The Phychodynamic Theory Of Ted Bundy And The Florida Serial Killer

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Ted Bundy was a notorious Florida Serial Killer, convicted of murdering and raping thirty women and girls, and suspected of having more than twenty other victims. After being convicted on July 31st, 1979 of these heinous crimes Bundy was sentenced to death and spent ten years in a Florida penitentiary until he finally faced the electric chair and his sentence was carried out. What kind of background did Ted Bundy have, and what insight might we glean from this? What criminological theories could even begin to explain the reasons behind such heinous crimes? What role, if any, did the seduction of crime have on Ted Bundy’s choice to carry out his killings? Perhaps more is unknown than is known, however, the evidence is clear: Bundy was a born…show more content…
Arguably, these theories are the individual vulnerability model and the psychodynamic theory. According to Siegel, the individual vulnerability model postulates that there is “a direct link between traits and crime: some people develop physical or mental conditions at birth, or soon thereafter, that affect their social functioning no matter where they live or how they are raised” (Siegel, 2016). Perhaps the component of this theory which deserves the greatest emphasis is the contention that the matter of environment and how a criminal is raised truly has no bearing on their propensity to actually commit criminal acts. As discussed herein, Ted Bundy’s environment and upbringing is described as perhaps among the best one could expect. Ted Bundy was socialized to embrace Christian values (and it should be noted biblical principles are completely adverse to murder, one of the ten commandments being “thou shalt not kill”), had parents which were more than decent, and had many friends all of which behaved in a socially acceptable manner. Further, to reiterate, Ted Bundy was seen as a “well-rounded” or “normal” individual, no one had even the slightest clue he could be capable of such deviance. Despite the fact he claims the influence of media violence was in fact the cause behind his…show more content…
Bundy himself described violent pornography as an addiction, one that led him to act out criminally merely for the “thrill” of the crime, as opposed to for any kind of instrumental gain. Katz’s article “The Seductions of Crime” describes similar motivators of criminal activity. In the article, Katz notes that John Allen chose to engage in “stickup” crimes merely for the “thrill” of it, despite the fact stickup crime was more dangerous and less rewarding than other kinds of criminal activity (Frank, 1989). Additionally, Katz notes that rational choice was not a significant element in crime, being that burglary and robbery are risky and relatively unrewarding (Frank, 1989). Despite this, Allen was jailed many times, even shot and crippled, and still committed one more robbery (Frank, 1989). Based on this information Katz makes the claim that senseless crimes can exert strong sensual attraction, though crime can make sense still from a materialistic standpoint (Frank, 1989). In the case of Ted Bundy, his crimes ostensibly were senseless and without reward, however, through violent pornography it is clear he was seduced into committing the violence he perpetrated, and that his materialistic reward, though not monetary, was merely the thrill of perpetrating his violent fantasies upon others. In this manner, the “Seductions of

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