Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Serial Murder: Future Implications for Police Investigations

The Story

FBI Case No: 251163P2
Date of Birth: 11-24-46
Convicted of 3 murders
Confessed to 28
Suspected of many more, at least 36

Murders started in WA. [Washington] January 31, 1974
Ended in Florida April 1978

WA [Washington] 11
CO [Colorado] 3
UT [Utah]  8
FL [Florida]  3
ID [Indiana]  2
CA [California] 1

Arrested in UT, 10-02-75, Att Homicide, Agg Kidnap
Convicted in UT 07-06-76 of Agg Kidnap and sentenced. He then escaped to Florida.
Arrested 02-15-78 in Florida, 3 cts murder
Convicted July 1979 of the Chi Omega double and the Leach case.
Sentenced to death (3)
Executed Jan 24, 1989
(Source: "Hunting Humans" Practical Homicide Investigation , 3rd Edition, III)

Theodore Bundy was found guilty of two counts of First Degree Murder, three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder and two counts of Burglary.1 The following facts, issues on appeal, and the supreme court's conclusion and reasoning are excerpted and summarized from the court's opinion in Bundy v. State, 455 So.2d 330 (Fla. 1984).

[Sidebar: Bundy has also been convicted and given the death penalty for the murder of Kimberly Leach in Lake City, Florida. At the time of his arrest for the Leach and Chi Omega murders, Bundy was wanted for escape and homicide in Colorado and was a suspect in 36 sex-related murders in the northwest United States.2


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