You Be the Judge The Ted Bundy Court Case Part 3

About the Ted Bundy case of murder, history of the trial. Read the facts and decide for yourself.


The Theodore Bundy Case (1979)

In speculating about Bundy's motive for the killings, it was observed that most of the victims bore some resemblance to a woman with whom he'd had a stormy, on-and-off relationship. She came from a wealthy California family, often paid for their dates, and was further ahead in college than he was. Bundy felt inferior to her in many ways and once admitted that they were "worlds apart." The killings began shortly after they broke up.

The evidence linking Bundy to the murder of Caryn Campbell was largely circumstantial: a ski brochure with a circle around the names of two lodges, one of them the Wildwood Inn, where Campbell was staying; and credit-card receipts that placed him in Aspen, Colo., at the time of the murder.

Likewise, credit-card receipts revealed that Bundy had spent the night previous to the murder of Kimberly Leach at a Holiday Inn in Lake City, Fla. Also, a stolen van he was driving at the time contained leaves and soil that matched samples taken at the girl's burial site. In addition, bloodstains found in the van matched the dead girl's blood type.

On Feb. 8, 1978, a 14-year-old Jacksonville girl was accosted by a man in a white van, who retreated when the girl's brother approached. The suspicious youngsters had copied down the van's license number, and that plate was found in the Volkswagen Bundy was driving when he was arrested in Pensacola.

In the Chi Omega case, the strongest piece of evidence was the imprint of human teeth on Lisa Levy's body. The marks were made by someone who had very crooked teeth, similar to Bundy's. Also, a hair found in a panty-hose mask left by Cheryl Thomas's assailant was indistinguishable from Bundy's.

The Defense's Points: Unlike fingerprints, bite marks cannot be considered hard evidence. Nor could the hair in the panty-house mask be so considered, for although it was indistinguishable from Bundy's hair, it was also indistinguishable from the hair of four policemen and medical technicians who arrived at the scene after Thomas was attacked.

Analysis of a semen stain on Thomas's bed sheet and a piece of chewing gum in Levy's hair showed that their attacker was a "nonsecretor"--one whose bodily secretions do not reveal his blood type. Bundy, however, was shown to be a secretor.

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