He told a girlfriend that a cousin showed him a copy of his birth certificate after calling him a "bastard", but he and other family members told attorneys in 1987 that Samuel Cowell was a tyrannical bully and a bigot who hated blacks, Italians, Catholics, and Jews, beat his wife and the family dog, and swung neighborhood cats by their tails.
He decapitated at least 12 of his victims, and kept some of the severed heads in his apartment for a period of time as mementos.On a few occasions, he simply broke into dwellings at night and bludgeoned his victims as they slept.He became an honor student, well regarded by his professors.In 1971 he took a job at Seattle's Suicide Hotline crisis center.During a trip to California on Republican Party business in the summer of 1973, Bundy rekindled his relationship with Brooks, who marveled at his transformation into a serious, dedicated professional seemingly on the cusp of a distinguished legal and political career.
He continued to date Kloepfer as well, though neither woman was aware of the other's existence.After Evans's reelection he was hired as an assistant to Ross Davis, Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party.Davis thought well of Bundy, describing him as "smart, aggressive ... In early 1973, despite mediocre Law School Admission Test scores, Bundy was accepted into the law schools of UPS and the University of Utah on the strength of letters of recommendation from Evans, Davis, and several UW psychology professors.He received three death sentences in two separate trials for the Florida homicides.Bundy died in the electric chair at Raiford Prison in Starke, Florida, on January 24, 1989.In a flat, calm voice, he replied, "Stephanie, I have no idea what you mean" and hung up. There is no consensus on when or where Bundy began killing women.