After his ultimate re-arrest on February 15, 1978, Ted Bundy was transferred to the Leon County Jail.

When Ted Bundy’s booking photo was taken, police did not realize who they had in custody, nor did they know what he was capable of doing.

“He was very personable, very charismatic, very unalarming, and see, that’s the dangerous thing,” former Pensacola Police Chief Norman Chapman said.

When Bundy was arrested, he gave a fake a name and did not reveal who he truly was for almost two full days. Chapman was assigned the case.

“He says, ‘My name is Theodore Robert Bundy,’ and I had no idea who he was.”

Chapman would learn Bundy was a cold-blooded serial killer, suspected of raping and murdering dozens of women across the country. Bundy told him things he did not tell anyone else.

Chapman said he spent 40 hours talking with Bundy. Perhaps most shocking was that Bundy was addicted to killing.

“As he told me, ‘You know I couldn’t go to anyone with my problem and tell them what my problem was, I couldn’t go to a psychiatrist and talk to them about that.’ The thing that was to his most detriment is he didn’t trust his attorneys because he thought he was a better attorney than they were,” Chapman said.

Considering Bundy’s history with escapes, Sheriff Ken Katsaris, an infamous figure in Bundy’s investigation, put three locks on the cell door Ted Bundy was kept in and made sure the keys were always in the hands of three different people.

“I got written up by the fire marshal’s office because they said if the jail were to catch on fire, he couldn’t get out,” Katsaris said. “I said, too bad.”

Ted Bundy Leon County Jail

The door of the cell where Ted Bundy was held at the Leon County Jail.

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