Bundy went through two trials--one in Utah (1976), brought about as a kidnapping charge on a young woman named Carol DaRonch, which was supposed to put him away from one to 15 years, and the second in Florida (1979) for the Chi Omega and Kim Leach murders. The second one found him guilty on all counts of murder, sentencing him to die in the electric chair.

 

Several interesting things occurred in the second trial. Bundy, once an aspiring lawyer, actually attempted to represent himself at one point, acting as defendant, defense attorney, and witness to the defense at the same time. Yet the judge and jury were not convinced especially after viewing damaging photographs of the bodies and also due to incriminating evidence of Bundy's teeth matching bite marks on one of the victims. Bundy also constantly argued with the judge over special favors and legal motions, further alienating the court. Not only the judge and jury, but also the press with their television cameras rolling witnessed Bundy at one point enraged: while trying to leave the courtroom without permission, he was surrounded by police officers. Spinning out of control, he shouted, "You know how far you can push me!" This side of Bundy had never been shown, but the damage had now been done. The jury took seven hours to decide that he was guilty.

 

Yet Bundy was not swayed in his fight for freedom as he knew that the legal system is slow, delayed by appeals and red tape.

 

The confessions to his crimes came in the ten years he had to live.

 

As his execution date came nearer and nearer, Bundy never displayed any remorse for his crimes--instead he felt sorry for himself. On the day before his execution, he videotaped a segment with Dr. James Dobson, an evangelist. The show was broadcast on network television the night before Bundy's death. In the interview, Bundy blamed pornography for influencing him to such a murderous degree.

 

On the morning of January 24, 1989, Bundy left his last meal--a tray of eggs, steak, hash browns, and coffee--untouched. At around 7 AM, he was led to the electric chair, appearing weak and tired. His last words were, "I'd like you to give my love to my family and friends."

 

At 7:06 AM, a current of 2,000 volts of electricity surged through his body for ten minutes. At 7:16 AM, he was pronounced dead.

 

Bundy's body was led away from the prison in a hearse through a crowd of over a thousand cheering death penalty supporters. Many of them carried signs such as "Bundy BBQ" and "Fry-day."

      What follows below are some photographs of the trial and an optional link to a      picture of Bundy's body after the execution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bundy appearing jovial during a session in court.

 

 

 

 

 

Studying orthodontal charts at his 1979 trial. These are the charts that would help to convict him for the Chi Omega murders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bundy joking with reporters outside the courtroom during the 1979 trial. Probably one of the most charismatic serial killers of our time, Bundy loved being in the limelight of the media which gave him somewhat of a celebrity status. Overly charming, and handsome, he was often characterized as the "all-American" male whom many people (including young women) gravitated toward.

 

Bundy appearing slightly concerned during the 1979 trial jury selection. The jury was composed of many people who opposed the death penalty, a maneuver on the side of the defense. Despite this maneuver, however, the jury, of course, elected to convict Bundy to die in the electric chair. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bundy was well-equipped with a sense of humor as he is here shown applauding a joke in court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accepting the jury's recommendation that he be sentenced to death for his Chi Omega murder spree. Bundy would have until 1989 to forge ahead with appeals before his execution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The electric chair which carried out the state's decision that Bundy should die. On January 24, 1989 at 7:06 AM, he did. Witnesses to the execution say that he looked weak and scared as he was being led to sit in the chair. Others report that the hooded executioner sported long, curly eyelashes visible through the eyeholes, indicating that, perhaps, Bundy's executioner was a woman.

 

 

 

 

The hearse after the execution passing through crowds of cheering demonstrators outside the prison.

 Bundy's corpse after the execution.

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