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.

Elizabeth’s memoir revealed that he was desperate to take ‘responsibility’ for his actions. The memoir also revealed that Elizabeth could only respond with ‘I love you’ when he confessed his violent deeds. He said:

“I tried to suppress it. It was taking more and more of my time. That’s why I didn’t do well in school. My time was being used, trying to make my life look normal. But I wasn’t’ normal.”

The Trial

During the trial, a couple of people admitted to seeing someone who looked like Ted Bundy in some murder locations.

One of the Chi Omega Sorority members, Nita Neary, stated that she saw a man who looked like Bundy walk down the stairs the night of the gruesome attack. Lead Prosecutor Larry Simpson stated:

“She was able to give a good, strong description. Nita Neary did meet with an artist and drew a sketch of that person that she saw leaving the Chi Omega House…It looked like Mr Bundy.”

Asides the eye witness account, the bite mark on Lisa Levy and the killer’s hair matching fibers found in a pantyhose mask were sufficient evidence against the serial killer. Simpson stated:

“I think the bite mark, itself is indicative of the primary rage that My Bundy must have been in at the time that he committed those murders. It was just a total homicidal rage.”

She further stated, “I thought a lot about the parents of the girls that were killed during the prosecution of this case. It’s one of the things that kept me going.”

On Jul 24, 1979, the trial’s outcome was a dream come true for many as the killer was sentenced to death for the death of Levy and Bowman and the attempted murders of Chandler, Thomas, and Kleiner.

In the first month of the year 1980, he was sentenced to death for kidnapping and murdering Kimberly Leach. All the evidence presented in the court were so strong that a death sentence wouldn’t have been avoidable.

Ted Bundy’s Execution 

After several failed appeals, Ted Bundy confessed his crimes. He confessed his involvement to 30 murders and a couple of assaults. Although detectives believed that his victims were more than thirty, claiming thirty isn’t a bad idea.

 A day to his execution, many citizens were found outside the prison walls. Some set up camp to drink to his coming demise while a few howled chants for authorities to burn the killer.

After spending nine years in Florida State Prison, Ted was faced with choosing his last meal. The fear of death came with a lack of enthusiasm to choose a last meal.

Since he wasn’t willing to choose, he was given a standard meal that contained “steak, eggs, hash browns and toasts.” Not only did he lack the enthusiasm to choose his last meal, but he also didn’t eat of the meal sent to him.

Ted Bundy’s Death

On Jan 24, 1989, the LA Times reported that 42 witnesses were inside to watch Bundy’s death asides those chanting outside the prison walls.

LA Times reported, “Supt. Tom Barton asked Bundy if he had any last words. The killer hesitated; his voice quivered. I’d like to give my love to my family and friends,” he said.

With that, it was time. A last thick strap was pulled across Bundy’s mouth and chin. The metal skullcap was bolted in place, and its heavy black veil was falling in front of the condemned man’s face. Barton gave the go-ahead.

An anonymous executioner pushed the button. Two thousand volts surged through the wires. Bundy’s body tensed, and his hands tightened into a clinch.

A tiny puff of smoke lifted from his right leg. A minute later, the machine was turned off, and Bundy went limp. A paramedic opened the blue shirt and listened for a heartbeat.

A second doctor aimed a light into his eyes. At 7:16 a.m., Theodore Robert Bundy — one of the most active killers of all time — was pronounced dead.

In an interview with LA Times, Florida State trooper, ken Robinson who was at the scene of execution, said, “I felt no compassion for Bundy whatsoever. He had an easier death than any of his victims.”

Ted Bundy’s Legacy

After his execution, medical experts removed his brain with the plan to examine and identify the root cause of his abnormalities, but nothing spectacular was found.

His body was later cremated and his ashes scattered in Washington’s Cascades Mountains just as he had requested.

Since his involvement in these gruesome acts, Bundy has featured countless true crime books, documentaries, and even horror movies.

To date, many have wondered how a seemingly upright, well-raised man ended up a gruesome murderer.

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