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.

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