Historical photo gallery, depicting the media frenzy and the morbidly festive atmosphere surrounding Ted Bundy’s execution day.
Bundy died at 7:16 a.m., on January 24, 1989 after a night of weeping and praying.
Around 500 of revelers, including 20 off-duty police officers sang, hugged, danced and set off fireworks in a pasture across the street from the Florida State prison as the execution was carried out.
This exclusive photo gallery originally appeared in Behind the Tape Photobook, along with nearly a thousand more exclusive crime scene photos, including 40 never-before-seen shots from Ted Bundy’s Issaquah dumpsite and the ransacked basement room of Bundy’s second victim, Lynda Ann Healy.
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With Florida State Prison in the background, spokesman Bob Macmasters fields questions from the media as Ted Bundy’s execution nears. (AP)
Television crews gather equipment in anticipation of Ted Bundy’s execution on January 23, 1989. (AP)
Ted Bundy’s image on a television screen on the lawn of the Florida State Prison. (Getty Images)
George Johnson from Jacksonville, Fla., hawks tee shirts outside the gate of Florida State Prison on January 23, 1989, in anticipation of the execution of Ted Bundy. (AP)
In her dining room, Louise Bundy wipes away a tear as she tells her son Ted: ‘You will always be my precious son.’ He was executed minutes later. (AP)
Pro-death penalty demonstrators standing outside the Florida State Prison as Ted Bundy was executed. (AP Photo)
A toy bunny is hung in effigy by Jerry Jackson of Atlanta Ga., wearing a Ronald Reagan mask, and the pro-death penalty crowd rejoices after the Ted Bundy execution on January 25, 1989 at sunrise in Starke, Fla. (AP)
Pro-death penalty demonstrators rejoice as the sun rises in the background and word circulates that Ted Bundy has been executed. (AP)
The morbidly festive atmosphere on the day of Ted Bundy’s execution. (AP)
Florida State University’s Chi Phi fraternity celebrates the execution of Ted Bundy with a large banner that says, “Watch Ted Fry, See Ted Die!” as they prepare for an evening cookout where they will serve “Bundy burgers” and “electrified hot dogs.” (Getty Images)
Sign of Naked Lady Saloon celebrating the execution of serial killer Ted Bundy. (Getty Images)
Sign at music instrument store announcing sale on electric guitars re. recent execution of serial killer Ted Bundy. (Getty Images)
A white hearse leaves Florida State Prison containing the body of Ted Bundy. (AP)
Curious onlookers cheering at the hearse carrying the body of Ted Bundy. (AP)
A hearse carrying the body of Ted Bundy stopped in traffic. (AP)
Ted Bundy is taken to the Alachua County Medical Examiner’s office following his execution at 7:16 a.m. (AP)
Ted Bundy is taken to the Alachua County Medical Examiner’s office following his execution at 7:16 a.m. (Getty Images)
The body of Ted Bundy arrives at the Medical Examiner’s office. (AP)
Ted Bundy’s dead body lies on a morgue stretcher. (Weekly World News)
An exclusive photo of Ted Bundy’s autopsy. Electrode burns are visible on his shaved head, along with stitches across the skull made during the autopsy. (Weekly World News)