The Ted Bundy Tapes: Oops I Did It Again..

This the second part to a three part series

Even though Ted Bundy showed multiple symptoms of becoming a serial killer including, sensation seeking, a lack of remorse or guilt, impulsivity, the need for control, and predatory behavior, he was able to kill 36 women before law enforcement caught on. 

In the fall of 1974, Bundy moved to Utah to attend law school and women started to go missing. The following year, Bundy was pulled over by the police. A search of his vehicle uncovered a cache of burglary tools– a crowbar, a face mask, rope and handcuffs. He was arrested for possession of and probable cause since a serial killer was on the loose. In 1975, Ted was arrested in the kidnapping of Carol DaRonch, one of the few women to escape his clutches alive. He received a 15- year jail sentence. 

Bundy escaped from prison twice in 1977. The first time he was indicted on mudrer charges for the death of a young Colorado woman and decided to act as his own lawyer in the case. A serial killer with a psychology degree with an almost completed a law degree was not a good mix. During his trip to the courthouse library he jumped out the window and made his first escape and was caught eight days later.

In December of that year, Bundy escape from custody again. He climbed out of a hole he made in the ceiling of his cell. To do this he lost more than 30 pounds to be able to fit through the small opening. Authorities did not discover that Bundy was missing for more than 15 hours, giving the serial killer a big head start on the police. 

Bundy’s second escape from prison helped him make his way to Tallahassee, FL. On January 14, 1978, Bundy broke in the Chi Omega sorority house at Florida State University. He attacked four of the young female residence and killed two of them. On February 9, Bundy kidnapped and murdered a 12-year-old girl named Kimberly Leach. 

Both of these crimes marked the end of Ted Bundy’s reign of terror as he  was soon pulled over by the police that February for unknown reasons. The evidence that connected Bundy to the two Chi Omega murders at FSU was bite marks on their bodies, which upon searching dental records became a definitely match to Bundy’s. The scope of his crimes became evident in his trial, Bundy v. The State of Florida.