Ted is a power/control serial killer. He” takes pleasure from manipulation and domination; he experiences a “rush” or “high” from victim’s misery” (O’Conner). He killed and enjoyed the sport of killing for most of his life. He experienced the rush by dominating the victim with the initial blow to the head from a crowbar or piece of wood. His killings are psychologically rooted in his past relationship with Stephanie Brook. Not only was he organized, but he even planned some of his murders by wearing a cast to lure some women into helping him. “An Organized crime scene may not display obvious signs of organization” as we think of it around the home or office, but the entire scene will tend to display strong and obvious signs of a constant decision-making process that was carried out by the perpetrator throughout the commission of the crime” (Flacco).
Ted Bundy could only be known as an organized killer. The characteristics of an organized offender are the total opposite of that of a disorganized offender. These characteristics are “average to above-average intelligence, socially competent, living with a partner, controlled mood during the crime, use of alcohol with crime, mobility with the car in good condition, and changing jobs or leaving town” (Petherick). Ted Bundy was a very intelligent individual. He went to Washington University and graduated and went to law school. The judge over Ted’s trial for the Omega murders said that under different circumstances, Ted could have been an attorney. Ted also managed to escape from custody twice. Once when he jumped out of the second floor of the law library in Colorado, and the second time he escaped out of the Garfield County Jail. Ted was very socially competent.
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He not only hung around the high social ring of society, but he also was a part of the governor’s campaign party. He was known to many people as charming and would never be considered for the type of crime that he was convicted of. Ted lived with his girlfriend Liz and her daughter for years. Liz was sure that one day they would be married. Ted had girlfriends throughout his life, but none had such a profound effect as Stephanie Brook. She broke up with him after she graduated from Washington University. Ted then moulded himself into the man that he thought Stephanie wanted and reestablished their courtship. Ted proposed to Stephanie while he was still with Liz. After she went back to California, he didn’t speak to her again.
During the commission of his crimes, he was very controlled. He didn’t show any stress during his crimes. He was even very calm; he was portraying an officer, and he was in the middle of making a new victim. He also usually used alcohol during the commission of his crimes. Ted used alcohol in a number of his murders. And by his own admission to Dr. James Dobson during his final interview, he said that he used alcohol, and it reduced his inhibitions. Ted Bundy had a lot of mobility with the vehicle that he had access to. Ted was always very fond of Volts Wagons, and he would use this in the commission of his crimes. He could transport the victims very easily and dispose of the victim’s body after he was done. Ted was also known for leaving town.
He was known by a lot of people as a wanderer and would leave town for a while and just drive off, and no one knew where he was. That is how he found where to dispose of the bodies. Ted disposed of the body after the rape and murder of these women. The disposal of the body is an indicator of an organized killer. By disposing of the body, it destroys much of the evidence that is left on the body. Most of the bodies he disposed of were never found. The bodies that were found were placed so that they knew he was still out there. He would also dispose of a few victims in the same gravesite. Ted would pick up a victim in a different state and disposed of the body hundreds of miles away. He would perform his act and dispose of the body in a different jurisdiction in order to keep from linking any of the murders.
The one thing that helped ted out the most is when he would lure the victims. This took a lot of planning on his part. He stole plaster of Paris from the medical supply store where he worked. He lured them in a few different ways. He would usually pose as someone who was injured in order to get a young, compassionate woman to help Ted in his helpless state. He would go to the beach and ask a woman fitting a description similar to Stephanie Brook to help him with his boat. The woman would be more than willing to get in his car and help him. Another lure was that he would be on crutches, and his leg would be in a cast. And he would have books in his hand that he would be struggling with and drop them on the ground, and he would get help from his victims and lure them to his car.
After he would lure the victim to his care, he would also use bondage to control the victim and commit countless acts against these victims. Most of the time, he would use handcuffs to render the victims helpless. Most control serial killers would use bondage in order to control the situation. He would get a rush from watching them struggle while they were bound up with the handcuffs. Not only would it prevent them from getting away, but it would also heighten the senses of the victim because of the questionable future of their life. Once again, this act is reinforcing the power and control that Ted would have over the victim.
Another part of his characteristic killing style is that he would render the victim unconscious. He would usually use a crowbar to knock the woman unconscious in order to gain complete control of the victim. By knocking the victim out allows Bundy to do whatever he wants to the victim. This is another form in which is used to show his power over the victim. He knows that the victim is completely helpless, and he knows that he can do whatever he wants to the victim, and the victim can’t do anything about it. It also allows him to do what he wants to do stealthily and not let anyone know or hear the victim scream. This is an essential part of the organization too.
Next, Bundy would rape the victim and violate them with foreign objects. This part of the crime would give him the greatest form of control. By doing this act to these women, he is violating Stephanie Brooks over and over again. He is hurting his first and only loves him over and over again because she hurt him. This part of the crime is the most violent and the most violating of the act. Not only does he violate them by raping the victims, but he also uses anything that he can get his hands on to violate them.
He also practiced necrophilia on the victims “Many serial murderers are necrophiliacs, they get a succinct sense of control while copulating with corpses–no potential misbehaving on behalf of the victim in this scenario, the killer’s ideal fantasy cannot be fucked with” (Blue). And Ted isn’t any different. He would go to the gravesite and lay down with the victim, and reenact the event. He would come back on numerous occasions. He would have sex with the corpse until the decomposition of the body wouldn’t allow him to.