Ted Bundy had sex with victims' decapitated corpses and kept HEADS as mementos
His name will forever be up there with the worst ever serial killers.
Ted Bundy once described himself as “the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet” - and the sick, sadistic nature of his crimes certainly backs up his crazed boasts.
The maniac may have taken the lives of as many as 100 women during a terrifying murder spree in the 1970s - a toll which would make him America’s deadliest killer.
And while many serial killers take home a ‘trophy’ from their victim to remember their kill, evil Bundy far surpassed the others too.
After bludgeoning his female victims to death, and sometimes spending the night with their dead bodies, he would often remove their heads with a hacksaw and take them back to his apartment to keep as mementos.
With the severed heads on display at home, sick Bundy would wash their hair, apply make-up to them, and engage in sexual acts with them.
When asked why he kept such grisly tokens he replied: “When you work hard to do something right, you don’t want to forget it.”
Americans were so disgusted by Bundy’s horrific crimes that when he was electrocuted in January 1989 his death was celebrated by the largest crowd ever seen outside an execution.
Now on the 30th anniversary of his death a new Netflix series, ‘Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’, offers a fascinating new insight into the maniac’s twisted mind.
The documentary is based on never-heard-before audio recordings of Bundy made during interviews with two journalists while on death row in 1980.
Bundy confessed to 36 murders in all, but when asked by federal agents how many women he had really killed, claimed: “Add one digit to that, and you’ll have it.”
At the start of his killing spree in 1974, though, police refused to believe that Ted Bundy - a clean-cut law student without a criminal record and who worked for a suicide prevention hotline - could have anything to do with the alarming number of women going missing.
In fact Bundy was a sex-crazed psychopath and master manipulator who was already getting a taste for murder.
His first known attack was on the knight of January 4, 1974, when he broke into the basement bedroom of an 18-year-old student, bludgeoning her unconscious with a metal rod from her now bed frame before sexually assaulting her with the same object.
His assault left her in a 10-day coma and suffered permanent brain damage.
A month later, Bundy committed his first known murder, when he broke into another student’s flat, Lynda Ann Healy, knocked her unconscious, then clothed her body and carried her out to his car.
She was never seen again, but part of her skull was discovered years later at one of the locations where Bundy dumped his bodies.
Afterwards, the killer continued targeting female students, and sometimes adolescent girls, often approaching the women while wearing a fake leg cast or arm sling, and asking them to help him put something into his car.
He would then bludgeon them unconscious before binding, raping, and killing them, and finally dumping their bodies in a remote location in the woods.
Bundy later revealed that after raping and killing the women he would often spend the night with their corpses, while he would often revisit these sites to have sex with their corpses until they were too decomposed, or had been eaten by animals.
As well as taking his victims home as grotesque souvenirs of his crimes, Bundy would also sometimes take their clothes and jewellery, and sometimes even regift them to others.
And he would often take Polaroid pictures of his victims modelled in provocative poses that he remembered seeing in pornographic material as a child.
Bundy later claimed that he would even consume parts of his victims’ bodies so that they would become part of him, claiming that he wanted to “possess” them and that raping them and taking their lives wasn’t enough.
Later describing his addiction to murder, he chillingly explained: “You feel their last bit of breath leaving their body. You’re looking into their eyes. A person in that situation is God!”
After a number of witnesses came forward to describe a handsome young man calling himself Ted, who had approached women trying to draw them to his VW Beetle, the police issued a description.
But even though three people, including his ex-girlfriend, told police it was Bundy, police incredibly dismissed him as a witness, unable to believe he was involved in the killings.
Bundy’s trail of murder continued when he moved to Utah later in 1974, where he had got a place in law school. The string of homicides began the month after he moved there in August, starting with a still-unidentified hitchhiker, who he raped and strangled to death.
After dumping her body in a nearby river Bundy returned the next day to photograph and dismember her corpse.
A month later Bundy sized 16-year-old Nancy Wilcox in Salt Lake City, raped and strangled her to death before burying her remains.
And a month after that, Melissa Anne Smith, the 17-year-old daughter of a police chief in Salt Lake City disappeared after leaving a pizza parlor.
Her body was found nine days later, with a postmortem indicating she may have remained alive up for to a week following her disappearance.
Sickeningly, Bundy later described how he treated murder like a sport, and would actually engage in a catch and release type of training during his “off season”, when he would pick up women simply to keep his skills sharp, and then let them go.
And he seemed to take just as much pleasure in running rings around the police with what he believed was his far superior intelligence.
In 1975 he was arrested for kidnapping Carol DaRonch, one of the few who survived his attacks, and sentenced to up to 15 years behind bars.
But two years later, while acting as his own lawyer after being indicted over the death of a Colorado woman, he jumped out of the jailhouse library window and disappeared.
He was caught eight days later but in December the same year, 1977, he climbed out of a hole in the ceiling of his cell and fled to Florida, where he picked up his murder spree where he had left off.
Perhaps making up for lost time, January 1978, Bundy broke into he Chi Omega sorority at Florida State University and raped and killed four women in just 15 minutes.
First, he bludgeoned 21-year-old Margaret Bowman to death with a chunk of firewood then parroted her with a stocking, then beat and strangled 20-year-old Lisa Levy before sexually assaulting her with a bottle, ripping one of her nipples and leaving a deep bite in the flesh of her buttocks.
He then bludgeoned death two other students, Karen Chandler and Kathy Kleiner, who were sleeping in an adjoining bedroom.
A month later he abducted 12-year-old Kimberly Leach from her middle school, raped and murdered her before dumping her body under a pig shed.
It was his last known killing - a few days later he was stopped by a policeman, who arrested him after checks showed her Beetle was stolen. Inside the vehicle he found ID cards and credit cards belonging to his victims.
Bundy eventually confessed to 30 killings across seven US states, but most who have studied his case believe the number is much larger.After being sentenced to death, he was reportedly gang raped by four men while on death row at Florida’s Raiford Prison.
He also conceived a child with Carole Ann Boone, who he’d married during his trial.
On the day he was finally executed by electric chair, aged 42, on January 24, 1989, hundreds gathered outside the prison to celebrate his death, chanting ‘burn, Bundy, burn’.
But Eleanor Rose, the mother of one of his victims, Denise Naslund, said: “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.”