Claims to fame: Serial rapist; killer; necrophiliac; Republican
Moral apex: The handsome, suave — and sociopathic — Bundy raped, murdered, and abused the corpses of 30 or more women and girls (at least, that’s how many he confessed to) over a four-year period in the 1970s.
Why he’s here: Ted Bundy was a Republican. He worked on the campaign to re-elect Governor Dan Evans.
Punch line: After his re-election, Evans appointed Bundy to the Seattle Crime Prevention Advisory Committee.
Moving up the ranks: In 1973, Bundy became assistant to Ross Davis, chairman of the Washington State Republican Party.
And then: Right about that time (beginning in January, 1974) he started raping and killing.
Then: After being caught in 1977 (on a routine traffic stop), Bundy escaped custody — twice — and drove to Florida, where he bludgeoned two college co-eds to death (and critically injured a few others) while they slept in their sorority house, and then found and slaughtered his final victim: a 12-year-old girl.
Where he is now: In Hell, probably. Bundy was executed on January 24, 1989, in Old Sparky (Florida’s electric chair).
Professional courtesy? While awaiting execution (he was on Death Row for ten years), Bundy contacted Washington State police to offer his help in tracking down the Green River Killer Gary Ridgway, who had slaughtered more than 50 people, and had eluded unimpeachable identification by authorities for nearly 20 years. None of Bundy’s insights into his own diseased mind resulted in anything really solid for the cops to go on, and detective Robert D. Keppel thought later that Ted was just jealous of the more prolific GRK. Or, perhaps, desperate for a Get Out of Death Row Free card. (Ridgway, by the way, was eventually caught in 2001.)
Conservative Christian to the end: A few years before his execution, Ted found Jesus — or, more accurately, Moroni: He converted to Mormonism.
Conservative Christian to the very end: The night before his execution, Bundy granted a TV interview to rabid moralist James Dobson of Focus on the Family, in which he blamed pornography (“It snatched me out of my home 20 or 30 years ago”) for turning him into a rapist and murderer.
“He was pretty reserved in what he would tell you because he wanted to make sure that he never told you anything that dealt with anything that would classify him as a pervert, like the sexual things. …
“On one hand I saw this grandiose, proud guy who was willing to deal with governors and attorney generals for his life. On the other end of the continuum, I saw a guy who was the most pitiful, low-grade piece of junk you’d ever want who couldn’t handle anything in life as far as being around a woman.”
— King County (Wash.) detective Bob Keppel
to Patrick Bellamy, Crime Library
“No. Absolutely not. It’s important for me. It’s important for my credibility because there is so much question about my credibility.”
— Ted Bundy to Bob Keppel,
denying responsibility for the murder of a nine-year-old girl
“I grew up in a wonderful home with two dedicated and loving parents, as one of 5 brothers and sisters. We, as children, were the focus of my parents’ lives. We regularly attended church. My parents did not drink or smoke or gamble. There was no physical abuse or fighting in the home. I’m not saying it was ‘Leave it to Beaver,’ but it was a fine, solid Christian home.”
— Ted Bundy to James Dobson
Fun fact: Lots of people think Ted Bundy looks just like a young George W. Bush (left):
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Bundy: None. Either he finally got Exodus 20:13 (“Thou shalt not kill”), or he didn’t. So, instead, we offer…
Suggested Bible readings for the State of Florida and other death penalty proponents:
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
— Matthew 5:38-39
Judge not, lest ye be judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
— Matthew 7:1-2
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
— Romans 12:19
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