Ted Bundy was born on November 24, 1946 in Burlington, Vermont. He was born fatherless and lived with his mother and grandmother in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania until he was nine years old. The first evidence of his mental instability appeared at the age of four, when he appeared at his aunt’s bedside with several knives.
Bundy and his mother next moved to Tacoma, Washington where she married a man named John Culpepper Bundy. For most of his life, his mother had told him that she was actually his sister, but she finally revealed the truth to Bundy and caused him a great deal of psychological trauma. He continued living a fairly normal life as a student and Boy Scout, but he had trouble getting along with other people.
His first criminal activities began with voyeurism when he would sneak around the neighborhood and peep into people’s windows.
Bundy attempted to lead a normal life and dated a woman named Stephanie Brooks. She dumped him at one point, citing his immaturity and lack of ambition. Many believe that it was this rejection that drove him to attack and murder at least 100 women.
Ted Bundy removed the passenger seat of his beige Volkswagen Beetle to make space for the bodies of the young female college students he lured into the car during his mid-1970s killing spree.
The electrocution of Ted Bundy went as scheduled amid a carnival like atmosphere outside the prison. On January 24, 1989, Theodore Bundy died at around 7:13 a.m. as crowds outside cheered his death.
A few years later, a pair of Utah sheriff’s deputies bought the car at auction for $975, and then in 1997 turned a profit on it. They listed the car for $25,000 in an ad in TheNew York Times classified section, and it was bought by a collector in upstate New York. He then turned around and leased it to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, D.C., where it now resides.