Theodore Robert Bundy was born on November 24, 1946, in Burlington, Virginia, a beautiful waterfront town some two hours south of Montreal, Canada, and nearly 150-miles northeast of the capital city of Richmond. By his own admission, Ted led a quiet and uneventful childhood, and his friends and family back up his claim. However, deeper looks into his disturbing upbringing tell a different story about the raising of a serial killer.
Born at a home for unwed mothers, little baby Bundy remained there for two months while his birth mother contemplated the concept of placing him up for adoption. However, Ted Bundy's maternal grandfather wanted the infant to join his family in Philadelphia, and he was raised thinking his mom was his older sister rather than his mother.
As a child, a young Ted Bundy lacked the social graces that would later serve him well as a beguiling and brutal murderer. According to the Netflix documentary, Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, interviewer Sandi Holt (who grew up with a young Ted) said he was teased for having a speech impediment and couldn't keep up with the guys in his Boy Scout troop. In his high school years, he was only an average athlete failing to make his basketball and baseball teams. These shortcomings would later haunt him as an adult.
However, Bundy's childhood also included many instances of normality. He took odd jobs delivering newspapers and cutting neighborhood lawns, regularly went to church with his parents becoming the president of his local Methodist Youth Fellowship. Bundy had "normal" friends in his youth and even saved the life of one of his buddy's nieces when she was at risk of drowning. This was hardly a heroic task you'd likely later associate with a future serial killer.
Before his social awkwardness as a young man, his childhood went from somewhat normal to nasty as he continued to age. During Holt's conversations with the killer when he was behind bars, Ted stated he "liked to scare people." A fellow Boy Scout revealed that Bundy once crept up behind him and hit him over the head with a stick for no apparent reason.
Perhaps most bizarre was Ted's childhood passion for digging holes, placing sharpened stakes inside them, and then covering his tiny "tiger traps" with vegetation as camouflage. At least one little girl fell into one of his small pits of despair and injured her leg in a notable incident. This was certainly no accident and Bundy's bizarre behavior would continue to escalate into unlawful acts and unusual behaviors.