Theodore Robert Cowell: Handsome AND Charismatic?

Ted Bundy: an American serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, burglar, AND necrophile. Could he possibly be anything more? Yes, he can. Ted Bundy may be one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, but he was more than that. What made Bundy stand out from the rest was his overall physical attractiveness that he used to his advantage to lure in young females.

Bundy started in his teenage years with petty crimes; often times stealing sporting equipment from local stores. During the 1970s, Bundy killed up to 30 (or maybe even more) young women and girls. He would use his good looks and charming personality to approach them in public. After killing them, Bundy would go back and perform sexual acts on the decomposing bodies. He decapitated 12 out of the 30 victims. Gruesomely, he would keep the decapitated heads in his apartment for long periods of time.

Bundy’s youngest victim was 12-year-old Kimberly Leach. He kidnapped her right outside of her school. He then raped and killed her, and disposed of her body in an abandoned pig pen.

After all of the sick things Bundy did, he was arrested for driving a stolen vehicle. The police eventually tied him back to some previous murder cases.

Over ten years later, in January of 1989, Bundy was executed via an electric chair. “I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends” were his last words. Even in his final moments, Bundy remained as charming as he was throughout his time of killings.

Considering the fact that Ted Bundy was such a famous killer, there are dozens of episodes of Criminal Minds where the killer’s mirror Bundy’s methods. However, the episode I want to discuss today is the very first episode ever created: Season One, Episode One “Extreme Aggressor”.

DISCLAIMER: If you have not yet seen this episode and hate spoilers, watch it before reading on!! (Although if you’re even a fan of Criminal Minds at all, you should have definitely seen this episode by now).

The series premiere kicks off with an unsub named Tim Vogel, also known as the “Seattle Strangler”. He worked as a prison guard, surrounding himself by killers on a daily basis. Eventually Vogel began killing too. He would find his victims online in various chat rooms, giving them something interesting to focus on. For example, he told his first victim he was selling a car. Then, he used his good looks and poise to lure in female victims. Vogel would rape and strangle these women. The more the victims struggled, the more he became aroused.

The BAU team eventually connected his killings to those of Ted Bundy, and it then became easier to find Vogel, and they could mirror Bundy and his ways. Vogel also committed his murders in the city of Seattle, where Bundy made his first two killings.

After tracking him down and exchanging multiple gun shots, Vogel was shot down and killed. Bundy was not killed until over a decade after he was initially caught. Although Vogel did not have nearly as many victims as Bundy did, it can be concluded that both of these men were very twisted, although still holding an undeniable charm about them.

She Eat Your Heart Out…Like Jeffrey Dahmer

When you think of the term cannibalism, what name comes to mind? Thousands of people would say that one name stands out in relation to eating another human being: Jeffrey Dahmer.

Ironically, I very recently made a trip to my grandmother’s house in Akron, Ohio. I am sure most of you know Akron as being home to the basketball legend: LeBron James. Not only did our “basketball God” grow up in Akron, but so did Jeffrey Dahmer.

Although Dahmer was born in Wisconsin, he spent most of his childhood in Akron. To the outside eye, Dahmer seemed to live a fairly normal life. As we later learned, this was not the case. Jeffrey became an alcoholic by his high school years and grew an odd fascination for dissecting animals. He started with capturing bugs and small birds that he would bring home to cut into. Creepy to think about, I know.

The bugs and birds soon turned into small animals, like cats or roadkill. He eventually became disinterested in small animals and committed his first murder in the year of 1978. He strangled a man named Steven Hicks to death, burying him with the rest of his animal victims.

After moving to Miami, Dahmer became obsessed with luring homosexual male victims into his home. There, he would strangle them and perform sexual acts on their decomposing bodies. Jeffrey would also consume various organs/parts of the body for his own pleasure.

He was eventually caught and sentenced to 957 years in prison with the charges of 15 murders (even though there were probably way more).

Yes, I know what you all were thinking: Dahmer. Was. A. Freak.

There have been countless episodes of Criminal Minds that have been based on or made reference to cannibalism. However, my personal favorite is Season 3, Episode 8: “Lucky”.

DISCLAIMER: if you have not yet seen this episode and hate spoilers, WATCH IT BEFORE READING ON!!

In this episode, a man named Floyd Feylinn Ferell abducted women and forced them to eat the fingers of his previous victims. The medical examiner who thoroughly studied the victim’s bodies, found fingers from at least TEN different people. Implying that Ferell murdered close to a dozen people previously.

Similar to Dahmer, Ferell would remove limbs from the victims and use the meat to make a variety of dishes for his own pleasure. He had a “recipe book” that was found after his arrest that had pages full of recipes that were made from human flesh. Like Dahmer, Ferell committed most of his killings in Florida. They also had a similar physical resemblance. Ferell was considered a Satanist, as most people also considered Dahmer to be as well. As satanic as Dahmer appeared to be, he never once mentioned any particular religion that he was a part of, he was just simply a terribly revolting excuse for a human being.