Ted Bundy Could Solve Cold Cases With DNA

Serial killer Ted Bundy is dead, but his DNA could lead to solving some cold cases as his profile was uploaded to the national CODIS (Combined DNA Index system) database today.

Bundy was a serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered many young women between 1974 and 1978. After more than a decade of denials he confessed to 30 homicides shortly before his execution. The true total remains unknown, and could be much higher in the hundreds even.

“We have been trying to get a complete profile since early 2000, but we have never been successful, until now,” said David Coffman, Chief of Forensic Services for the Tallahassee Regional Crime Lab.

Initially charged in Utah in 1975 and convicted of aggravated kidnapping and attempted criminal assault, Bundy became linked to a progressively longer list of unsolved homicides in six states. Facing murder charges in Colorado, he engineered two dramatic escapes, and committed at least three additional murders and several other violent assaults in Florida before his ultimate recapture in 1977. He received three death sentences in two separate trials for the three known Florida homicides.

Biographer Ann Rule described him as “… a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human’s pain and the control he had over his victims, to the point of death, and even after.” He once called himself “… the most cold-blooded son of a bitch you’ll ever meet.” FBI profiler Robert K. Ressler agreed. “This guy was an animal,” he wrote, “and it amazed me that the media seemed unable to understand that.”

By: Pat Prescott
Published: Aug 5, 2021
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