Johnny Culpepper Bundy is a familiar name to those of us that like watching crime documentaries and reading crime books. He was the father of Ted Bundy whose notoriety rose as one of the worst serial killers of the 20th century.
Johnny Culpepper Bundy was born on April 23, 1921 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County, North Carolina, USA. His parents were Charles Horrace Bundy and Ludie Ann Bundy. Johnny had eight siblings including Jessie Lee, David Clyde, Henry William, Herbert Llyod, Essie M. Wilson, Mary Elizabeth, Ludie Ann Colson and Earl Armistice Bundy.
As an adult, Johnie lived in Tacoma, Washington. He was quite a dedicated christian and member of the Methodist Church. At the age of 30, Johnny was thinking about getting married. He attended one of the adult single nights at the church where he met a beautiful woman named Louise Cowell, a single mother of one. They wasted no time and tied the knot on May 19, 1951.
He became the stepfather to her wife’s son Ted Bundy ( born Theodore Robert Cowell) and had four other children whose identities have hardly been available for the wider public.
Education and Career
Johnny Culpepper Bundy’s educational information is not known. However, records show that he had a career as a cook. He worked as a hospital cook while his wife worked as a secretary.
Johnny Culpepper Bundy’s Stepson Ted Bundy
His stepson Ted Bundy is in fact the reason his family gained the public attention. He committed some of the most heinous crimes in human history. However, despite that, he earned somewhat a celebrity status with his charm and intelligence during his trials.
Ted Bundy was born on November 24, 1946 in Burlington, Vermont, United States at the Elizabeth Lund Home for Unwed Mothers. Ted’s biological father, according to some sources, was Air Force veteran Lloyd Marshall.
Before his mother moved with him to Tacoma, Washington, they had lived at his grandparents home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For some reason, Ted was made to believe that his mother was his sister.
Johnny Culpepper Bundy loved his son Ted so much. However, their relationship wasn’t smooth. Ted was trapped into feeling that he did not belong and he felt like he was illegitimate. This, arguably, was due to confusion about his parents. At high school, Ted stopped referring to Johnny Culpepper Bundy as father and instead called him by his name John.
Ted Bundy was described as shy but intelligent during his college years. He developed good social skills and had some normal as well as intimate relationships with women. However, Ted’s obsession with assaulting and killing young women grew. Between 1974 and 1978, he had raped and muddered tens of women across over ten States in the US. He confessed to 28 murders and was ultimately sentenced to death. Ted Bundy, the infamous son of Johnny Culpepper Bundy died through electric chair execution in Florida in 1989.
Johnny Culpepper Bundy’s Death
Johnny Culpepper Bundy died at the age of 86 on May 17, 2007. His death occurred in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA and was laid to rest at Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood, Pierce County, Washington, USA.