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Crime History: Cheers erupt outside Ted Bundy's execution

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On this day, Jan. 24, in 1989, serial killer Ted Bundy was executed in the electric chair, and about 2,000 people gathered outside the Florida State Prison in Starke cheered when they heard the news.

"I'd like you to give my love to my family and friends" were Bundy's last words.

His execution came more than 15 years after he began murdering girls and women across the country, including two Florida State University students who were bludgeoned as they slept in their beds in a sorority house on a night in which Bundy attacked five female students.

Also among his atrocities: Three weeks after the FSU horrors, Bundy abducted and mutilated a 12-year-old girl and dumped her body in an animal pen.

As the clock ticked toward his execution, Bundy confessed to about 30 murders.

Polly Nelson, a member of his last defense team, said Bundy was "the very definition of heartless evil."

- Scott McCabe

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