Bundy is believed to have been a sociopath. He was intelligent, educated, personable, handsome, got along well with women, but nevertheless regularly brutally murdered them usually with a blunt instrument, sometimes by strangulation. Seldom seen, he seldom left any clues. Captured in Utah and convicted of assault he was extradited to Colorado. While on trial for murder he attempted escape twice, succeeding the second time and fleeing to Florida. Convicted there of murder he was sentenced to death by judge Edward Cowart and executed in the electric chair. Ironically, because of the long appeals process, he would in fact outlive Cowart.
While under sentence of death, he was tried again and handed another death sentence by judge Wallace Jopling. During this second trial, he married Carole Ann Boone while she was on the witness stand.
In October 1982, his wife gave birth to their only child.