Gerald Stano and Ted Bundy had a few things in common. They were both serial killers that claimed many women as their victims, and they both died in the electric chair for their crimes. The two men were housed in the same prison with Bundy dying in 1989, followed by Stano in 1998. In this article, you will learn more about these two convicted serial killers.
Gerald Stano was convicted as a serial killer and sentenced to die in the electric chair. He confessed to killing 41 people , taking the lives of at least 22 women. Stano admits to officially starting his killing spree in the early 1970s while he was in his 20s. In other statements, he claimed to have started his life of crime when he was 18 years old , taking lives in the late 1960s. Around this time, several girls that lived in the same area that Stano lived started to disappear. Physical evidence was slim, so trying to verify his claims was difficult to do many years later.
Stano actively killed in the states of Florida and New Jersey. By the time he was 29 years old, he was in prison for murdering 41 women. He was actually placed in the same jail as another well-known serial killer, Ted Bundy. It was March 23, 1998 when Stano was put to death in the electric chair in Florida State Prison. The last piece of information that he gave to police was the location of his last body. It was actually hidden directly across from the police station.
During the 1970s, Ted Bundy assaulted, raped and murdered many young women. He is one of the most well known of serial killers because he openly expressed the pleasure he had when hurting and controlling others. Bundy constantly denied his guilt until shortly before his execution, he confessed to about 30 homicides that he had committed between 1974 and 1978. His murdering spree stretched across seven different states, where he took on various aliases and personalities. The exact number of deaths that can be attributed to Bundy is unknown.
Bundy possessed ideal traits for a serial killer. With his good looks and charm, he was able to easily attract and entice his victims. He would usually approach the women in public places , usually acting as if he was injured or with a disability. Sometimes, he would impersonate an authority and even acted as a police officer. When he got the women to a secluded location, he would overpower and assault them before killing. He was known to revisit his crime scenes to perform further acts until the bodies were too badly decomposed to have any more contact.
Bundy also took the heads of some of his victims, which he kept as trophies in his apartment. His initial charges came in Utah in 1975, as he was convicted of aggravated kidnapping and attempted criminal assault. He has received three death sentences in two separate trials for the three known homicides committed in Florida. Finally, he was put to death in the electric chair at Raiford Prison in Starke, Florida, in January of 1989.