He became increasingly uncomfortable around his stepfather and made it clear that he preferred to be alone.
Bundy was a good student at Woodrow Wilson High School, and was active in a local Methodist church serving as vice-president of the Methodist Youth Fellowship.
Bundy graduated in 1972 from the University of Washington with a degree in psychology, and soon afterward, he began working for the state Republican Party.
While on a business trip to California in the summer of 1973, Bundy came back into Stephanie’s life with a new look and attitude; this time as a serious, dedicated professional who had been accepted to law school.
Ironically, Rule would go on to write the most famous biography of Bundy and his crimes, The Stranger Beside Me.
Bundy had one serious relationship with fellow college student Stephanie Brooks (a pseudonym), whom he met while enrolled at the University of Washington in 1967.
Bundy became an honors student and was well liked by his professors.
In 1951, one year after their move, Louise met Johnny Culpepper Bundy at an adult singles night held at Tacoma’s First Methodist Church.
A Navy veteran and cook at a local Veterans Administration hospital, Bundy was eligible and lonely much like single mother Louise.
For the first few years of his life, Bundy and his mother lived in Philadelphia with his maternal grandparents.
In 1950, Bundy and his “sister” moved to live with relatives in Tacoma, Washington where Louise had Ted’s last name inexplicably changed from Cowell to Nelson.
Following her 1968 graduation and return to her family home in California, Stephanie ended the relationship.