On this day in 1989, Ted Bundy was executed in Florida State Prison after admitting to at least 20 murders in the Pacific Northwest and Florida. Robert Keppel, a state investigator that tracked Bundy for 15 years believes he may have killed over 100 girls and women.
In the final interview conducted before his death, Bundy spoke of his childhood in a strong household with loving parents, and discussed his impending death, and how a combination of violent media, pornography, and alcohol contributed to his behavior:
“I deserve…the most extreme punishment society has and I think society deserves to be protected from me and from others like me…I think society deserves to be protected from itself. Because…there are forces loose in this country, particularly again this kind of violent pornography where on the one hand well-meaning, decent people will condemn the behavior of a Ted Bundy while they’re walking past a magazine rack full of the very kinds of things that send kids down the road to be a Ted Bundy.”
According to the Gainesville Sun, people gathered outside the prison to celebrate his execution, and “Bundy’s death brought shouts of joy.”