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Running head: CRIMINAL PROFILE: TED BUNDY 1 Criminal Profile: Ted Bundy Research Paper Tameka Rush American Military University August 22, 2015 Authors Note This paper was prepared for Criminal Profiling CMRJ329, taught by Dr. Jade Pumphrey.
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CRIMINAL PROFILE: TED BUNDY 2 Criminal Profile: Ted Bundy “Murder is not about lust and it’s not about violence it’s about possession. When you feel the last breath of life coming out of the woman, you look into her eyes and at that point it’s like being God,” said Ted Bundy. He was a Monster. He was a Sociopath. He was Psychotic. These are the frequent adjectives used to describe the society’s most infamous slayer. He was a seductive killer, gruesome celebrity, and at one point, arguably the most hated man in the country. Highly regarded as the most notorious serial killer in American history, many believe that he lived to kill. By many accounts he is the serial killer by which all other serial killers are compared to. Over a 5-year period he brutally murdered 36 women. However, on death row he later admitted to killing between 35-110 women total. The real number remains unknown. What is known is that he is responsible for some of the most horrific murders against women ever documented. When profiling a criminal, experts typically attempt to identify patterns in the criminal’s behavior as well as any hints from the criminal’s childhood or upbringing that may have pushed them towards violence. What has baffled psychiatrists, writers and law enforcement officials for decades about Ted Bundy in particular is that by most accounts he was a seemingly normal, mentally stable human being. He was both charming and articulate, with a “boy next door” type of image. Bundy was also highly intelligent, receiving a Bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Washington, and even went on to become a law student. How could a man like this grow into one of the most prolific serial killers of all time? The following paragraphs will attempt to profile Ted Bundy by giving a description of his background, explaining the biological, situational, and developmental factors that led to his criminal behavior, and conclude with psychological theories that contributed to the ostensible understanding of this criminal.
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CRIMINAL PROFILE: TED BUNDY 3 Ted Bundy was born Theodore Robert Cowell on November 24, 1946 in Burlington, Vermont. His mother was named Eleanor Louise Cowell. She spent most of her life working as a Secretary at the University of Puget Sound in the state of Washington. Eleanor Louise Cowell had Ted in 1946 at a center for unwed mothers. The fact that her son was deemed an illegitimate baby took a significant toll on her that would later be shared by her son in the years to come. The identity of Ted Bundy’s father has remained unknown. There has been speculation by other family members, but no real evidence to support any specific claim. Eleanor and her son Ted moved in with her parents shortly after he was born. In an attempt to avoid the negative
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