Mormons Apparently Scrubbed Record of Serial Killer Ted Bundy’s Posthumous Baptism

On Tuesday, we published a story based on a letter to the editor of the City Weekly in Salt Lake City that revealed that the Mormon Church has posthumously baptized — a practice referred to as “proxy rites” — a long list of controversial people that ranges from Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, and Adolph Hitler to Bonnie and Clyde and Bugsy Seigel.

While it was bizarre and alarming that Mormons chose to baptize some of the most evil historical figures who have walked the planet, finding the name of Ted Bundy, a relatively recent serial killer, on the list was even more disturbing. Bundy, whose name at birth was Theodore Robert Cowell, joined the Mormon Church in 1974, at around the same time he began the cross-country spree in which he raped and killed as many as 100 women.

Now a source close to the investigation into proxy rites informs us that Bundy, who was executed in Florida in 1989, was given proxy rites by the church less than a year ago, in May 2008. Furthermore, it appears the church scrubbed the record of Bundy’s posthumous baptism last month, around Feb. 11, after his listing in the proxy-rites database was reported in the Salt Lake City media.

We also learned that another serial killer with Mormon ties was given proxy rites. Arthur Gary Bishop, a serial rapist and murderer of underage boys from Hinckley, Utah, was excommunicated by the church prior to his execution in 1988, and has been given proxy rites since.

According to Mormon dogma, proxy rites do not guarantee their subjects entry into heaven. Upon entering the afterlife, the subjects of the rites have the option to accept them or disavow them and, presumably, go to hell.

18 Comments

  • Evil envoy
    November 23, 2010 - 5:32 pm | Permalink

    No, Bundy accepted and now he’s in Heaven.

    • March 21, 2018 - 11:39 am | Permalink

      Thankfully none of the mormon’s baptism for the dead does any good. It’s unbiblical to say the least. The bible states that “We die and then comes the judgement”. Bundy is not in heaven, nor is Hitler or the Green River Killer. If mormons are so enamored of the thought of spending eternity with these evil doers, then I guess they’re making their way to that wish with their false doctrines, false prophets, false scriptures and false beliefs. The thought that sinful men here on earth can impart salvation through their temple rites, and the poor saps whose names were unknown are stuck being lost, is denying the power of salvation that comes only through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, it’s the denial of biblical scripture itself where it is written that “none of those whom God called are lost”, not one. There is death and then the judgment, for which each one of us will give an account, no “after death second chance”. Funny that your so-called prophet Joseph Smith Jr. declared that “all the churches and christians who came before him were an abomination”, but his church grants heaven to Hitler and serial killers. That’s seriously effed up, not to mention totally unscriptural and un-christian.

  • A
    December 29, 2010 - 12:07 am | Permalink

    Anyone who was a baptized member of the LDS Church and is excommunicated will have their temple work, including baptism for the dead, automatically done when they die. This is not a conscious choice by The Church, the name comes up from a database several years after the reported death (from SSI, etc.) and is submitted for baptism.

    As for the other names that you listed, they were found through extraction- thousands to millions of official records are taken from government or church sources at one time- and were not submitted individually. That said, The Church does teach that everyone who ever lived on the Earth must have their temple work done.

    I doubt that you care to clarify the doctrine, but AFTER choosing to accept or reject their proxy baptism, all people are then judged by God and will end up wherever HE sends them; baptism is not a golden ticket. Thank goodness God knows the truth about Ted Bundy and is the final judge.

    • March 21, 2018 - 11:47 am | Permalink

      This whole notion is totally unscriptural as per the Bible. False prophet Joseph Smith concocted a whole lot of false doctrines, actually a new false religion that he named the biggest misnomer of all, “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints”. The mormon church is not the church of Jesus Christ, the mormon Jesus and the mormon God bears no resemblance to the biblical Christ and God. It should rightfully be called “Church of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young”.
      Smith claimed to have received the famous tablets written in “reformed egyptian”. Do you know that there has never been such a language?
      He claimed that tribes came to America and founded great civilizations. Do you know there is ZERO evidence of any such peoples, and furthermore it has been proven through DNA testing that American Indians could not possibly be descendants of the tribes claimed by Smith? DO you know that Smith claimed that thought revelation he knew there were men on the moon? God does not lie. God did not tell him any such thing. Smith is a false prophet, so is Young and all their followers (the mormons) are deceived. Not bad people, but badly deceived.

  • Wondering
    September 28, 2011 - 12:33 am | Permalink

    Just who grants the Mormon church the right to pilfer through governmental records? Birth and Death records are available only to next of kin, NOT THE MORMON CHURCH.

    • March 21, 2018 - 11:47 am | Permalink

      The arms of the mormon church are indeed very long.

  • irishdave3
    August 25, 2012 - 8:07 pm | Permalink

    The question arises, A…Is God of Kolob a forgiving type or does Ted have to go back to “Spiritual Prison”?

  • Alan
    December 14, 2012 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

    all births,deaths & other records are available to anyone. not only next of kin, or family members or the mormon church, catholic church etc…

  • October 9, 2013 - 6:53 am | Permalink

    At least Ted tried to change by joining the church ( LDS ) while he

    has that killer impulse back then.Just did not work out for him.

    • GetReAl
      January 16, 2017 - 2:52 pm | Permalink

      Just speculating,i think bundy(like most serial killers like btk) used church and god to stay out of police radars.its hard to imagine a church leader to be evil and deceptive but not impossible,the most elusive serial murderers learn early to blend in as fathers and leaders in the communities.we are all capable of anything so be aware of everyone,the army taught my friends and i complacency kills.im not saying there was never a serial killer that tryed to repent,im sure theres been a good few that has used religion to stop,but at the same time sinners were targets by some serial killers thinking they r doing gods work.its funny that vlads people saw him as a hero and warrior for god,in this day we see him as the basis for a horror movie demon…diffrent times diffrent views

  • Josie Fox
    August 3, 2014 - 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Why Hitler and Vlad then? They were certainly never members of the Mormon church, so it not being their choice but a duty is blatantly wrong as they surely chose these two psychos freely?

  • Mark
    November 24, 2014 - 9:59 am | Permalink

    A person is judged by God not the LDS Church or any Man. The LDS Church does thousands of names every day throughout the world of people who have passed away. It is not possible to know how “all” thes people lived their lives. God will judge them just as he will judge you, me and every serial killer.

  • August 15, 2015 - 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Why does anyone care about “work for the dead” if you don’t believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ then it doesn’t matter and it’s just a bunch of people (Mormons) doing something stupid. If you believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ then you must be thankful that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are in charge and know the end from the beginning. They will take care of us, all of us. I don’t know what that looks like but I trust them and that’s enough.

    • March 21, 2018 - 11:59 am | Permalink

      Oh but we do believe in the TRUE GOSPEL, the one given to us by the apostles 2000 years ago, not the Deformed gospel that false prophet Joseph Smith concocted.
      And that’s why if we profess to be christians, we hold the Bible as the Word of God, never changing because God never changes, there is no shadow of turning with Him,
      and if we believe the Bible (King James Version, as mormons claim to like) there is no way you can also believe in the mormon writings. They are at odds. They are contradictory to each other. One is a circle and the other is a square. Paul warned the church in Galatia, as written Galatians 1:8-9 King James Version (KJV)

      8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

      9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

      The word “accursed” in the greek is ANATHEMA. Joseph Smith did exactly that, he preached a completely different gospel. He discredited the Bible by claiming its translation cannot be trusted (although I’ve never found a single mormon who could point me to where the inaccuracies are), hence mormons use the bible mostly as a ruse, to make themselves look credible, but what they really believe is Joseph Smith.
      They quote the Bible where it’s safe, but totally avoid actual doctrines, the mormon gospel bears little to no resemblance to the Bible, other than using the same names and words, to better deceived the simple.

  • August 15, 2016 - 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I doubt the Mormon church would do this, why would they?

  • October 15, 2016 - 10:47 pm | Permalink

    All births and deaths records are available to everyone, but I doubt his happened anyway.

  • GetReAl
    January 16, 2017 - 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Lmfao bundy in heaven.wouldnt that be hell to him he liked to revisit his victims bodies weeks after the deaths to have necro sex with them.you think he would repent so he can be in happy no rape heaven.lolol.the weepy voiced killer spoke of not getting into heaven because of his monsterous ways.just saying what if god gives second chances through reincarnation….look out for hitler and bundy # 2s

    P.s. men are earths demons

    • March 21, 2018 - 12:01 pm | Permalink

      If mormons are so enamored of monsters such as Bundy, Hitler, Ridgeway et al, I’m sure God can accomodate and make them eternal roommates.

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