Applied Criminological Analysis of Ted Bundy

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A reign of terror shocked the United States during the 1970s. More and more women students suddenly and inexplicably vanished. During a frantic search for the serial murderer, investigators could not seem to find a link to the perpetrator. The striking similarities of the victims indicated to only one mastermind was behind this scheme. However, when he was caught, America learned that not every serial killer fits the profile. Ted Bundy, a man known to many as intelligent and intriguing, spread his reign of terror throughout the United States by systematically targeting and murdering young women; using the process perspective, it is determinable that his confusing and often tumultuous upbringing as a youth influenced his future behavior one…show more content…
Regardless, friends would still remember him as being a striking, eloquent gentleman. One morning, when Bundy was four years old, he appeared in his aunt's bedroom smiling while he wielded several knives and laid them beside her bed. (Crimelibrary, 2005; Wikipedia, 2005)
Even though Bundy was friendly, popular and good-looking, he had very few dates during his high school years. He felt awkward in social situations, and this awkwardness and fear haunted him into his college years when he attended the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington. Bundy had one serious relationship with a college freshman, who is known by the fictitious name of "Stephanie Brooks." Bundy felt that she was everything he had ever wished and dreamed for in a woman. She was a gorgeous and exceedingly sophisticated woman. Born into a wealthy Californian family, Bundy could not believe someone from her "class" would have an interest in someone like him. Although they had many differences, they both loved to ski. It was during their many ski trips together that he believed he fell in love with her. However, she was not as infatuated with Bundy as he was with her. She liked Bundy a lot also, but she believed that he had no direction in life or any admirable future goals. Bundy tried his hardest to impress her, even if it meant lying,

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