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How Forensics Solved the Case: Ted Bundy

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Skylynd Hyatt

on 18 April 2015

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Transcript of How Forensics Solved the Case: Ted Bundy

How Forensics Solved the Case: Ted Bundy
Getting to know Ted Bundy
Timeline of Events
Catching Ted Bundy
Bundy was responsible for an estimated of 30-plus crimes before he was arrested in 1975. However, there was very little physical evidence to connect him to the crimes. It wasn't until after Bundy escaped prison and killed three more people, that physical evidence was obtained which then led to his conviction.

When Bundy escaped and fled to Florida, he killed Lisa Levy, Margaret Bowman, and 12 year old Kimberly Leach. Unfortunately for Bundy, he left a very distinctive bite mark of Lisa Levy's buttocks (which is an individual characterisitc). Using scientific method and crime scene reconstruction, forensics were able to match the bite mark on the victim to Bundy's crooked teeth. "10 Famous Criminal Cases Cracked by Forensics"

According the Locard's Exchange Principle, "Whenever 2 objects come into contact with eachother, a transfer of material will occur. Therefore, evidence can be used to associate people, places, and objects." (Durham, slide 3) Well in the case of 12 year old, Kimberly Leach, fibers from her clothing were also found in Ted Bundy's car leading to his conviction and death sentence.

Audio of Ted Bundy
Here is a mutlimedia clip of Ted Bundy, showing the media coverage on him in the courtroom.
Works Cited
"BUNDY." Pinterest. Web. 14 Apr. 2015.

Durham, Lyndsay. (2015). "Umm, You've got a piece of fuzz on your..."(Slides 3-17).

"Ted Bundy." Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 14 Apr. 2015.

"Ted Bundy; Court Footage {part one}." YouTube. Web. 14 Apr. 2015.

"Ted Bundy's Interview with Dr. Dobson." YouTube. Web. 14 Apr. 2015.

"The Predator: Ted Bundy." The Predator: Ted Bundy. Web. 14 Apr. 2015.

"10 Famous Criminal Cases Cracked by Forensics." Criminal Justice. Web. 14 Apr. 2015.

Theodore Robert Cowell

Born: November 24th, 1946 in Burlington, Vermont

Died: January 24th, 1989 in Florida State Prison executed by electrocution

Spouse: Carole Ann Boone (1979-1986)

Victims: 30-36+ (The exact number will never be known)

States of Killings: Washington, Utah, Florida, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, California

Ted Bundy was a charming serial killer who started his rampage after a devastating break up with his college girlfriend (many of his later victims resembled her).

"Ted Bundy Biography"
Fall, 1968
Ted's college girlfriend breaks up with him sparking his killing rampage.
January 5th, 1974
Bundy attacks his first victims, Joni Lenz, in
her Seattle apartment. (Lenz survives)
August 16th, 1975
Arrested for possession of burglary tools
during a traffic stop in Salt Lake City. The
incident eventually results in an arrest in the
attack of Carol DeRonch.
March 1st 1976
Found guilty of aggravated
kidnapping in the DeRonch
June 30th, 1976
Sentenced 1-15 years
in prison.
December 30th, 1977
Escapes from Garfield County Jail
in Colorado and flees to Tallahassee, Florida.
January 14th, 1978
Attacks several women at the Chi Omega Sorority house in Tallahassee, killing Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman
July 23rd, 1979
Found guilty for the murders of Levy and Bowman
January 24th, 1989
Executed in the electric chair at 7:16 am
"Predator Timeline"
Here is a recorded interview with Ted Bundy, where he seems to put the blame on pornography for his deranged actions
Here is a case photo showing the similarities between the bite mark left on Lisa Levy's buttocks, and Ted Bundy's teeth.
Here is another case photo of the inside of Ted Bundy's car where the fibers from Kimberly Leach's clothing were found. As you can see the passenger seat has been removed to transport his victims more easily.
Ted Bundy getting his teeth impressioned for reconstruction of the bite mark
Case photo taken of all the burglary tools found in Ted Bundy's car leading to the cause of his first arrest.
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