Ever since the world began, humans have been known to act according to their own will without thinking deeply of the consequences of their actions. Adam and Eve, the first two humans ever created in this world have a son who killed his brother with his own bare hands and it was recorded as the first crime in human history. Following his footsteps, it has been known for a long time that there are countless cases of brutal crimes. Now the question that has been asked over and over again is what are the reasons behind these brutal crimes? In the case of Ted Bundy, one of America’s most notorious serial killers, his frantic addiction to pornography since childhood, his early childhood experience of violence and his Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD) are the reasons behind his brutal crimes.
In Bundy’s case, Sullivan (2009) found that one of the reasons behind his brutal crimes is his unquenchable addiction to pornography. He started viewing violent pornography at an early age and he became so obsessed with women’s bodies. When it reached to a point where viewing is not enough, he started having interests in performing violent sexual acts like raping young women. He believed that pornography took control of his life and created his desire for sex. While raping, he loses his sanity, and his sense of reasoning only kicked in after raping them so he killed the victims for his own pleasure, as well as to leave no witness (Polyakov, 2012). According to Douglas (1996), the most crucial factor in the development of serial rapists and killers is the role of fantasy. When one watches too much pornography, it may cause him to act out what he has seen to bring his fantasy into reality. Morgan (1977) states that pornography is the theory and rape is the practice. Pornography ignites violence in certain individuals, especially the mentally disturbed people who would turn aggressive toward women.
Bundy also committed crime because of his early childhood experience of abuse. During his early childhood, Bundy’s grandfather raised him and he used violent parenting styles (Michaud & Aynesworth, 1999). Bundy’s grandfather, Samuel Cowell was a bad tempered man and he was abusive towards his family. He always abused Bundy’s grandmother verbally and physically until she was too depressed, and ended up being hospitalized. Following his grandfather’s behavior, Bundy tends to practice violence towards women as he grew up. Even as a child, he would use knives and torture animals like his grandfather did. Wareham (2009) states that children who are exposed to violence within their family learn those violent roles and may play out the roles of victim or victimizer in their own adult families. While children grow up, they learn how to behave and act out according to what they see. Social learning in family can affect children’s behavior while growing up. They learn violent acts when they are exposed to violence in their family.
Besides that, Hasan (2008) indicates that Bundy suffered from Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD). He had no concern for the feelings of others and he did not feel guilty for his crimes. His lack of remorse for others made him hurt people for his own pleasure. He treated them as objects that can be manipulated for his own benefits and uses his good-looking face to manipulate women by gaining their sympathy in order to lure them into his traps. Nestor (2002) found that some mental disorders, especially Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD) increase the risk of violence. In the 21st century, ASPD is also known as sociopathology (Scott, n.d.). Sociopaths are usually impulsive, so they tend to fulfill their desires through violence, which include raping and murdering people. They are also fearless of the consequences of their actions.
Many have made intense research on the factors behind Bundy’s crime. It turns out that he was addicted to pornography, he experienced violence during his childhood, and he suffered Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD). Therefore, these are the reasons behind his brutal crimes.