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.


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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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