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Published On: Fri, Jan 24th, 2014

This Day in History: Serial killer Ted Bundy put to death by Florida electric chair

The famous serial killer, rapist and murderer Ted Bundy was put to death on this death 25 years ago.

 Ted Bundy mug shot, Feb. 13, 1980.

Ted Bundy mug shot, Feb. 13, 1980.

Bundy may have murdered thirty people on at least seven states, the figures are unclear. Bundy decapitated approximately a dozen of his victims and regularly kept body parts as trophies.

Bundy confided in Special Agent William Hagmaier of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit.

Hagmaier was struck by the “deep, almost mystical satisfaction” that Bundy took in murder. “He said that after a while, murder is not just a crime of lust or violence,” Hagmaier related. “It becomes possession. They are part of you … [the victim] becomes a part of you, and you [two] are forever one … and the grounds where you kill them or leave them become sacred to you, and you will always be drawn back to them.”

Bundy told Hagmaier he considered himself an “amateur”, an “impulsive” killer in his early years, before moving into what he called his “prime” or “predator” phase at about the time of Lynda Healy’s murder in 1974.

Obviously it’s assumed Bundy killed prior to 1974, but no direct links were made.

Bundy attempted to or escaped from prison on multiple occasions.

In October 1976 he was found hiding in bushes in the prison yard carrying an “escape kit”—road maps, airline schedules, and a social security card—and spent several weeks in solitary confinement as punishment.

Following a 1977 prison escape he traveled extensively and ended up in Florida which resulted in the deaths of Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman.

On February 10, 1980 Bundy was sentenced to death by electrocution for a third time which was carried out nine years later.

Hagmaier was present during Bundy’s final interviews with investigators. On the eve of his execution, he talked of suicide. “He did not want to give the state the satisfaction of watching him die,” Hagmaier said.

Ted Bundy died in the Raiford electric chair at 7:16 a.m. EST on January 24, 1989.

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