Archive for ‘Myths’

April 8, 2015

Lloyd Marshall and searching for the truth about Ted Bundys biological father

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Eleanor Louise Cowell was 22 when she gave birth to Ted. She was not married. She relayed a story to her relatives that she had been seduced by a war veteran named Jack Worthington, and that he was the father to her unborn child. There is no evidence to support this. It is just a story. I have read two different stories about what his original birth certificate said under FATHER. One is that it simply stated UNKNOWN. Another is that it stated a man by the name of Lloyd Marshall (a Penn State Grad, Air Force Veteran, born in 1916) was the father. After researching this subject, it has become clear to me that either Louise didn’t know herself or she knew and was covering for someone. She had premarital sex and got herself pregnant. Back in those days that was a very unfavorable thing to do. She would have spun any story to her family to keep herself respectable. Some speculate that Ted was conceived out of a violent incestuous rape. No one knows for sure. No one will ever know the truth because Louise Bundy took it with her to her grave. After Louise married Johnnie Bundy, Ted was given his last name and a new birth certificate was procured for him which listed Johnnie Bundy as his father, so I am guessing by the evidence I have found.

Now on to the issue at hand. At some point someone decided to do a Google image search for Lloyd Marshall, hoping to find a photograph of the man claimed to be Ted Bundy’s biological father. What they found was an image marked WILLIAM LLOYD MARSHALL. When I initially saw this photo, it had been cropped to remove the WILLIAM. I did a search for WILLIAM LLOYD MARSHALL and in about five minutes I was able to locate the source of the original photo. This man would have been 43 years old at the time of Ted Bundy’s birth. According to stories about the phantom Lloyd Marshall, he would have been 30 years old when he got Louise pregnant. That’s a 13 year age difference. So not only is the name wrong, so is the age.

However, let me entertain the idea that this is in fact the same Lloyd Marshall Louise claimed got her pregnant. According to his great-niece, William was referred to as “Lloyd George” by his mother. A lot of children are addressed by their middle name growing up and as adults these children continue to use the same name. She also goes on to say that; “He was married twice, which his family didn’t take kindly to and there’s something about a child in his history that another family member raised. I believe he didn’t hold a job too long and borrowed money on a regular basis before he moved away. Needless to say he was a black sheep.” Now if that doesn’t scream TED BUNDY, I don’t know what does.

Sources:
http://www.genealogycircle.com/2014/02/24/3292/
http://www.genealogycircle.com/2012/07/23/crackerjack-and-not-the-candy-coated-popcorn-peanuts-and-a-prize/
The Only Living Witness, Aynesworth/Michaud
The Stranger Beside Me, Ann Rule

December 20, 2013

Ted Bundy, myths (Part 2)

ted Bundy carved his name into a courtroom table during the Kimberly Leach trial in Orlando
False. Well, it is most likely false. There is no proof either way. This is an extremely eye opening article which will no doubt debunk the belief that whoever carved Ted’s name into that table was the real Ted Bundy.

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Visitors to the Orange County Regional History Center have no doubt noticed the massive wooden table in the restored courtroom on the third floor. Protected beneath a sheet of plexiglass on one corner is Bundy’s name, supposedly carved by the killer while he was being tried in 1980 for the murder of Lake City middle-schooler Kimberly Leach.

It’s a compelling story—and most likely urban myth.

First, Bundy wasn’t tried in that building—which was the original courthouse, built in 1927—but rather in the adjoining courthouse annex (an ugly turquoise building since razed). But could that table have been in the annex at one time? Not likely, says Tana Porter, the history center’s former research librarian: Photos from newspaper clippings show that the modern style of furniture used in the annex was nothing like the early-20th century heavy wooden table that bears the carving.

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Another argument against the theory of Bundy-as-woodcarver comes from one of the men who defended him: then-public defender Lynn Thompson. Now in private practice in Crawfordville, south of Tallahassee, Thompson says he doesn’t recall he or Bundy ever being in the old building, even for an arraignment. And besides, “I sat beside him pretty much the whole time, and I think I would have noticed if he was scratching something on the dadgum desk.’’ Security at the courtroom was tight: Bundy, who was eventually linked to the deaths of at least 30 young women and girls, had escaped from Colorado jails twice before, so he was being searched thoroughly and watched closely.

The carving was noticed only after the history center moved into the old courthouse in 2000. That’s because visitors started defacing it, recalls Mike Perkins, the museum’s curator of exhibits. Not knowing at the time whether the carving was genuine, the museum repaired the damage around the scrawled name, then installed the protective plexiglass “just in case,’’ Perkins says. “Because if it were the case, it’s not something we’d necessarily celebrate, but it would be a piece of history.’’ Today, when visitors ask about the carving, museum workers tell them “it’s very unlikely’’ that the scrawl was that of the infamous killer, Perkins says.

So if Bundy didn’t cut into the table, who did? It’s doubtful that workers who restored the courtroom would have been involved, since their main job was to preserve history. Perhaps a visitor, aware that Bundy was tried in the general vicinity, was trying to be funny. However, because the courtroom was still being used for lesser cases even after most proceedings moved to the annex, Perkins says his “gut guess’’ is that somebody on trial long after Bundy passed through decided to be clever and used something, perhaps a paper clip, to inscribe the name. And thereby carved his or her ignominious place in history.

Which would seem to settle it. Except for this: Shortly before his execution in 1989, Bundy confessed to having killed eight women in Utah, burying at least one of them in Sanpete County. That same year, Sanpete sheriff’s deputies scouring a 60-mile area for remains of possible victims reported finding 10 trees with Ted Bundy’s name carved into them.

“I feel many of them are copycats,’’ an investigator told reporters at the time. “But I think that one or more may have been
done by Bundy.’’

SOURCE: Questioned Mark
SOURCE: Halloween Fest 2001 & Horror Authors Extravaganza
SOURCE: Ted Bundy?

December 6, 2013

Ted Bundy myths

1. ted Bundy only killed attractive females with long dark hair parted in the middle.

False. Ted Bundy killed a variety of females. Even he has stated that this theory is ridiculous and that all of his victims were chosen based on circumstance and convenience. Also, it was the seventies. Most young girls wore their hair parted in the middle. It’s called a fad.

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2. ted Bundy was a genius.

False. Ted Bundy had an I.Q. of 124, which is just slightly above average. However, it doesn’t indicate anything other than he possessed the ability to graduate college. *He was an academic failure, most likely due to his mental illness. Had he been medicated and not so preoccupied with killing pretty ladies, he may have gone on to become a lawyer like he originally intended.

3. ted Bundy tortured animals as a child.

Undetermined. I’ve read a lot on Ted Bundy and admittedly not every word of every book I have (I have a really bad attention span and I hate to read), but I have never ever once read from a reliable source that Ted Bundy participated in any sort of animal cruelty. His grandfather was rumored to have been abusive towards animals. There is no evidence to suggest that Ted Bundy was ever abusive towards animals.

There is a book currently being sold to the general public written by a woman who has done everything in her power to discredit Bundy and point the finger of blame on him for the death of Ann Marie Burr. In this piece of biased tabloid trash the author claims a childhood acquaintance of Ted Bundy witnessed him inflicting cruelty on animals. This woman is totally and completely unreliable. Her and her brother were both victims of sexual abuse by their own father and they even suggest that their father also sexually abused Ted. Children who were victims of sexual abuse, especially their own parents, are often liars and manipulators. I refuse to believe anything this woman says about Ted Bundy. Also, she has no evidence to prove it and no one else ever came forward to concur her ridiculous accusation. She is also friends with the author of this book.

4. ted Bundy was mysterious.

False. I’ll never understand this fascination people have with serial killers and mass murderers. They enjoyed killing people the way I enjoy eating Oreo cookies. End of story.

5. ted Bundy was a nice guy.

False. He killed people!

Just kidding. He was a nice guy. That is no myth because anyone Ted ever came into contact with can testify that the Ted Bundy they met and knew was in fact one of the nicest people they had ever met.

*Alright, so he wasn’t a failure. I used that word to demonstrate the extremity of people’s perception of his intellect. He had potential but he was still just a sliver above average, if above average at all. If anything he was just surrounded by stupid people, which made him appear more intelligent.