The truth was that Theodore Bundy didn’t like work. He worked so as not to starve, but he did not enjoy it, and he never worked consistently for long periods of time in the same job or profession. Even in the academic world, Bundy would have periods of forging ahead in his studies, but then backslide. School became a burden and schoolwork something he couldn’t face or complete in a timely fashion.
Stealing, on the other hand, was exciting. Bundy learned as a small boy in Tacoma that stealing could provide him with the things he wanted that his parents couldn’t afford. Bundy didn’t have to delay gratification until he could buy something. He could steal it and have it immediately! By the time Theodore Bundy was an adult, he had literally become an expert at the art of undetected theft. His ability to take advantage of anybody’s momentary carelessness and get away unnoticed was second to none. He was also unparalleled at stealing from stores. Bundy thought nothing of entering a store, laying his hands on a particular item (in full view of others) and walking out the front door. Stealing was not only a means of financial support, but it provided him with a type of “high,” an adrenalin rush which placed him in a category all by himself.
- The Bundy Murders by Kevin M. Sullivan