In the early morning hours of January 24, 1989, hundreds of people gathered outside the Florida State Prison to rejoice and chant the words, “Burn, Bundy, burn!” It was notorious serial killer Ted Bundy’s execution day, and plenty of others were tuned in to their televisions at home to watch his death (via ATI).
Bundy was a rapist and murderer who was active in the 1970s. One of the ways he lured his victims was by faking an injury and then asking women to help him carry items to his car. He would then attack the unsuspecting victim and kill her, per The Washington Post. His killing spree ended when he was apprehended by the police during a routine traffic stop, and that was after he had already escaped prison two times. Police found that Bundy was carrying a stolen driver’s license and his car also had stolen plates.
Ted Bundy's execution
Ted Bundy confessed to murdering 36 women, but investigators believe that he may have had more victims. In 1979, Bundy was sentenced to the death penalty twice for his crimes, and an additional death sentence was added the following year, according to Biography. Bundy attempted to appeal his case and even went as far as the U.S. Supreme Court, but he eventually exhausted all of his attempts.
According to reports, Bundy’s last night was spent praying and crying, per A&E. He sat down for an interview with a psychologist and also requested to speak with James Dobson, the founder of the Christian group Focus on the Family. Bundy also said his last goodbye to his mother via a telephone call.
On the morning of his execution, crowds gathered outside the prison to wait for Bundy to die. In the execution chamber, 42 witnesses came to watch. Bundy was secured on the electric chair at about 7 a.m. and was asked to say his last words. He said: “Jim and Fred, I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends,” referring to his attorney Jim Coleman and Methodist minister Fred Lawrence, per Thought Co. The electric chair sent 2,000 volts of electricity to Bundy’s body, and he was officially declared dead at 7:16 a.m.
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