Some facts about Ted Bundy:
- As a child Ted often fantasized about being adopted by Roy Rogers. Years later he would listen to late night talk shows and used that as an escapist fantasy (one of many others he fostered since he had trouble making friends, was a loner, and often stayed in.)
- Took Chinese in college as well as psychology before entering into the University of Utah College of Law for the term beginning in 1973.
- Though many who knew Ted described him as exceptionally intelligent and sophisticated, his IQ was “middling bright” at 124.
- Was a compulsive nose-picker and nail-biter. He finally broke the latter habit while incarcerated.
- Two of his favorite books were James Clavell’s "King Rat" and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s "The Gulag Archipelago", which he carried with him into the courtroom.
- After his daring escape through a second story courthouse window in broad daylight he immediately became part of the local folklore. One of Aspen’s eateries served a “Bundy Burger” which consisted only of two buns- the meat had fled. A bar served a “Bundy Cocktail” made with tequila, rum, and two Mexican jumping beans. Hitchhikers were seen wearing shirts with “I’m not Bundy!” printed on them.
- Although Bundy typically attacked or murdered attractive women in their late teens and twenties with long brown hair parted in the middle, he often changed his method of killing his victims and how they were disposed of in an attempt to keep the authorities off his trail. Many were bludgeoned to death but he also strangled, stabbed, and slit the throat of one victim, Kimberly Leach.
- Authorities often commented on Ted’s uncanny ability to look like a completely different person with the smallest tweak to his appearance; wearing a mustache, combing his hair differently, gaining or losing a few pounds, wearing different clothes, or shaving. Two authors who conducted death row interviews for a book on Bundy, "The Only Living Witness", also mentioned that at times depending on his mood, his eyes changed colors.
- Bundy had an affinity for socks. He owned many pairs (his favorite being argyle) and while he was on the lam in Florida, he purchased 30 more pairs with stolen credit cards. This was symptomatic of the foot fetish Bundy willingly conceded to. Psychiatrists recognize such fetishism as a common among people suffering from severe sexual disorientation. When the condition is pathological, a morbid fascination with female genitalia is also observed.
- Since Bundy represented himself when being tried for the death and assault of the Chi Omega sisters, he requested to conduct the interviews for the deposition, in which witnesses are questioned prior to the trial on the facts to which they are prepared to attest. Not only did Bundy call scores of policemen and lab technicians to be interviewed by him in jail, he also demanded to see the surviving Chi Omega sisters. The authorities had no recourse but to comply.
- Carole Anne Boone, Ted’s wife and the mother of his child and step-son affectionately referred to him as Bunny and advocated his innocence. Boone had previously worked with Bundy at the Washington State Department of Emergency Services located in Olympia in 1974.
- An inquiry into Bundy’s mental health was ordered by Judge Stewart Hansen following his guilty verdict. The tests were extensive and took 90 days to complete during which Bundy’s skull was x-rayed and a small benign tumor was discovered in the left frontal sinux.
"Society wants to believe it can identify evil people, or bad or hurtful people, but it’s not practical. There are no stereotypes. The thing is that some people are just psychologically less ready for failure than others."