Ted Bundy's Family Exposes CHILLING Secrets And MISSED Red Flags

By Lisa Pelgin | Monday, 24 June 2024 03:00 PM
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Image Credit : Photo by Beale, courtesy of The New Yorker

The kin of the notorious serial murderer, Ted Bundy, have recently unveiled the subtle yet chilling warning signs they overlooked as he was clandestinely slaughtering numerous women.

Bundy, who resided in Tacoma, Washington, during the 1970s, was perceived as a charming and 'normal' individual, adept at concealing his heinous acts, even when some of his victims were within his social circle.

According to the Daily Mail, Bundy's cousin, Edna Cowell Martin, now in her 70s, shared that during their younger years, the budding murderer appeared to be engrossed in graphic pulp fiction featuring damsels in distress. As they matured, she suspects that the attractive killer may have departed from a dinner party at her residence to commit murder, after she noticed him glaring ominously at her roommate.

In anticipation of her forthcoming book, 'Dark Tide: Growing up with Ted Bundy,' Martin delved into their shared childhood, providing a glimpse into the psyche of a burgeoning psychopath. Psychiatrists, analysts, and true crime enthusiasts have spent years examining Bundy's youth, striving to determine whether he was inherently evil or shaped into a monster.

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Martin confessed that her upbringing with Bundy in Tacoma, Washington, was predominantly 'normal,' and she nostalgically remembered him as an older-brother figure, being five years her senior. However, she recounted several instances that, in retrospect, may have been early indications of psychopathy, including his fascination with reading 'salacious detective novels.'

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She recalled that as a teenager, when spending time with her older brother John, he would be engrossed in books with 'compromising covers' featuring a damsel in distress, bound or otherwise helpless, with 'some guy looming over her.' She quoted her brother John saying, 'They were kind of young, and John thought that was really weird.'

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In his final years, when Bundy finally confessed to numerous crimes, he informed Utah investigators that he would bring women back to his apartment, 'where he could reenact scenarios depicted on the covers of detective magazines.'

After their adolescence in Tacoma, Martin resided in Arkansas for several years but became closer to Bundy when she returned home to attend the University of Washington. However, she recounted a chilling incident where she caught Bundy potentially sizing up her own roommate during what should have been an intimate moment.

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During a dinner with friends at her apartment, the group concluded the evening by dancing to vinyl records. Martin recalled returning to the room to find Bundy and her roommate Margie slow dancing to a romantic song. She noted, 'Margie had her head leaned against Ted's chest, and as they turned with the music, I got a direct view of Ted. I could see him looking down at her.'

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In her book, she described Bundy dancing with his 'jaw clenched tight, and his usually blue eyes appeared coal black,' seemingly in a trance. Following his arrest, investigators reported observing Bundy's eyes turn black and his pupils dilate when recounting his murder victims.

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Martin said, 'For a moment, I swear, I didn't recognize him at all. It wasn't Ted. His countenance was tense. Mean.' She added that after she snapped him out of it by calling his name, Bundy left abruptly. She confessed, 'I have no idea what might have occurred that night after he left my apartment. What he might have done.'

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Reflecting on the incident, Martin told DailyMail.com that she believes this was a moment when the 'mask slipped,' and 'it might have concerned him so much that he ran out the door.' This episode occurred only months before his first known murder in 1974 - local Washington ski reporter Lisa Ann Healy, whom Martin revealed she had even met.

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Several detectives, notably Robert Keppel who led the Washington State Police's investigation into Bundy, have suggested that Bundy had already murdered several women by this time, even before he was on the authorities' radar. This revelation shocked Martin as she realized her cousin was likely committing murders while socializing with her and her friends. She expressed disgust at how he 'was just too smooth, too comfortable doing what he did.'

Martin continued, 'Ted had two personas. He had the mask on when he was with his family and friends, and he put us in a completely different space to where he could appear quite normal.'

Like many of his family members, when Bundy was first arrested for kidnapping in 1975 - and suspected of being responsible for dozens of missing or murdered women in the area - Martin admitted she believed his cries of innocence. She met Bundy after he was bailed out following his first arrest in 1975 in Salt Lake City, and said she was easily reassured when he stressed that he wasn't responsible for the crimes.

She writes in her book, 'Call it confirmation bias. Call it familial immunity, but I believed him. Everything would be fine, I knew then. Just fine.'

By that time, Bundy's face was already plastered across newspapers linking him to missing women throughout the state, and Martin said it was his gleeful reception of this attention that sparked panic inside her. After picking him up from jail, Martin stopped in a bookstore, and said she emerged to find Bundy lapping up attention from members of the public who recognized him from his newfound infamy.

She wrote, 'Ted's arms were outstretched wide, a street-corner messiah, and he was slowly turning in a circle. From his smiling lips, he chanted over and over, projecting for all to hear: 'I'm Ted Bundy. I'm Ted Bundy. I'm Ted Bundy.'

She added, 'This is the image that probably haunts me most, the image that still, 50 years later, makes my heart rate surge.' Martin said seeing his appearance then reminded her of the jet-black eyes she had seen when he slow danced with her roommate, and told DailyMail.com that the glass shattering moment was 'devastating.'

She said, 'I had a hard time coming around, but when I finally realized that he for sure wasn't the cousin that I thought he was came when I was in the car alone with him' outside the bookstore. She added, 'Realizing he had done it was awful, it was sickening. It was not the Ted that I knew and loved, I felt betrayed and manipulated by him.'

This chilling account serves as a stark reminder of the dual nature of Bundy's persona and the horrifying reality that lurked beneath his charming facade. It underscores the importance of recognizing and addressing potential red flags, even when they appear in those closest to us.

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