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This community is obviously dead..but maybe some people will still watch it on their friend pages. I was glad to find a community that may possibly understand my fascination with Ted Bundy. My senior year of high school I took a Forensics class. One of our assignments was to read a true crime novel and then at the end of the class do a powerpoint presentation on it. My mother pointed me towards "The Stranger Beside Me" by Ann Rule. She had read it years before, because she had a deep interest for Bundy as well. Hers started when she attented Florida State University a few years after Ted was there. Anyway, I fell in love. Not with Ted himself, but the story. I don't know how to explain what it is. I have no sexual desire for him, and I fully feel disgusted by what he did to all of those women...but still, I am deeply enthralled by Ted and his history. Any chance I get to do research on him, or discuss him with others, I will.

One such occasion was a few months ago, but it didn't turn out like I wanted it to. For each of my college classes we use a website called Blackboard to check our grades, read the syllabus, etc. Each teacher also has a mini-biography. I was reading up on Jim Adams, my professor for Intro to Mass Communitcation, and read that he was from Tacoma, Washington. Of course I immediately think...Ted Bundy! haha. He seemed around the age Ted would be if he were alive today. After our first day of class I went down to talk to the teacher and I asked him when he grew up in Tacoma. He told me that he went to high school with Ted, that Ted graduated a year before him and that he was seemingly a normal guy. And that was it. I was SO close to someone who had actually MET Ted..and he didn't even want to talk about him! It made me sad :(

One more question is does anyone else wonder what ever happened to Ted's daughter? I'm sure she probably hides her identity, could you imagine your father being one of the most prolific serial killers of the 20th century? That has to be something hard to live with...I hope someone still checks this community every once in awhile and will reply!
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Date:July 28th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Hey! obviously i understand your fascination as well otherwise i wouldnt have joined- anyways i think its awesome you got to do a presentation on Stranger Beside me! Thats one of my favorite true crime books, Ann Rule is one lucky writer- the scoop of a lifetime if there was any!
You should try sending this prof an email or something maybe he has more information? i'm not sure if youre familiar with Paul Bernardo the Scarborough rapist, he's well known up here in canada. Anyways i talked to my psychology prof one day after she kept mentioning Bernardo in her lecture, and she told me about during the time he was being arrested, the police contacted her friend telling her that they found her wallet in Bernardo's house. pretty creepy!
Are you going into psychology or forensics?

I'm also surprised there isnt a good movie based on Bundy, they're all shit !
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Date:July 28th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of Bernardo but that is pretty scary!! I'm actually going into Print Journalism, right now my minor is French, and I love it, but I'm thinking about changing it to Criminal Justice, or maybe double minoring. I really want to write about true crime for a newspaper or magazine, and write true crime novels on the side. And I completely agree about the Bundy movies...they really do all suck!
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Date:July 28th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
ps. i really appreciate your reply, and i'm always looking for new friends with similar interests. add?
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Date:July 28th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah for sure!
I'm surprised you havent heard of Paul and Karla- look them up! pretty crazy stuff.
Yeah if i could go into a different direction i'd do psychology or criminal justice, but it'll always be an interest for me.
Date:August 3rd, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Hi Scarlett,

I can understand your fascination too. Did you see thecobraman in this community? He worked in Raiford when Ted was there!
It seems that everybody wants to know what happened to his kid. Even Ann Rule does not seem to know that!
See You!

Date:September 1st, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
I have been fascinated by him for years too. I've read that book but it doesn't say what happened to his daughter. I'm sure she hides her identity like you said yourself :o
Date:October 18th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)

Scarlett Hi Ardmore, Alabama here

I found my first info on Ted at a yard sale.... a paperback book. I got into the book and was wondering why I was going to bed at night with the light on.
Truly interesting. And...........back in 72 bought a new orange VW and guess how I wore my hair? Yes ! Long and parted in the middle. Ted and I would have gotten along fine...........for a while I guess. Sad to say I would have fallen 4 his approach. He was cute, wasn't he ! ? ! ?
So I began back in the late 80's collecting all the Bundy books I could find. The Stranger Beside Me has been updated at least once that I know of.
I have watched all the movies and bios about him on TV.
Would like to hear from u and discuss him if u would like.
Are u the lady on here that lives in a small town in Alabama? Where are u located?
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From:Michelle Hayton
Date:December 4th, 2013 02:28 am (UTC)
I am completely fascinated by Ted Bundy. It is that combination of being so handsome and charismatic and yet being capable of committing terrible acts of violence and rape. I have not read any books on him yet but have seen every documentary made about him as well as reading many psychological assessments as well. He is a fascinating study in criminal psychology and a high-functioning psychopath. Not only was he breathtakingly handsome, he also had a way with words. Some of the things he said where downright poetic! I am reminded of a line from Shakespeare, "Oh serpent heart, hid with a flowering face!" also "oh that deceit could dwell in such a gorgeous palace!"
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