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Case Study : Theodore Robert Bundy

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Shamariah Harding Criminal Justice Mrs. Hickox 25 April 2015 Theodore Robert Bundy was a man originally known by many in the 1960 to 1970s society as a friendly, intelligent, upstanding individual. His very name seems welcoming, even alluring. In fact, his lure was the way a portion of his many victims fell prey to his “handsome” smile. Heartbreaker would be a mild title for this man; skull-breaker seems to be the more accurate approach. Theodore was a man who was convicted and later confessed to many counts of rape and murder on over 30 college aged women in the Utah, Oregan, Washington, California, Colorado, and Florida areas. Could anyone have predicted the route this University of Washington graduate’s life would take? None can say…show more content…
Ted did, in fact, exhibit disturbing behaver from time to time. Julia, Ted’s aunt, recalls one day specifically where she awoke from a nap to find herself surrounded by knives from the Cowell kitchen. Much to her surprise, her three-year-old nephew was standing by the bed, smiling. In 1950, Eleanor, Ted’s mother, moved to Tacoma, Washington, taking Ted along with her. Many individuals believe Samuel’s rage and abuse were what triggered her departure. A year after moving to Washington, Eleanor met and married a man by the name of Johnny Bundy, which is where Ted got the last name he is known by today. After their marriage, Eleanor (who began to go by her middle name, Louise) and Johnny had more children, whom Ted spent much of his time babysitting. In his elementary and high school years, Ted was a good student, excelling academically. On a social level, Bundy was introverted and shy; he admitted that “he ‘hit a wall’ in high school” and “was unable to understand social behavior.” Ted had “no natural sense of how to get along with other people, saying, ‘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’” (clarkprosecutor.org). Although Ted kept up a convincing façade of being a normal teenager, he admits on the final day of his life that what spurred on his murderous rampage on women was an addiction to
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