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Ted Bundy autopsy photo

Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy (born Theodore Robert Cowell; November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) was an American serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. After more than a decade of denials, he confessed shortly before his execution to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978; the true total remains unknown, and could be much higher.

Bundy was regarded as handsome and charismatic by his young female victims, traits he exploited in winning their trust. He typically approached them in public places, feigning an injury or disability, or impersonating an authority figure, before overpowering and assaulting them at a more secluded location. 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 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 in the dead of night and bludgeoned victims as they slept.

On the eve of his execution, Bundy talked of suicide; he did not want to give the state the satisfaction of watching him die. Ted Bundy died in the Raiford electric chair at 7:16 a.m. EST on January 24, 1989. An estimated 2,000 celebrants sang, danced, and set off fireworks in a pasture across the street from the prison as the execution was carried out, chanting "Burn Bundy burn!", then cheered loudly as the white hearse bearing Bundy's body departed the prison.

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