About Ted’s first escape on June 07, 1977 :

Bundy arrived for a hearing on his motions (He wanted the Utah case suppressed as evidence in the murder trial, the suppression hearing closed and the death penalty ruled unconstitutional). After a 10:30 recess, he was left alone for a few minutes. Bundy paused for a moment by a second-story window and then jumped. Walking so he wouldn’t draw attention, Bundy ambled four blocks to the Roaring Fork River. Diving under a bush, he pulled off his turtleneck sweater, changed the part in his hair and then headed back through the center of town. He reached the tree line in fifteen minutes.

For six days, deputies, dogs and helicopters searched for Ted Bundy. Spending the night in the rain, Bundy broke into an empty cabin on Conundrum Creek. He stayed there for twenty-four hours, wolfing down a can of tomato sauce and a box of brown sugar. The morning of the third day, he grabbed a .22 rifle out of the cabin and headed up the creek, hoping to cross the Continental Divide. He took a wrong turn and stumble back to the cabin with a sprained ankle the following evening, passing a civilian armed with a rifle.

I’m looking for Ted Bundy,” the man with the rifle said.

Good luck,” Bundy said.

Discovering that the searchers had been in the cabin, he slept in the brush. Cutting north, he crossed a golf course and found a Cadillac with the keys in the ignition.

Bundy was pulled over as he tried to slip out of the county. A Band-Aid plastered on his nose and a hat pulled low over his eyes, Bundy ducked behind the steering wheel.

Hi, Ted,” Deputy Gene Flatt said.

Welcome home, Ted” Sheriff Ken Keinsat said when Bundy arrived back at the jail.

Thank you,” Bundy said. - Rolling Stone, December 14, 1978


“Iv seen myself in the media enough over the years. I know how I’ll be portrayed- It’ll be the same old thing. I’m not going to watch it. I’ve worked too hard to put all that behind me. I’m another person now. It would only make me angry, and i can’t afford to get angry.” - Ted Bundy talking about the TV show based on his life during the murders he committed, ‘The Deliberate Stranger”, that came out while he was still awaiting his execution in 1986. Above is the actor Mark Harmon, who portrayed Ted in the TV series, reenacting a similar court appearance Ted made at the Chi Omega trial in 1979.

Source- Ted Bundy: A Visual Timeline by Rob Dielenberg


During his trial, Ted Bundy was known to radiant confidence when handling the defence even though HE was the defendant. He was was also obsessed with the way he was being portrayed within the media at the time.

“What’s on television in Seattle?” he asked. “Are they covering me very much back there?”  “Quite a bit. I watched you in Tallahassee when you introduced yourself to the prospective jurors there. You seemed very confident.”

He was pleased.

I have no way of knowing if Ted truly felt the confidence which he projected, but going into his Miami trial, he seemed to believe that he could and would win. After an hour’s conversation, conversation which he told me was being monitored by Dade County jailers, we hung up, promising to meet again, this time in Miami. To newspapermen, Ted declined to predict the trial outcome. “If I was a football coach, I’d say when you’re in your first game of the season, you don’t start looking for the Super Bowl.”

Source- The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

How to tell fake news from real news

In November 2016, Stanford University researchers made an alarming discovery: across the US, many students can’t tell the difference between a reported news article, a persuasive opinion piece, and a corporate ad. This lack of media literacy makes young people vulnerable to getting duped by “fake news” — which can have real consequences.

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Want to strengthen your own ability to tell real news from fake news? Start by asking these five questions of any news item.

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Who wrote it? Real news contains the real byline of a real journalist dedicated to the truth. Fake news (including “sponsored content” and traditional corporate ads) does not. Once you find the byline, look at the writer’s bio. This can help you identify whether the item you’re reading is a reported news article (written by a journalist with the intent to inform), a persuasive opinion piece (written by an industry expert with a point of view), or something else entirely.

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What claims does it make? Real news — like these Pulitzer Prize winning articles — will include multiple primary sources when discussing a controversial claim. Fake news may include fake sources, false urls, and/or “alternative facts” that can be disproven through further research. When in doubt, dig deeper. Facts can be verified.

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When was it published? Look at the publication date. If it’s breaking news, be extra careful. Use this tipsheet to decode breaking news.

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Where was it published? Real news is published by trustworthy media outlets with a strong fact-checking record, such as the BBC, NPR, ProPublica, Mother Jones, and Wired. (To learn more about any media outlet, look at their About page and examine their published body of work.) If you get your news primarily via social media, try to verify that the information is accurate before you share it. (On Twitter, for example, you might look for the blue “verified” checkmark next to a media outlet name to double-check a publication source before sharing a link.)

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How does it make you feel? Fake news, like all propaganda, is designed to make you feel strong emotions. So if you read a news item that makes you feel super angry, pause and take a deep breath. Then, double-check the item’s claims by comparing it to the news on any three of the media outlets listed above — and decide for yourself if the item is real news or fake news. Bottom line: Don’t believe everything you read. There is no substitute for critical thinking.

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If you get in the habit of asking all 5 of these questions whenever you read a news article, then your basic news literacy skills will start to grow stronger. However, these are just the basics! To dive deeper into news and media literacy, watch the TED-Ed Lesson: How to choose your news. To find out more about what students need, read the Stanford University report, published here.

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