Usually, people have their lives chronicled for one reason – for being extraordinary. Being extraordinary towards good things or being extraordinary towards bad things.
Recently, Netflix’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, chronicled the life and crimes of America’s most notorious serial killers of all time, Ted Bundy. Although the movie mainly covered his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Kleopfer, many people were fascinated with his last days as a convict.
Ted Bundy’s Last Days
If there was one execution that served as a delight to many, it was the death and execution of Ted Bundy.
His execution day was a national event for many as hundreds filled the prison gates, and thousands stuck to their TV. Esquire accounted that the crowd kept chanting, “Burn, Bundy, Burn!”
The whole nation was eager to bear witness of a man who had killed over 30 people in the 1970s, including a twelve-year-old girl.
Many explored the killer’s relationship with Carole Ann Boone and Kleopfer, his televised trials, and grisly murders, but not many knew how he died.
The last days surrounding his death and his actual death wasn’t only epic but also a life-changing experience for people who lived in fear during his time on earth.
How Was The Caught?
The Netflix film, which depicted Ted Bundy’s life, was based on Elizabeth Kloepfer’s memoir – The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy.
The movie revealed that Ted Bundy confessed his crimes to Elizabeth when she visited him in prison, but in reality, his confession happened over the phone. While conversing, he told her:
“The force would just consume me. Like one night, I was walking by the campus and I followed this sorority girl. I didn’t want to follow her. I didn’t do anything but follow her and that’s how it was. I’d be out late at night and follow people like that… I’d try not to, but I’d do it anyway.”
Bundy’s conversation with Elizabeth became a reality and a nightmare to many when he engaged in a murder spree across several states in the 1970s.
Although he was jailed a couple of times, he always found a way to evade justice. On occasion, he jumped out a courthouse window, and on another occasion, he broke out of jail.
Among the countless murder he engaged in, the Florida State University murders at the Chi Omega sorority house on Jan 15, 1978, was most notable. ABC News revealed that his last victim after the murder at the sorority house was the beginning of the gruesome killer’s end.
He reportedly kidnapped Kimberly Leach from her school in Lake City, killed the young girl, and dumped her body in Suwannee State Park. In February, the same year, he was finally caught when a police officer felt he was too suspicious to be dismissed.
The policeman thought he had arrested a thief with stolen car plates and a driver without a license, not knowing that he had arrested the most wanted serial killer.
After two days in custody, he admitted his real identity, leaving detectives to wonder if he was the same person responsible for the attack on the sorority sister peers and the sorority sisters’ death; Magaret Bowman and Lisa Levy.
After verifying that he was the man who had been on the FBI’s list of the ten most wanted people in Florida, he was charged with three counts of attempted murder and two counts of first-degree murder.