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Ted Bundy was not exactly your typical charming and intelligent human being. He is one of the more well known serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, burglar, and necrophile. He assaulted and murdered numerous females. Ted Bundy had graduated with a psychology degree and was even accepted to law school in Utah. He was an illegitimate child, Bundy was raised as the adopted son of his grandparents and was told that his mother was his sister. He offered information on some of the unsolved murders to avoid Florida’s electric chair, but he was executed on January 24, 1989.
I took a lot from the film, but a particular topic that stood out to me was the act of Ted Bundy’s demise. Capital punishment refers to the process of sentencing convicted offenders to death for the most serious crimes ( also known as capital crimes) and carrying out that sentence. I believe that no person should ever be executed because it is completely degrading. In this scenario Ted Bundy is in prison for taking people’s lives, and how do we justify to ourselves it is okay to kill him? Putting a prisoner on Death Row will not bring the victims back, and it does not solve anything. Taking another life in addition to the people he killed just makes it worse. Capital punishment should just not be an option, and instead just make them spend the rest of their lives in a cell instead of making them die.
I do not think that prisons or states should have the right to take someone’s life because just like any lawyer would argue no one should be able to kill. I understand that people are in prison for a reason, but they are still people and should be treated so. Respect goes a long way for both parties, and yes the people in prison obviously failed to follow the law. Although they still have their most basic rights, and if we do not treat them like humans we become just as bad as them. In many cases, prisoners are wrongfully abused by fellow prisoners and even people working in the facility. I do not think that any type of punishment is acceptable while in prison, because the punishment is that they have to spend some of their life in prison away from the outside world. Being away from what you have known your whole life is a hard thing to grasp. Prison is a punishment, but I do not think they should have to spend their time fighting each other and trying to survive instead they should be able to better themselves. If we get a better understanding about the pains of imprisonment, the employees of the correctional system can ensure that the prisoners are appropriately punished and get a more realistic idea of what is acceptable and what works. If the prisoners start to understand the way punishment works, and how they should better themselves while there. The relationship with the correctional employees might even become less forced and more of that they are both there to get their time in essentially.
The Death Penalty also really hurts the human psyche for the guards who have to perform the act. The people work there spend maybe eight to ten hours with them, and then they have to watch this person lay on a gurney or sit in a chair and watch the life get taken out of them. No one should be able to choose who lives and dies, and it is quite hypocritical to kill an inmate after they were convicted for killing someone. With someone like Ted Bundy, it seems reasonable to just get rid of him. Although I really question how whether or not the people that allow capital punishment are also “monsters”.
Whether or not there is a concrete answer for why he murdered so many women will forever be a question. Ted Bundy had a troubled relationship with his mother ( who he thought was his sister for many years), his childhood living with his violent grandfather, and his inability to relate socially with others. Watching his “dad” abuse others could of very well led Ted Bundy to become violent as he grew older. Due to this, I think Ted Bundy began living in a fantasy world as a child. What better way for a boy to escape the feelings than to fantasize about being all powerful and controlling his own destiny? It is perfectly normal for young children to turn their painful memories of abuse, disappointment, humiliation, etc… into fantasies to comfort themselves. For Ted Bundy though his fantasies had turned into sexual possession, and possibly an unquenchable addiction.
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