He’s become a cultural icon, the basis for dozens of critically acclaimed television and film characters and will go down in history as one of America’s most brutal and depraved killers. A lot is known about Ted Bundy thanks to highly publicized “career.” He slaughtered women from coast to coast in the 1970s and spent the remainder of his life, in the late 70s and throughout the 80s, fighting for his innocence and attempting to elude law enforcement.
Here, we can see Ted Bundy as a deeply disturbed sociopath, a clever manipulator, social chameleon and even a father and husband. A man with no regard for fellow humans, but a deep understanding of what to say, what to do and how to act in order to get what he wanted. Let’s go back in time and take a look at this horrifying yet intriguing psychopath and examine 15 of the most shocking facts about Ted Bundy’s trial.
1. Ted Bundy Represented Himself In Court… Twice
Despite his lack of any degree, credentials, or experience, Ted Bundy was quite adamant about representing himself during his trial. He was a major narcissist and saw himself as a competent lawyer. During his initial trial in Utah, Ted Bundy was appointed an attorney to aid him. However, for both his Florida and Colorado murder trials he represented himself.
Legal experts present during his second and final trials described Ted Bundy as “self-sabotaging” and observed that, “all that mattered to him apparently was that he be in charge.” Still, even though he had no experience in a court room he still managed to land a pretty good deal. If he admitted guilt he’d land a seventy-five-year sentence and his case would be up for review a few years later. Ted Bundy, along with his overwhelming sense of pride and self-worth, saw the deal as an insult to his integrity and turned it down because he would have to admit guilt for his crimes, which he never could bring himself to do. Eventually, he was found guilty anyway and sentenced to death.