity” inside him.
        And a lot of brainwashed idiot and other retarded moron still believe he talked about some evil spirit or some real entity…
        Sometimes I wonder that how the fuck could his words be misunderstood…but when I think of the people today, the ignorant and stupid slaves from the controlled mass I am not really surprised.

        • Deenohh

          Uhhh..wht the fuck are YOU talking about?

          You obviously did NOT read the comment that I replied to, or you have a problem with the concept of sarcasm. Either way take a breath, get back on your meds and then go back and take alook at what I replied to.

          • Desdemona

            It does not matter that you really wrote sarcastic. Christian people and other people who idiots will misunderstand it.
            By the way I am not a native English speaker.
            It is really boring and pathetic that such people like you always use the same phrases like “take your meds…”. Very lame.

          • Deenohh

            You’re trying to scold me because you cant grasp the simple concept of sarcasm? “It does not matter that you really wrote sarcastic. Christian people and other people who idiots will misunderstand it.” As did YOU, so which one is your excuse? As for lame? To you – I’m sure it is. Most everyone else seems to have bothered to read the comment to which I replied so they get it. You ranted on my comment because you did not bother with context. The problem here is not your language skills, it’s your critical thinking skills

          • Desdemona

            Seems you are the one who cannot read and understand well. As I already said I am not a native English speaker. This is my “excuse”.
            It is okay that you corrected me and explained that you were sarcastic SO you should stop crying and whining now. It is really boring.

            The information in my reply was actual and true anyways. That is the point.

          • Deenohh

            ” Stop crying and whining” says the potato head, while…crying and whining! Boring? What you find boring means absolutely nothing to me. Your rather silly statement being factual and true? Obviously the language barrier means not only is sarcasm a concept that is beyond you but so is the difference between opinion and fact “Christian people and other people who idiots will misunderstand it.” And so did you. But your statement is an opinion. Your belief of it does not make is so. The speed of sound at sea level is 340 meters per second . THAT is a fact. Proven. Verified. Universal. Your English skills or lack thereof seems to do well enough to insult those you disagree with or point out the flaws in your argument.

          • Des

            Is the speed of sound 340 m/per second a standard? Or does a wind direction alter this proven fact to become something else?

          • Styles

            So jewish populations have been eradicated again and again yet this has not freed up their vast holdings of all earthly goods? In no way has their stranglehold on the gentile peoples been loosened? It doesn’t matter what you speak wherever it is that you come from. You let David Icke do all of your thinking for you. Stupid.. You believe fantastic stories just like everyone else. Why nordic extraterrestrials? Are they from the northern part of the orion system? You’re fucking dumb. Six million mostly peasants were murdered because they had such a tight grip on world affairs and economics. Oh, that’s right, that never happened either. I like how people from around the world love to chime in on english worded, american conversations with their superior, foreign bullshit. Stay where you came from and speak only your native shitbag language.

  • Glo

    That is not Ted Bundy’s body. Doesn’t look a thing like him! Interesting they cremated the remains….what it wasn’t him?? What if they didn’t even execute him and he’s still alive? Anything can be faked. Maybe TPTB weren’t finished with him yet…maybr

    • maritimer_reborn

      Take your meds, dim bulb.

    • Harper

      Oh shut up! The body looks just like him, down to the mole on his neck.

      • Honest

        Of course it IS him – but he certainly doesn’t look dead to me. He does not have the waxy, pallid look or drooping un fixed eyes so familiar in the deceased. To me he looks like he is relaxed and focusing on the ceiling. And I don’t see the purple/red colour of coagulated blood beneath the skin where he is lying. Another familiar sign in the deceased. If you are wondering how I know this information, I have worked in the medical profession for over a decade. Sorry, but he’s got the colour of life on him and that’s worrying!

    • Desdemona

      Unfortunately, it was his body!

  • The Entity

    I’m back baby!

  • Cjsmith

    I can remember that day in 1989 as a 9 year old boy in south ga buying a happy meal at mcdonalds and the French fry carton read “bundy fries”. As odd as it seems now, I remember thinking nothing of it, smiling out of joy, and running out to tell my grandma who was waiting in the car this was the day they finally killed him.

  • michaud

    Extraordinary article, touching on bigger issues than the vile and murderous individual who is not really worth naming. However, I am not so certain that evil does not have a physical & spiritual presence in the world that exists before and after the death of the individual human. What if it does? What if the proper rituals, rites, or at least attitudes are necessary at the funeral rite to dispel or contain evil, such that it is not set loose on the earth in disembodied form, as many of the ancients would have believed?

    Just as a King in ancient times would be afforded extraordinary funeral rites, would an evildoer have had their corpse prayed over in a special way to try to limit the contagion, would their ashes have been disposed of in a live volcano, encased in brass and granite at some unpleasant and undesirable place, or otherwise been dealt with as a powerful entity of wrongness, whether corporeal or spiritual?

    If one believes in disembodied spiritual forces, for good or for evil, it becomes problematic. Where and how to dispose of the body of an evil entity, such that the spirit of horror does not ruin good places, or find its way to a good body – or simply to avoid giving the soul of a monster pleasant surroundings to enjoy in the post-death “honeymoon” of the wandering soul?

  • Sarah

    Great article, do you know who owns the rights to the image of Bundy as a child?

  • bob

    nice post on ted bundys life and execution

  • Rachel Cross

    I just came across this article…we shoukd not spend so much time thinking why people do what they do or try to figure out how they tick..what was done is of an evil nature…someone who does not wish to.retain or seek GOD in their thoughts will not accept nor show any signs of remorse…that is a fact…the farther removed u are from GOD the more u are prone to doing hateful acts…albeit not heinous…after a while the conscience will slowly diminish…the only thing we can do and should do is pray for the victims and pray we never go down that path ourselves and thank the good LORD above..

  • Moron

    I think he just enjoyed killing and raping. Not a moral issue, but a control issue in his mind. I was a teenager here in Seattle during his rampage. The killer went to great and awful lengths to get attention that he was somehow important. Lot of ego to satisfy, just ignore steal and kill commandments.

  • Mac Rimbaud

    I know this is a very old article, but just wanted to say that Bundy’s DNA has been on file since 2011, and as far as I know it hasn’t resulted in him being linked to any unsolved murders, including Ann Marie Burr. I don’t know how many little girls and young women he really killed, but his hinting around that he killed hundreds was perhaps just more of his bullshit and fucking with people. He enjoyed his infamy and taunting the detectives, right up til the end, and he was a man composed of 99% bullshit, 1% truth… he never stopped trying to manipulate everyone who came in contact with him.

    Good riddance, and I hope everyone who wrote him fan letters while he was in prison dies in a fire.

    • Des

      Bundy burned/ disposed his and his victims clothes after a murder. Also he claims to have burned a head of a victim and many bodies were found without the head. Hard to link anyone to a skeleton remains without any fabric or dental clues

  • jakeViz

    Great Article.

    I completely disagree with your notion, however, that “No one was safer.”.

    When Ted Bundy was murdered by the State of Florida, five foot or so tall women around a 110-120 lbs in his vicinty became safer.

    There is zero doubt in my mind Bundy would have continued to kill. His death equates less murdered five foot tall females.

  • Edward Cullen

    Very interesting article. I have no compassion for this man. He was a self-serving and heartless psychopath who was a waste of skin. Yes, human nature encompasses good and evil, but don’t expect me to shed a single tear over this man’s execution. I also disagree that psychopaths, sociopaths, and the like are human. They are sub-human, a defect in the species and deserve to be taken out of the gene pool with a single bullet to the head.

  • Daniel O’ Connell

    Should have poured his ashes into a landfill.

  • Ang

    Theodore Robert Cowell Bundy was a hollow, selfish, depraved homo sapien. He didn’t belong here a single day he was present. However, the government has no right meting out corporal punishment, and should only be in the business of separating dangerous people from open and free society. He definitely picked the wrong state to lose control in, that’s for sure, but he’d have been gone in nearly half the time he spent on DR in Florida, had he decided to go to Texas.
    Everyone talks about how smart he was, but it took some ignoring of facts presented to law enforcement by people who knew him personally, even intimately, to allow his continued actions. And he was no Houdini, either. Anyone imprisoned on charges of murder in a tiled-ceiling cell is gonna leave if they can squeeze out.

  • trace16

    There had to be something organically wrong with Bundy’s brain from the beginning.