Disturbing Fact Number One: Ted Bundy grew up thinking that his mother was his sister.
Back in the 40’s, being an unwed mother was more than frowned upon. It was a family disgrace. So, when Ted’s mother, Eleanor Cowell gave birth to a little boy, Theodore Robert Cowell in November of 1946, she did it in secret. Then she moved in with her parents in Philadelphia, PA. Ted was brought up believing that his mother was his sister and his grandparents were his mom and dad. When, in time, Ted did learn the truth about his ‘mother’ he resented her openly. She on the other hand remained tight lipped and as secretive as ever. She and her offspring shared no intimate mother/son relationship.
Disturbing Fact Number Two: Ted Bundy admired, and looked up to, his grandfather as a role model.
Keeping in mind, that for the better part of his very young life, Ted Bundy thought Samuel Cowell was his father. And rumor has it, although unsubstantiated, that that may have very well been the case. Although young Eleanor had written the name Llyod Marshal down on the birth certificate, she later claimed a man by the name of Jack Worthington was really the boy’s father. However, authorities claim that neither ‘man’ ever existed and it was rumored that Samuel, who was known to be violently abusive to his wife, children and stray animals alike, had in fact raped young Eleanor and sired Ted Bundy himself.
Disturbing Fact Number Three: During his trial, where he represented himself, Ted actually married his girlfriend.
Ted Bundy was truly no fool. While he was on trial, having chosen to represent himself, he called his girlfriend to the witness stand. Once there, Ted, using a Florida law that states that ‘a marriage declaration in court, in the presence of a judge, constituted as a legal marriage,’ he married Carol Ann Boone right there on the spot. The courts hands were tied and so the marriage was! Carol, adamant of Bundy’s innocence, later gave birth to his daughter and only divorced him when she finally came to her senses and realized just how guilty he truly was.
Disturbing Fact Number Four: Ted escaped prison twice before he was finally executed.
Because Ted was granted permission to acted as his own attorney, he was excused from wearing leg shackles and hand cuffs in court. During a court recess, Ted asked, and was so granted, the court’s permission to visit the courthouse law library to do some research on his case. Once inside the library, he jumped from the second story window and easily escaped the building. He shucked off his outer clothes and made his way into the Aspen Mountains. He broke into a hunting cabin and stole clothing, food and a rifle. After six days as a fugitive, two police officers noticed a weaving car and pulled over none other than Mr. Ted Bundy himself. He was taken straight back to prison.
But he soon escaped again! He made his second escape by sawing a hole in the corner of his cell’s ceiling. He squeezed his way through the small space in December of 1977, after losing 35 pounds, so his body could fit. He piled books and files under a blanket to replicate his body. This escape however, cost 21-year-old Margaret Bowman her life. Bundy murdered her while he was a fugitive for the second time. He also significantly injured four other women as well. He was finally caught, for the third time, in February of 1978.
Disturbing Fact Number Five: Ted wrote Christmas cards before his execution.
Ted Bundy wrote Christmas cards one month and four days before his execution! Two of those cards, signed by Bundy, sold for $4,999.99! One card read: “God Bless you, Peace Ted”.