Debunking Bundy Myths: Part 5

When anyone begins researching Ted Bundy one of the first things they’ll read about is how specific his victim type was. The general belief is that Ted specifically sought out young women with long, dark hair parted in the middle and that these girls were similar in stature. Just looking at photos of the girls can, in my opinion, quickly dispel some of these beliefs. However, I do believe Ted had a preference for long hair. Whenever his girlfriend Liz - who had long hair - told him she was thinking of cutting it he would become very upset. He even told Raelynne Shepard - the drama teacher at the high school Debra Kent was abducted from - that he liked long hair. As far as the middle part goes, I believe most of the victims had one because it was popular in the seventies. I don’t think that was a specific quality that Ted looked for. One definite similarity between Ted Bundy’s victims was their ages. They were all extremely young - between the ages of twelve and twenty-six. Another similarity was their kindness and innocence. Most of these young women died while offering the seemingly well-meaning Ted a helping hand. 

Now onto the differences. Not all of his victims were brunettes. Susan Rancourt, Janice Ott, Nancy Wilcox, Lisa Levy, and Kathy Parks all had blonde hair. In black and white photos hair colors can look similar when they are not, so can faces. This might be why many people think that the girls have similar features. Maybe some do, but the available photos of them make it so hard to tell. They weren’t all the same height either, with Laura Aime standing nearly six feet tall, Susan Rancourt and Donna Manson just five feet tall, and the other girls all in between. In Ann Rule’s book, The Stranger Beside Me, she states that all of his victims were abducted in the dark. Janice Ott, Denise Naslund, Lynette Culver, Denise Oliverson, and Kimberly Leach all disappeared during daylight hours.

Finally, I’d like to address the idea that Ted sought out victims who looked like his first girlfriend, Diane Edwards (pictured above), who broke up with Ted in 1968. This breakup caused him much pain which is why many think this event might have fueled his homicidal urges. I would agree with this theory if it weren’t for a few things. First of all, none of his victims really looked that much like Diane even in black and white photos, which I mentioned can cause people to look similar when they are not. Second, Ted himself said that most of his victims were just victims of circumstance and he chose them because he found them physically appealing. I know Ted lied almost constantly but I believe he was telling the truth when he said that. Even the victims that he may have spent more time with prior to abducting them (like Laura Aime) were at first randomly chosen because he found them attractive, not necessarily because they looked like Diane. It would have been pretty hard to go looking for people who looked like her in such large cities like Seattle, Salt Lake, Denver, and the surrounding areas. If he had done that I think his victim count would have been much lower. He was definitely extremely angry and hurt after the breakup, but I believe he would’ve gone on to kill even if he hadn’t known Diane.


Mark Rothko, Rothko in Black and White

Black white photos from the Guggenheim retrospective

No 10, 1950

Untitled (Black on Dark Maroon) 1964

Untitled (Brown, Green, Green-grey on Deep Brown) 1965

No 2, 1954

Untitled, 1940′s

While it can be popularly stated that Rothko is all about color, these striking and stark black and white photos of his color work from a 1970′s Guggenheim retrospective catalog, offer us a different look into Rothko’s use of light and shadow.

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For those unaware, Gimp is a free editing program that’s a great alternative to Photoshop for those who don’t have the money to purchase it, or for those who can’t or don’t want to download it illegally. Though it doesn’t have quite as many bells and whistles as its counterpart, it can still be used to create awesome stuff! As a Gimp user myself, I thought it might be helpful to share some of my favorite resources. Nothing here is mine, so be sure to like the original posts if you find them helpful!

Downloading Gimp

  • Official Site (dozens of easy to download versions available)
  • Lehmann Build (Mac only, extra plugins, also available on official site, my personal favorite)
  • Nightly Builds (Windows only, also available on official site)
  • How to Download Gimp

Downloading Extra Stuff

  • Brushes (Windows Only)
  • Fonts
  • Fonts (Windows Only)
  • Fonts Without Download Button (Windows Only)
  • Gradients
  • How to Install Gradients
  • Installing Plugins (Windows Only)
  • Opening Textures
  • Plug-ins
  • Scripts


  • Animstack
  • How to Download Animstack
  • GAP (Windows Only)
  • Ghost Script
  • G’MIC

Coloring Tutorials

  • Basic Filters
  • Black and White
  • Brightening
  • Changing Hair Color
  • Color Meme
  • Color Splash
  • Color Vibrance
  • Coloring Pictures
  • Colorize Black and White Photos
  • Colorize, Brightness Contrast, and Threshold
  • Darken Gradient
  • Different Gradients
  • Faux Gradient
  • Faux Topaz Clean
  • Faux Topaz Denoise
  • Gradient
  • How to Use Gradients
  • Hue Saturation
  • Isolated Coloring
  • Levels
  • List of Gradients
  • Making Dull Edits
  • Pastel Coloring
  • Using PSDs
  • Value Invert
  • Vibrant Coloring
  • Vintage Coloring

Editing Tutorials

  • 3D
  • 3D with a Colored Image
  • Adding Texture to Picspams
  • Banners
  • Black Background
  • Black Demon Eyes
  • Blank Face
  • Blending Pictures Together
  • Blonde to Red Hair
  • Blurred Background
  • Bordered Photosets
  • Borders on Photos
  • Box and Camera Textures
  • Change Clothing Color
  • Changing Eye Color
  • Changing Texture
  • Channel Mixer
  • Collages
  • Color and Texture Background
  • Color Fill
  • Complicated Templates
  • Cutting Out Images
  • Dip Dyed Hair
  • Dotted Borders
  • Dotted Outline
  • Double Borders
  • Drop Shadow
  • Elf Ears
  • Extending the Top of an Image
  • Facebook Timeline Cover
  • Fade-in Transition
  • Fansite Header
  • Flawless Skin
  • Flower Crowns
  • Half Photo
  • Halftone
  • Icons
  • Icons w/ Gradient Backgrounds
  • Layer Masks
  • Light Leak
  • Logo Design
  • Makeup
  • Making Icons
  • Manip (2)
  • Minimalist Poster
  • Minimalist Tutorial
  • Movie Posters (more detailed)
  • Noise
  • Outline
  • Outline Cutout Images
  • Paint Splatter
  • Pattern and Light Textures
  • Picspam
  • Picture in Text
  • Polaroid
  • Red Eye Removal
  • Red Lips
  • Removing Watermarks
  • Round Corners
  • Round Icons
  • Scratch Paper
  • Semi-Transparent
  • Simple Edit
  • Smudge Tool
  • Soft Glow
  • Space Between Picture
  • Spaced Pictures
  • Split Portrait
  • Speech Bubble
  • Stroke on an Image
  • Targaryen Effect
  • Tattoos and Piercings 
  • Templates
  • Texture (2)
  • Texture on Clothing
  • Transparent Backgrounds
  • Transparent Border
  • Transparent Circle
  • Tumblr Header
  • Twitter Side Background
  • Unsaturated Blur
  • Using Cage Transform
  • Using Paths
  • Using Textures
  • Using Wavelet Denoise
  • Using Wavelet Sharpen
  • VHC Effect

GIF Tutorials

  • 3D Motion
  • 3D White Line Effect
  • Adding Gradient
  • Adding Text
  • Adding Texture
  • Badges
  • Banner
  • Better Looking GIFs
  • Black and White to Color (Slowly Fading)
  • Black Background
  • Blank Page
  • Blending Two GIFs Into One
  • Border Inside GIF
  • Circle GIF
  • Color Hue
  • Comic Book GIFs
  • Click and Drag Game
  • Color Bomb
  • Color Burn
  • Coloring
  • Coloring with Brightness and Contrast
  • Coloring with Curves
  • Color to Black and White
  • Complicated Templates
  • Crackship
  • Doodle GIFs
  • Extending the Top of a GIF
  • Fade Transition
  • GIFs (detailed)
  • GIF in Objects
  • GIF in Templates
  • GIF in Text
  • GIF Inside a Silhouette 
  • How to Add GIFs to Pictures
  • How to Add XCFs to GIFs
  • How to GIF on Gimp
  • How to Make a Gif (HQ)
  • How to Sharpen a GIF
  • Isolated Color
  • Makeup
  • Making One Part of a GIF Move
  • Motion Blur
  • Motion Blue Transition
  • Moving Outline
  • Picspam
  • Sharpening
  • Sharpening and Coloring (GAP)
  • Text on Certain Part of GIFs
  • Texture Brush GIF
  • Two Gifs in One Frame
  • Using Templates

Graphic Tutorials

  • 3D Motion
  • Black and White Picspam with Text
  • Cloud Graphic
  • Color Palette
  • Cutout Pattern Tutorial
  • Cutout With Texture and Speech Bubble Effect
  • Diamond Graphic
  • Double Exposure
  • Eye Cutouts
  • Futuristic Animation
  • Futuristic Motion Blur with Texture
  • iPod Gif
  • Magazine
  • Paint Splatter With Cutout
  • Paper Texture Gradient
  • Speech Bubble
  • Subtle 3D
  • Template Graphic
  • Typography Graphic
  • Hydra Mainframe Animation
  • Undersaturated Brushstroke
  • Vintage Decorative Box
  • Vintage Handwritten

Text Tutorials

  • Color Burn Text
  • Curve Text
  • Dotted Outline
  • Drop Shadow
  • Gradient
  • Keep Calm and Carry On
  • Landscape Text
  • Motion Blur
  • Outer Glow
  • Quotes
  • Shadows
  • Simple Boxed Name
  • Text Animation
  • Text as Face
  • Text in Box
  • Text Stroke
  • Translucent Text
  • Typing Effect
  • Typography
  • Using Fonts
  • Watercolor Minimalist
  • Watercolor Minimalist 2

XCFs (Basically Gimp’s Version of  PSDs)


  • Applying XCFs
  • How to Use XCF
  • Making XCFs
  • Using XCFs


  • Black and White w/ Red Gradient
  • Blue w/ Texture
  • Bright/White
  • Contrast
  • Death Note
  • Disney
  • Disney Pastel
  • Doctor Who 709
  • fy-gimp XCFs
  • Gimp XCF #1 (asseylum-hime)
  • Gimp XCF #2 (asseylum-hime)
  • Green
  • Jasonika
  • Miley Cyrus Vintage
  • Monochrome
  • Pastel
  • Photoshoot
  • Primadonna
  • Rose Tyler
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Teen Wolf
  • The Hobbit/Yellow or Orange
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Vintage
  • White


  • fy-gimp Curves
  • Digital Painting
  • Grid Background
  • Layer Modes
  • Lineart
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Shortcuts
  • Teen Wolf Curve
Survey #131 : Personal About Me

Last Person That

1. Slept in your bed besides you? — No one

2. Saw you cry? — I don’t know

3. You went to the movies with? — Mysti

4. You went out to dinner with? — Kayla if the dining hall counts haha

5. You talked on the phone to? — My mom

6. Made you laugh? — Probably Kayla

Would You Rather

1. Pierce your nose or your tongue? — Nose, but I don’t want that pierced either

2. Be serious of be funny? — Funny

3. Drink whole or skimmed milk? — Skim

4. Die in a fire or drowning? — Omg wtf

5. Spend time with your parents or enemies? — Parents for sure

Are You?

1. Simple or complicated? — Pretty simple

2. Straight, gay or bisexual? — Straight

3. Tall or short? — Average

4. Right handed or left handed? — Right

5. A lover of music or a lover of books? — Music

Do You Prefer

1. Flowers or sweets? — Sweets

2. Grey or black? — Grey

3. Colour photos or black-and-white photos? — Color

4. Sunrise or sunset? Sunset

5. M&Ms or Skittles? — M&M’s

6. Staying up late or waking up early? — Staying up late

7. Sun or moon? — Sun

8. Winter or Autumn? — Autumn

9. 10 acquaintances or 2 best friends? — 2 best friends

10. Rainy or sunny? — Sunny

11. Vanilla ice cream or chocolate ice cream? — Chocolate

12. Vodka or Jack? — Vodka

About You

1. What time is it? —4:30 PM

2. Name? — Jessica

3. Nicknames? — Jess

4. When is your birthday? — June 4th

5. What do you want? — I’m not sure

6. How many kids do you want? — 2 or 3

7. What would you name a girl? — I don’t know

8. What would you name a boy? — I don’t know.

9. You want to get married? — Yes, someday!

10. What kind of music do you like? — A lot of different things


1. Nervous habits? — Biting my nails

2. Are you double-jointed? — Yes

3. Can you roll your tongue? — Yes

4. Can you raise one eyebrow? — No

5. Can you cross your eyes? — Yes, but it’s hard for me to.


1. Which shoe goes on first? — Idk haha

2. Ever thrown something at someone? — Yes

3. On average, how much money do you carry with you? — Uhhhh it depends

4. What jewelry do you wear? — Literally none

5. Do you twirl or cut spaghetti? — Cut

6. Have you ever eaten Spam? — Yes

7. Favourite ice cream? — Mint chocolate chip

8. How many kinds of cereal are in your cupboard? — Idk

9. Can you cook? — Somewhat


Alcoholic beverage? — Citrus Burnett’s with orange juice

Car ride? — Last night

Movie seen? – John Tucker Must Die

Song played? — When You Look Me In The Eyes - Jonas Brothers

Person you saw? — Kayla

Time you cried?-  Uhhhhh last night maybe

Fight? – Never been in one


“Woman in Red” 

Woman in Red is an Impldoll Lydia in grey. These photographs are not black and white photos, they are color. The doll itself has been crafted to look like a black and white photograph of a blonde woman wearing a red and gold gown. She will be in the silent auction portion of the Art Show. I think she’s one of the neatest dolls I’ve ever made for the show!

Hey guys, I’ve been super busy so I’m sorry about not staying as on top of people’s posts as I used to. Thank you guys for supporting me none-the-less. =) I’ve got two weeks to catch up on stuff so I’m planning to be more active. =) <3

This is yet another Mother’s Day commission. I actually have 1 more but I looked at it and realized that I got some of the proportions off. The client liked it and said she didn’t want any changes but I’m upset with how her father turned out. =/ His head is, like, way too big.
Anyways, the client gave me a photo for reference and I’ve tried to find the original photographer with no luck. If anyone knows just send me a message and I’ll update. The client wanted the black and white photo drawn with Jamaican colors, which was an interesting experiment since I had to find places the green and red looked natural. =P I’m pretty happy with how it came out.


The Ring Nebula

by NASA on The Commons
The NASA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the sharpest view yet of the most famous of all planetary nebulae, the Ring Nebula (M57). In this October 1998 image, the telescope has looked down a barrel of gas cast off by a dying star thousands of years ago. This photo reveals elongated dark clumps of material embedded in the gas at the edge of the nebula; the dying central star floating in a blue haze of hot gas. The nebula is about a light-year in diameter and is located some 2,000 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Lyra. The colors are approximately true colors. The color image was assembled from three black-and-white photos taken through different color filters with the Hubble telescope’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. Blue isolates emission from very hot helium, which is located primarily close to the hot central star. Green represents ionized oxygen, which is located farther from the star. Red shows ionized nitrogen, which is radiated from the coolest gas, located farthest from the star. The gradations of color illustrate how the gas glows because it is bathed in ultraviolet radiation from the remnant central star, whose surface temperature is a white-hot 216,000 degrees Fahrenheit (120,000 degrees Celsius). Image # : PR99-01 Date: October 1, 1998