ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

The story of serial killer Ted Bundy has never been properly told in either documentary or fiction. The 2002 biopic, Bundy, made a valiant attempt, but failed to deliver the full horror of a man who killed over 30 people.

However, a firsthand account of Bundy's execution is another story. The LA Times provided such an account January 24, 1989, sending journalist Barry Bearak to witness Bundy's death by electric chair in Bradford County, Florida:

Gone was the storied cockiness. He was ashen as two guards led him into the death chamber. They strapped his chest and arms and legs against the shiny wooden chair.

Bundy's blue eyes searched the faces behind the glass. He nodded to some of the 42 witnesses, including the men who had prosecuted him. His lips bounced with a faint mumble.

Then his head bowed. The shaved skull glistened where an ointment had been applied. It would facilitate the work of the electrodes.

Prison Supt. Tom Barton asked Bundy if he had any last words. The killer hesitated. His voice quavered. "Jim and Fred, I'd like you to give my love to my family and friends," he said.

With that, it was time. The last thick strap was pulled across Bundy's mouth and chin. The metal skullcap was bolted in place, its heavy black veil falling in front of the condemned man's face.

Barton gave the go-ahead. An anonymous executioner pushed the button. Two thousand volts surged through the wires. Bundy's body tensed and his hands tightened into a clench.

A minute later, the machine was shut down, and the body went limp. A paramedic unbuttoned Bundy's blue shirt and listened for a heartbeat. A doctor aimed a light into his eyes.

At 7:16 a.m., Theodore Robert Bundy -- one of the worst serial killers of all time -- was pronounced dead.

Across the street, along the dewy grass of a cow pasture, word spread among the 500 or so who had come to be near -- and almost all to cheer -- the death work.

Some began chanting, "Burn, Bundy, burn!" Others sang or hugged one another or banged on frying pans. Fireworks kicked into the sky.

Source: LA Times


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