Everyone knows the name Ted Bundy. The notorious serial killer evokes disturbing images of victimized women and grisly police discoveries. His sheer number of victims aside, it was Bundy’s ability to captivate an audience that made him an especially terrifying killer. Take a trip inside Bundy’s twisted mind with 10 of his most ominous, gruesome, and manipulative confessions:
“I just said that the Hawkins girl’s head was severed and taken up the road about twenty-five to fifty yards and buried in a location about ten yards west of the road on a rocky hillside. Did you hear that?”
1) Just days before he was executed in 1989, Ted Bundy sat down for a lengthy interview with detective Robert D. Keppel. In this never-before-heard audio footage, Bundy confesses the chilling details of how he killed and dismembered Georgeann Hawkins. Hearing the words in Bundy’s actual voice makes the confession even creepier.
“We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow.”
2) In one of the most memorable Bundy quotes — and certainly one of the most terrifying — the killer exhibits his uncanny ability to combine drama and cold-heartedness into a single sentence.
“I don’t think anybody doubts whether I’ve done some bad things. The question is: What, of course, and how and, maybe even most importantly, why?”
3) The above quote also came from Bundy’s Death Row interview with Keppel. Even after his trial, Bundy kept trying to manipulate people into believing there was some intelligent motive behind his killing spree. Unfortunately, Bundy picked the wrong person to try to manipulate, because Keppel wasn’t buying it.
“When you work hard to do something right, you don’t want to forget it.”
4) Out of context, the above quote seems harmless. But nothing in the world of Ted Bundy is without a sickening backstory. Bundy delivered the above rationale when asked why he kept souvenirs, including body parts and Polaroids, from his victims.
“In my opinion, the best chance you have of catching this guy is to get a site with a fresh body and stake it out.”
5) While on Death Row, Ted Bundy helped the “Green River Killer” task force, namely detective Robert Keppel, understand the mind of a serial killer. This is Bundy’s creepy advice for how to find the notorious serial killer.
“I’m the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet.”
6) This might be one of the few times Bundy was honest during an interview. The murderer shared this self-assessment while being interrogated following his 1979 arrest in Pensacola, Florida.
“Tell the jury they’re wrong!”
7) Given his exemplary ability to manipulate, it’s difficult to tell if Bundy actually believes that he is innocent. Regardless of how Bundy felt, the jury felt little sympathy for the killer.
“I think I stand as much chance of dying in front of a firing squad or in a gas chamber as you do being killed on a plane flight home. Let’s hope you don’t.”
8) Given his good looks and ability to captivate an audience, Bundy was a media favorite. Bundy gave an interview in 1977 from the Pitkin County Prison in Colorado, employing a quote-worthy analogy to stress his innocence.
“I’ll tell you, as long as they attempt to keep their heads in the sand about me, there’s gonna be people turning up in canyons and there are gonna be people being shot in Salt Lake City. Because the police there aren’t willing to accept what I think they know, and they know that I didn’t do these things.”
9) After being arrested for the kidnapping of Carol DaRonch, Ted Bundy stressed that he was innocent. In an animated interview, Bundy attacked the police, claiming that there was a conspiracy against him, and that the true criminal was still terrorizing the Salt Lake City community.
“I have dreamed about flying over those fences. I have dreamed about climbing over those fences and tunneling under those fences.”
10) Again speaking to the media after his arrest for the kidnapping of Carol DaRonch, Bundy shared his desire to leave prison. Shortly after the interview, Bundy did escape and went on to kill again. His quote becomes a bleak reminder of his ability to manipulate everyone around him.