Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy (born Theodore Robert Cowell; November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) was a famous American killer, rapist, kidnapper and necrophile who assaulted and killed numerous young women and girls (from ages 15 - 25) during the 1970s and possibly earlier. He was sentenced to death and was by executed by the electric chair in 1989.
Quotes by Bundy
- I'm the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you'll ever meet.
- During this interrogation after his arrest in Pensacola, Flordia. (1978). Qouted in Hare, Robert D. (1999). Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopath Among Us. New York: The Guildford Press. p. 23
- Okay, you've got the indictment, that's all you're gonna get... I'll plead not guilty right now.
- As Leon County Sherriff Ken Katarsis reads him his indictment for the murder of the Chi Omega Sorority girls (July 27, 1978) video.
- I'm not gonna be in this room when that jury walks in. I'm not going through this and you knew that your honor. You know how far you can push me..... You wanna make a circus? You got a circus. I'll rain on your parade Jack. You'll see a thunderstorm. This will not be the pat little drama you've arranged.
- During an angry outburst after he learns of the judges choices for the jury for the Kimberly Leach trail. (1980) video
- Tell the jury they're wrong!
- After being sentenced to death for the murder of Kimberly Leach. (February 10, 1980). Quoted in Foreman, Laura (1992). Serial Killers – True Crime (Hardcover ed.). Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books. p. 42.
- The ultimate possession was, in fact, the taking of the life. And then ... the physical possession of the remains.
- Quoted in Michaud, Stephen; Aynesworth, Hugh (1989) Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer New York: Signet. pg. 124–26
- I didn't know what made things tick. I didn't know what made people want to be friends. I didn't know what made people attractive to one another. I didn't know what underlay social interactions.
- Discussing his high school years. Quoted in Michaud, Stephen; Aynesworth, Hugh (1999) The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy (Paperback; revised ed.). Irving, Texas: Authorlink Press. pg. 66
- Guilt. It's this mechanism we use to control people. It's an illusion. It's a kind of social control mechanism and it's very unhealthy. Its does terrible things to our body.
- Quoted in Michaud, Stephen; Aynesworth, Hugh (1999) The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy (Paperback; revised ed.). Irving, Texas: Authorlink Press. pg. 320
- A factor that is almost indispensable to this kind of behavior [serial killing] is the mobility of contemporary American life. Living in large centers of population, and living with lots of people, you can get used to dealing with strangers. It's the anonymity factor, and it has a twofold effect. First of all if you're among strangers you're less likely to remember them, or care what they're doing or what they should, or should not, be doing. If they should or shouldn't be there. Secondly, you're conditioned almost not to be afraid of strangers. Mobility is very important here. As we've seen...the individual's [himself in third person] modus operandi was moving large distances in an attempt to camouflage what he was doing. Moving these distances, he was able to take advantage of the anonymity factor.
- Quoted in Michaud, Stephen; Aynesworth, Hugh (1999) The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy (Paperback; revised ed.). Irving, Texas: Authorlink Press. pg. 326
- I just said that the Hawkins girl's head was severed and taken up the road about twenty-five to fifty yards and buried in a location about ten yard west of the road. Did you hear that?
- Discussing the murder of Georgeann Hawkins to Detective Robert Keppel, days before his execution. Quoted in Keppel, Robert (2005) The Riverman, Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer. Simon and Schuster, pp. 29
- I don't think anybody doubts whether I've done some bad things. The question is: what, of course, and how and, maybe even most importantly, why?
- Interview with Bob Keppel days before his execution. audio
- Jim [Coleman, his defense attorney] and Fred [Lawrence, his minister], I'd like you to give my love to my family and friends.
- Last spoken words as he is strapped to the electric chair. Quoted in Michaud, Stephen; Aynesworth, Hugh (1999) The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy (Paperback; revised ed.). Irving, Texas: Authorlink Press. pg. 344
1977 interview in Pitkin County Prison, Colorado
- Sure, I get angry. I get very, very angry and indignant. I don't like being locked up for something I didn't do, and I don't like my liberty taken away, and I don't like being treated like an animal, and I don't like people walking around and ogling me like I'm some sort of weirdo, because I'm not.
- I'm not guilty? Does that include the time I stole a comic book when I was five years old? I'm not guilty of the charges which have been filed against me.
- I wanted to become apart of my defense because I am such a part of it. Obviously I'm going to bare the consequences so why not bare the responsibilities?
- People say "Ted Bundy didn't show any emotion, there must be something in there". I showed emotion. You know what people said? "See, he really can get violent and angry".
- I think I stand as much chance of dying in front of a firing squad or in a gas chamber as you do being killed on a plane flight home. Let's hope you don't.
1984 interview with Detective Robert Keppel (regarding the Green River Killer)
- ...this guy is responsible for twenty or thirty more deaths at least, and there's a certain aspect of possessiveness in that. I think that's one way of describing it in rather bland terms, a possessiveness where the corpse could easily be as important as the live victim, in some respects. I mean, its that physical possession and ownership, a taking, if you will, that is just part of the syndrome. I think that sense of power and ownership is one of the reasons why I think in some cases—not all, certainly—is why I think he might be individually intending to return to the scene to either view his victim, or in fact, interact with the body in some way.
- In my opinion, the best chance you have of catching this guy is to get a site with a fresh body and stake it out.
- ...just like anybody else with an obsession, whether it be fishing, bowling or skiing, he has ways he can vicariously satisfy it. Maybe he is going to peep shows and reading detective magazines. I think there's an excellent chance that one way he gets off is by going to look at what that call the slasher films.
- This guy doesn't want to be caught. He doesn't want to play around. He's not Son of Sam and he's not even the LA Hillside Stranger. He doesn't want notoriety. That's why he's going to all these length to dispose of these people in the way that he has.
1989 interview with James Dobson
- Listen, I'm no social scientist and haven't done a survey. I don't pretend to know what John Q citizen thinks about this. But I've lived in prison for a long time now and I've met a lot of men who were motived to commit violence just like me. And without expectation, every one of them was deeply involved in pornography. Without question, without expectation. Deeply influenced and consumed by an addiction to pornography.
- Those of use who are, who have been so much influenced by violence in the media, in particular pornographic violence, are not some kinds of inherent monsters. We are your sons and we are your husbands. And we grew up in regular families. And pornography can reach out and snatch a kid out of any house today. It snatched me out of my home twenty, thirty years ago.
- I don't want to die. I'm not going to kid you. I'll kid you not. I deserve certainly the most extreme punishment society has...I think society deserves to be protected from me and others like me.
- ...well meaning decent people will condemn [the] behavior of a Ted Bundy while they're walking passed a magazine rack full of the very kinds of things that send young kids down the road to be Ted Bundys.
Quotes about Bundy
- He's definitely a premier serial killer. He is probably the model. But I don't think there's many of them like him, fortunately.
- Detective Robert Keppel clip in DERANGED: Ted Bundy
- Ted did not have any guilt. He did not have any remorse. He did not have a conscience. And so when he talks about being 99% normal and 1% abnormal, its an ugly joke. He was 100% abnormal.
- Stephen Michaud in Ted Bundy: Natural Porn Killer (2006)
- Ted was never as handsome, brilliant or charismatic as crime folklore deemed him. But as I said before, infamy became him.
- Ann Rule The Stranger Beside Me (2012 edition)
- I would describe him being as close to being like the devil as anyone I ever met.
- Joseph Aloi, Bundy defense investigator, in Ted Bundy: Natural Porn Killer (2006)
- Ted was the very definition of heartless evil.
- Polly Nelson. (1994) Defending the Devil: My Story as Ted Bundy's Last Lawyer. New York: William Morrow p. 319
- If he killed all those lovely young women–we have several beautiful daughters of our own, we know how we would feel and its a terrible thing. And he wasn't raised that way! He was raised in a good, loving, caring family. Dang it! We still love and care for him, but we want to know: what caused this?
- Louise Bundy, Ted's mother, interviewed before his execution. video
- [Ted] would walk me out to my car at two in the morning when my shift was over, and he'd say "Ann please lock your doors, I don't want anything bad to happen to you on the way home". Well, I'd just been locked up with probably the most dangerous man in the western states.
- Ann Rule in Born To Kill?: Ted Bundy Channel 5 (2012)
- For everything he did to the girls–the bludgeoning, the strangulation, humiliating their bodies, torturing them–I feel that the electric chair is too good for him.
- Eleanor Rose, mother of victim Denise Naslund. video
- Bundy's a rumpkin. Bundy's a poopbutt. Bundy's his momma's boy. Bundy's out there trying to prove something to his own manhood. That's got nothing to do with me. I don't roll around with poop people like that. I stand with people that can stand with themselves.
- I did not oppose his execution. I believed he deserved it. I never said to Ted that he did not deserve to die. I think I was pretty open with him about that. If there was a case where an individual deserve to face the maximum penalty, I think he did.....I'm not an apologist for Ted Bundy.
- Dr. James Dobson on Eyewitness New 4 Special. Just after Bundy's execution. video
- Take care of yourself, young man. I say that to you sincerely; take care of yourself, please. It is an utter tragedy for this court to see such a total waste of humanity as I’ve experienced in this courtroom. You’re a bright young man. You would have made a good lawyer and I would have loved to have you practice in front of me, but you went another way, partner. Take care of yourself. I don’t feel any animosity toward you. I just want you to know that. Once again, take care of yourself.
- Judge Edward Cowart to Bundy after sentencing him to the electric chair for the Chi Omega murders.