The Ted Bundy Case and Forensic Science

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Forensic Science and Murder: The Ted Bundy Case
Sheila Hawkins
Criminalistics

Abstract
Forensic science is the foundational element of all crime investigation procedures. Recent advances in forensic technologies make possible to resolve even the most challenging crimes. This paper tells a story of Ted Bundy, a serial killer, whose case was solved with the help of forensic science. Implications and possible changes in case investigation are proposed. Keywords: forensic science, Ted Bundy, serial killer, case, solve.

The Ted Bundy Case Forensic science is at the heart of all crime investigation procedures. Recent advances in forensic science make possible to solve even the most challenging cases. The contribution of forensic science to crime investigation is difficult to overestimate: according to Ribaux, Walsh and Margot (2006), forensic science facilitates accreditation, standardization, and interpretation of forensic evidence and ensures the scientific efficiency and objectivity of crime data. The case of Ted Bundy, a serial killer, is no exception: it is with the help of forensic science that the crimes committed by Ted Bundy were solved. The story of Ted Bundy is believed to have started between 1973 and 1974, when he committed his first murders. In just two years, Bundy managed to kill almost two dozens of girls (Ramsland, n.d.). Victims’ age ranged from 12 to 20; some of them were reported to be missing, whereas others vanished from their rooms, leaving mattresses and clothes drenched in blood (Ramsland, n.d.). They were later found in remote places, such as forests and wooded hillsides. Bundy was extremely creative in his murders: he never left fingerprints, and other crime data were mostly inconclusive. The situation changed in 1978, when Bundy committed a double crime in one of the rooms in the Chi Omega sorority house at…...

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