Ted Bundy Case Study Essay

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Theodore Robert Cowell, alias Ted Bundy, was an American serial killer, rapist and necrophiliac. He was considered to be one of the most notorious criminals of the late 20th Century. “ I would describe him as close to being like the devil as anyone I ever met.” , Joseph A., (2006). He was born in November 1946, in Vermont and he was executed in Florida, in 1989. He's mother was Louise Cowell, but his father identity remains unknown. After giving birth, Louise left Ted to be raised by her parents, witch adopted him, and he was unaware that the woman that he believed to be his sister, was in fact his biological mother. In his early age, in school, Bundy was remembered as being an intelligent, happy and
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"Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action."-Albert Bandura, Social Learning Theory, 1977. If we analize Ted Bundy , from the Social Learning Perspective, we can suggest that his abnormal behaviour started with his early exposure to media and violent hard-core pornography. He started reading pornography when he was only 12 years old. His friends found pornographic books in the rubbish near his house. According to James Dobson, the last man that interview Ted Bundy, in the day of his execution in 24 of January 1989, Bundy himself admitted that pornographic materials shaped and modelled his behaviour "You are going to kill me," he said, "and that will protect society from me. But out there are many, many more people who are addicted to pornography, and you are doing nothing about that." he said. A research conducted by Cambridge University, in 1998, reveals the fact that people who are addicted to pornography show similar brain activity to alcoholics or drug