Theodore Robert Bundy (born Theodore Robert Cowell; November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier.Shortly before his execution, after more than a decade of denials, he confessed to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 19.The true victim count remains unknown, and could be much higher.

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He typically approached them in public places, feigning injury or disability, or impersonating an authority figure, before overpowering and assaulting them at more secluded locations.

He sometimes revisited his secondary crime scenes for hours at a time, grooming and performing sexual acts with the decomposing corpses until putrefaction and destruction by wild animals made further interaction impossible.

He decapitated at least 12 of his victims, and kept some of the severed heads in his apartment for a period of time as mementos.

On a few occasions, he simply broke into dwellings at night and bludgeoned his victims as they slept.

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 engineered two dramatic escapes and committed further assaults, including three murders, before his ultimate recapture in Florida in 1978.He received three death sentences in two separate trials for the Florida homicides.Ted Bundy died in the electric chair at Raiford Prison in Starke, Florida, on January 24, 1989.) in Burlington, Vermont on November 24, 1946 to Eleanor Louise Cowell (1924–2012; known for most of her life as Louise).His father's identity has never been determined with certainty.His birth certificate assigns paternity to a salesman and Air Force veteran named Lloyd Marshall, For the first three years of his life Bundy lived in the Philadelphia home of his maternal grandparents, Samuel and Eleanor Cowell, who raised him as their son to avoid the social stigma that accompanied birth outside wedlock at the time.Family, friends, and even young Ted were told that his grandparents were his parents and that his mother was his older sister.