Posts tagged ‘The Phantom Prince’

November 4, 2013

“I want to master life and death.”

This is one of many overused examples of a Ted quote. Quite offensively taken out of context, which is usually the case.

“I am not sure I have the courage for that yet. My instinct to survive is strong, although that instinct seems so pathetic and pointless right now. What for? Who for? I bring pain to you, I bring pain to others who care for me and I bring pain to myself. It is time to rethink this awful experience because the stimulus of standing alone in the face of great odds is not satisfying anymore. It is time to re-evaluate the value of living without being alive….The crazy flow of things seem to have stopped. I want to look around me now. I want to master life and death.”

Kendall, Elizabeth. The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy. Seattle: Madrona, 1981. Print.

November 3, 2013

The Phantom Prince [ the aborted child ]

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“Both of us knew it would be impossible to have a baby now. He was going to start law school in the fall, and I needed to be able to work to put him through. I was distraught. I knew I was going to terminate the pregnancy as soon as I could. Ted, on the other hand, was pleased with himself. He had fathered a baby. I didn’t want to hear about it. I didn’t want to think about what I was going to do. I wanted to sleep most of the time, while Ted did most of the cooking and looked after Tina.

As soon as a doctor confirmed what we already knew, I made an appointment for an abortion, which had just been legalized in Washington State. It was awful. Ted took me home and put me to bed. He lay down beside me and talked about the day when I wouldn’t have to work and we would have lots of kids. He fixed me food which I couldn’t eat and did all he could to comfort me. Within a few days I was feeling better and determined never to think of it again.

When the University of Utah Law School sent Ted an acceptance letter, he was ecstatic. Feeling sure that this was only the beginning of his acceptances, he wrote and declined the offer. Then five rejections arrived in a row. Now Ted cried and it was my turn to offer comfort. It took him a couple of weeks to get back on his feet, but he decided that a year’s worth of work experience would look good on his record, and he would just have to reapply next year.”

Kendall, Elizabeth. The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy. Seattle: Madrona, 1981. Print.

May 31, 2013

The Phantom Prince [ the illegitimacy ]

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Not long after we started spending time together, he came over one night and said he had something very important to tell me, something that might change my opinion of him. Shaking with nervousness, he told me that he was illegitimate. His mother gave birth to him in a home for unwed mothers in the East, he said, and they moved to Tacoma to live with relatives when he was very small. Then she married Johnnie Bundy and had four more children. Johnnie Bundy had adopted him, but Ted knew nothing about it until he was a teenager..“She never even had the decency to tell me herself,” he said bitterly.

“It’s not important anymore. What’s important is that you’ve got a lot going for you. I love you because you’re wonderful.”

Ted put his head in his hands and cried.

Kendall, Elizabeth. The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy. Seattle: Madrona, 1981. Print.