His story is a wonderful example of that field force for psychology professors, lawyers, and law enforcement to use to explain its power. It's told most recently by Ann Rule in "The Stranger Beside Me."
There Bundy was in Tallahassee, Florida, with a new identity. He had lost enough weight in prison in the Northwest to escape through a hole in the ceiling. Although he was on the FBI's Most Wanted list for multiple murders he could fade into a crowd.
Down south, he got by through petty theft, especially by lifting credit cards from women's purses propped up in shopping card. Eventually, he would have to get a job, probably in construction, but he was putting that off. His priority was to just enjoy freedom. He enjoyed slowly drinking a beer at night and watching television.
Then the compulsion to kill young women returned. His first spree was in a sorority house during the night. Two young girls were murdered, several others badly injured. The beginning of the end happened when one member of the sorority was returning to the house and spotted him exiting. She provided a sketch.
He went on to other attacks and murders before he was apprehended in a stolen car. When arrested he begged for the police to kill him.
Yes, murderers suffer too. And among that distress is compulsion. The re-telling of the Bundy saga by Rule might bring compassion to those, in addition to murderers, who are also trapped in that in driven state. Among them are addicts.
Science might develop a method for blocking compulsion.
Those over-50 I coach often get stuck in the compulsive drive to replicate earlier forms of success.
Where their focus should be is on identifying and pouncing on new kinds of opportunities. A helpful mantra of aging professionals is: How is your now! The world is changing. Their industries are changing, Technology is changing. They are changing.
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