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Hi there, my name's Ted. Nice to meet ya.
~ Ted Bundy's first lines.

Ted Bundy (real name: Theodore Robert Cowell) is the titular protagonist villain of the 2002 film with the same name. He is based on the real-life serial killer and necrophiliac of the same name, who murdered more than one hundred women in three states.

He was portrayed by Michael Reilly Burke.


In 1974, Seattle, law student Theodore Robert Cowell (who is called "Ted") is friendly and charming, with the beginnings of a bright future in politics. Beneath that attractive surface, however, he is a violent sociopath with a savage hatred of women, especially those who remind him of his first girlfriend, who broke up with him.

One night, he found a beautiful woman at a dance club and asked her to dance with him. She initially refused, but Ted managed to convince her. They danced for a bit before she had to go, and Ted discreetly stalked her to her house. He watched the woman through her window while masturbating, but one of her neighbors threw cold water on him and chased him off.

In 1974, Ted committed his first known murder, although it is likely that he had killed before then. From this point, Ted started to disguise himself as a police officer or faking an injury, to lure young women inside of his car. Then Ted would knock the women with a crowbar, tie them up, and go to an anonymous location where he would rape and murder them.

A year later, Tina Gabler, one of Ted's victims, escaped his car, by throwing herself out. Later that night, Ted got stopped by the police and got arrested. The police found in Ted's car a pantyhose mask, hand saw, crowbar, knives, ropes, and handcuffs. Ted was visited by his girlfriend, Lee, in jail; he told her that a lot of charges were being made against him, for his murders, but stresses the fact that there is no proof and that he will never be convicted. Lee realized that Ted was guilty, and severed all contact with him.

Ted then planned an escape from the courthouse library. When the guard who was watching him went to go out for a cigarette, Ted used the opportunity to escape through the window and down on the street below; nobody saw him leaving the premises. However, his freedom was short lived, as a police officer spotted him attempting to steal a car from a small town. He managed to escape months later, and traveled to Florida, where he went under the alias of Chris Hagen and rented a room in an old couple's home.

A short time later, Ted broke into a nearby sorority and brutally murdered the four young women who lived there. The next day, he kidnapped, raped, and murdered a 12-year-old girl. He was apprehended later that night after being pulled over for speeding. He stood trial for the murders, and was found guilty and sentenced to die in the electric chair. He was still able to charm many women into protesting his innocence, and even manipulates on of them into marrying him in prison.

Ten years later, Ted ran out of appeals, and a date was set for his execution. The night of his execution, Ted had to be dragged out of his cell, and made a brief statement before he was electrocuted - ironically, by a female executioner.





  • Ted Bundy is one of three serial killers to have a film based on their crimes released in the same year (2002). The other two are Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy.
  • All three killers were portrayed in the South Park episode "Hell on Earth 2006" as a parody of the Three Stooges.
  • The victims of this depiction of Ted Bundy were either renamed or combined into one character, possibly to avoid legal action from the families of the real-life victims.
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