“Ted Bundy Case Study”
Professor Duane Dobbert
Case Study- Ted Bundy
Ted Bundy is known to be the worst serial killer in U.S. History. In the 1970's, Ted raped and murdered women in at least five different states. Bundy eventually confessed to thirty murders, although the actual total remains unknown. Theodore Robert Bundy was born on November 24th, 1946 in Burlington, Vermont to Eleanor Louise Cowell, a 22 year old single woman. Ted's mom never told him much about his father other than that he was in the armed forces and that they never were really together. Bundy had a difficult childhood and was pretty much an wanted by his mother. After being left in foster care for two months, Eleanor decided to have her parents raise Ted and make him and everyone believe that they were his adopted parents and that Eleanor was his sister. At the age of five, Ted took the name of his new step-father, Johnnie Bundy. (Thesis) Although Bundy was academically successful as a young adult, he grew up into being one of the worst serial killers known to ever step foot in the United States of America.
Some could argue that Ted's upbringing is what turned him into the man that he had later become. Although Bundy loved his grandfather, he was known as an ill-tempered bully. He expected everyone to do what he said and meet his demands and if not he could be verbally and physically abusive. He also physically mistreated animals including their family pet. All of this made Ted's grandmother suffer from severe depression and agoraphobia and she never really left the house. This was the only possible known trauma in Ted's life. As he got older and more aware of his surroundings his parents his mother took him with her to Washington with her new husband John. Ted and his step-father were never particularly close but no abuse was ever evident and Eleanor was devoted to her son, though he remained confused about their relationship.