Ted Bundy. Background. Born in Burlington, Vermont on November 24, 1946 to Eleanor Louise Cowell. His birth certificate assigns paternity to a salesman and Air Force veteran named Lloyd Marshall .
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During high school he was arrested at least twice on suspicion of burglary and auto theft. When he reached age 18 the details of the incidents were expunged from his record
He had admitted to thirty-six killings, across three states, but experts believe that the final tally may be closer to one hundred.
Initially incarcerated in Utah in 1975 for aggravated kidnapping and attempted criminal assault, Bundy became a suspect in a progressively longer list of unsolved homicides in multiple states. Facing murder charges in Colorado, he committed two dramatic escapes allowing him to assault even more victims, including three murders, before He was stopped for a traffic violation in Florida leading to his final arrest, February 15, 1978.
I believe that the Social Control Theory best explains Ted Bundy’s criminal behavior. In the Social Control Theory the deviants care about what others think about them and then conform to social expectations because they accept what other expect. Bundy’s true and first love broke up with him after she felt that he didn’t “have a successful future”. Bundy accepted this expectation of himself so he dropped out of school. It was during this time that he began his killing spree to gain confidence.
The Social Control Theory also states that when attachments to social bonds are weakened that deviance can occur. Bundy had a very unusual family situation. For most of his young life he grew up believing that his grandparents were his parents and that his mother was his older sister. Finding out that almost everything he thought to be true was a lie, caused almost all of his family bonds to be completely destroyed. The breakup with his girlfriend also broke a major social bond. The breaking of these bonds, which represented truth and love, is most likely the reason that pushed Bundy to not value human life.
In the case of Ted Bundy, I do not believe that rehabilitation would work. Ted was captured, escaped, continued to hurt others; twice. When Bundy escaped, he had the option of going into hiding, but instead he couldn’t fight his true and only desire to kill people. I truly believe that if he was not captured he would continue to kill to this day. His victim count is so large that it is still unknown. Bundy was also the definition of a sadistic killer, his joy came from viciously raping, killing, and decapitating his victims. The only way to deal with a killer that is just completely evil is to simply be punished. There would not have been any amount of classes or counseling that could have changed Ted Bundy.