Serial Killers Slaying three or more victims



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CASE STUDIES



Ted Bundy

  • Sociopathic – antisocial personality disorder.

  • Murdered close to 40 confirmed cases of women. Estimated one hundred women murdered.

  • 1970s.

  • A killing machine.

Outward appearance:



  • Charming and well spoken.

  • Attractive and well dressed.

  • Intelligent. Majored in psychology and was a law student.

  • Groomed to run for public office.

  • Women were attracted to him.

Beneath the mask:



  • Ted had a vast and bottomless rage towards women.

  • One of his fantasies was to have all the underwear and socks he could ever have. A fetishism involving footwear or underwear is a sign of sexual deviance.

  • Stalked women. Tortured and beat them. Strangled women and tore their flesh with his teeth. Dismembered women.

  • Ted felt a spiritual oneness with his victims. He enjoyed feeling the last bit of breath leaving his victim’s bodies.

  • Ted felt like a god around a dead body. He possessed them totally when his victims were dead.

Abduction Method:



  • Played on the victim’s kindness to get them to come within striking distance.

  • Clubbed them with a crowbar

  • Handcuffed them.

  • Victims were forced to dress in his choice of clothes and recreate pornographic images.

  • Snapshots were taken of them nude and with props.

  • Beheaded many of the corpses with hacksaws and carried the head in a backpack for days.

Ted’s childhood background:



  • Born in 1947 to an unwed mother.

  • Mother and Ted moved and labeled adopted.

  • Ted had a close relationship with his ill-tempered Grandfather:

      • A perfectionist landscaper.

      • More patient with plants than with people.

      • Very abusive, physically and verbally towards his wife.

      • Harshness extended to animals. Killed a clients dog and through it on the client’s neighboring yard because of the dog’s annoying barking.

      • Grandfather’s wife experienced bouts of depression, never left the house due to fear of open spaces. Under electroshock therapy.

  • Three year old Ted would crawl into his Aunt Julia’s (15 years old) bedroom and slip butcher knives under the covers by her side while smiling.

  • Teachers noted Ted was average to above intelligence. When provoked, Ted responded with explosive and violent behavior of frightening ferocity.

Early Adolescence



  • Pretty normal.

  • Low profile.

  • Good grades.

  • Boy Scout.

  • Attractive and dressed well.

  • Well mannered and shy.

  • Usual teenage awkwardness.

End of High School- Ted begins to build a foundation for serial killing.




  • Sneaking out at night peering into windows to watch women undressed.

  • Would disable a woman’s car to render her less mobile and make her more vulnerable.

  • While the woman dealt with her disabled car, Ted would watch her from behind brush and masturbate.

  • Ted begins to shoplift:

      • Expensive clothing.

      • Women’s panties and socks.

At the end of his high school year:




  • Ted was unhappy with his social standing.

  • He found out he was born out of wedlock and upset with his mother not telling him and for labeling him adopted.

  • Very disenchanted with his lower class upbringing.

  • Ted asked a well-educated and well-to-do uncle to adopt him.

  • Ted wanted to possess expensive things and women.

At the end of Ted’s high school year, his perceptions centered:




  • On not knowing what made things tick.

  • On lacking any knowledge of social interactions.

  • Not having any feelings for people. No idea of love or caring for other people.

  • Not comprehending people as fellow creatures.

  • Living in a world of objects rather than people. Objects were things to be used or discarded.

  • Lacking any sense of a conscience. No idea of right from wrong.

  • Mimicking emotions rather than feeling them allowed Ted to function among people.

Ted’s first real attempt in having a relationship with a woman sets the stage for his serial killing future.




  • Enrolled in the University of Washington and met Leslie Holland. A young, wealthy, and attractive coed.

  • He followed her around like a puppy. They dated for a year.

  • He thought he loved her. Rather, he loved the things in her life that filled his own wants and needs. Her sophistication, her perfect style, her money.

Leslie breaks up with Ted:



  • Ted is devastated, grades suffer, and leaves school.

  • He takes a cross-country trip for a year. Returns and mounts an obsessive campaign to win Leslie back.

  • Polished his manners, cleaned up his appearance, and politics was his new game.

  • Climbed up the Republican Party ladder but realized he couldn’t make a living from it (1969-1973).

  • Enrolled in law school and had many romances. All were a practice run to win Leslie back.

  • His romances were filled with lies and he became an effective actor to attract women.

  • His preparation paid off:

      • He dazzled Leslie with the “New Ted” and eventually both were engaged.




  • Six month’s later Ted drops Leslie. He wanted to prove to himself he could marry her.

Meanwhile the killing begins:




  • While in law school and before his engagement to Leslie, he nearly kills, Maggie Reed, an 18 year old college student.

      • She is found in her apartment face up in bed, unconscious, with a metal rod from her bed frame rammed into her vagina.

      • Viciously beaten, blood and viscera flowed and collected around her on the mattress.

      • Months in a coma and survived without any recollection of the attack.

One month later:




  • Ted kills Lynda Ann Healy and three more women in and around the University of Washington’s college town.

  • All victims look like Leslie Howard.

  • Started killing at night. Remained normal during the day.

  • Six months later (by summer), Ted was killing during the day.

  • Murdered women for the next four years in four different states.

  • Ted was caught in Utah at 3 A.M. on a traffic violation. Escaped two times. February 18, 1978.

  • Tried and electrocuted in Florida 7:06 A.M. Jan. 24, 1989, 2,000 volts, 10 minutes.

Jerome Brudos Case



  • Textbook escalation of deviant sexual activities and eventual murder.

  • Continued to refine his fantasy with the next victim.

  • Obsession with and improvement of details from one crime to the next.

Victims of choice:



  • Attracted to women who reminded him of his mother.

  • Jerome was not greatly sophisticated nor intelligent in his method of selection.

  • Content with victims of opportunity (unplanned happenings).

  • Obsession with detail took over his life.

Jerome’s Social Life:



  • Jerome was married. His wife’s name was Darcie.

  • She had no idea of his killing spree.

  • He would make her dress in pornographic clothing and submit her to a photographic ritual.

  • He had fantasies of a torture chamber but settled for his garage. She would be subjected to sadistic and tortuous sexual rituals in the garage.

  • Jerome would hide body parts of his victims in the meat freezer located in his garage. When Darcie cooked meat for dinner, she would have to ask Jerome to get a particular meat from the freezer. Jerome had the key to the freezer and wouldn’t let her use the freezer. She never thought this was odd, just an inconvenience.

Jerome’s sexual fetish history and transformation to killing:



  • As a small child, Jerome would steel women’s shoes. Steal his sister’s clothing.

  • Steal panties from clotheslines as an adult.

  • Stalk women wearing high heels.

  • Breaks into neighboring empty houses of women. Later confronts occupants getting bolder).

  • Wearing stolen women’s clothing is enough satisfaction early on.

  • More of a kick is needed. Asks girls to let him take pictures of them in sexual postures.

  • Avon lady refuses to undress for him. Jerome threatens her with a knife. She becomes hysterical. He ends up killing her. He wasn’t able to manage the situation.

  • He unexpectedly gets satisfaction from the killing.

  • Killing is not enough after a while. Mutilation of the corpse begins with the saving of body parts prolongs the original sexual sensation.

Jerome’s Childhood:




  • Jerome was a small child when he became fascinated by a pair of high heels he found in the junkyard. His mother reacted violently, physically punishing him and locking him in the closet for a couple of days.

  • Shoes were a forbidden fruit.

  • He would steal shoes from his teacher in her classroom. When she found out, she didn’t scold him. She was just curious to know why he had stolen her shoes. He was surprised by her reaction.

  • He began getting mixed messages from women about his behavior at an early age.





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