Correction: The posting responding to Cavender should have gone in under my name, Helen Radkey, not Freethinker, a friend of mine, who happened to be with me at the time of the posting.
Roger, there was apparent subterfuge used by the Mormon submitter in the submission of Ted Bundy’s name as Theodore Robert Cowell. The entry for Cowell is well-detailed on his birth information (including city, county, and state) and the date of death. However, the place of death (city) has been left off the death data. Only the state of death (Florida) is shown. After checking the information on this former IGI listing (for Bundy in disguise) with an LDS genealogist, an active temple Mormon, I was informed that the Mormon submitter most likely took the submission to the Jordan River Utah Temple and did the temple work for Bundy, himself or herself. Details of the proxy temple work for those like Vlad the Impaler and Blackbeard the Pirate were used in a (published) talk I was assigned to give on Mormonism in Chicago, years ago. Vlad is listed in the Mormon database as Vlad III Dracula Prince of Wallachia. Blackbeard the Pirate is shown as Edward Teach with the alias "Blackbeard" on the Mormon record, as well. I am not on trial here for spending too much time in the Mormon database. I have a personal (30 year) interest in the Holocaust. The most time researching the IGI was spent on the Mormon-Jewish agreement controversy, with about a dozen research reports on the topic, including a 61-pager. I was assigned to do the work by the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, after it became known that the LDS Church did not keep its 1995 agreement with Jewish organizations. I have current work engagements and will not be responding to any more posts here.
Theodore Robert Cowell was Ted Bundy’s real birth name. His mother, Louise, married a fellow named John Culpepper Bundy who adopted Theodore as a child. Theodore’s last name was then changed to Bundy. It appears the Mormon submitter deliberately submitted a misleading name because Theodore Robert Bundy was Bundy's legal name for most of his life. Ted Bundy had already been baptized a Mormon in 1975 and should not need proxy baptism. In Mormonism, baptism for the dead is usually done for deceased non-Mormons who rejected or did not hear about the Mormon gospel in mortality.
Roger, the cult tactics you are using is the DEMONIZATION of a perceived cult critic. Cult defenders, like yourself, invariably argue that the opinions of former members, or perceived "apostates," should not be considered reliable because such people may be unfairly prejudiced against the group. You don't care about the facts that have been presented in this Bundy report, which is not about me. You continue to attack me, personally, like it is an uncontrollable urge with you. All you are doing is demonstrating your own religious bigotry and partisan opinions.
Roger, the typical cult tactics you are using to attack me, as the bearer of information, rather than address the specific content of the information, does not impress. You would "kill the messenger," rather than deal with the evidence that the LDS Church committed the ultimate faux pas, when it posthumously baptized and "endowed" Ted Bundy in an LDS temple in Utah last year. My letter and comments in this paper are not futile. They reveal the fact that the LDS Church has performed posthumous temple ordinances for Ted Bundy, the most infamous serial killer in the history of this country. And, when this was happening, Bundy's true identity was deliberately concealed. He was baptized and "endowed" under a misleading name. Also, when this story went public this month, the Church immediately hid Bundy’s record. It is more than noticeable in your comments that you avoid mentioning Ted Bundy's name. My letter is about TED BUNDY and the LDS Church!!
Like it makes sense to perform a ceremony for the likes of Ted Bundy and then leave it in the hands of God? Like this could ever be construed as just action? Mormons baptize and "endow" rabid rapist and serial killer, Ted Bundy, under a misleading name on May 28, 2008 in the Jordan River Utah Temple. The record of Bundy’s LDS posthumous ordinances is then immediately removed from FamilySearch online, when the story goes public on February 10, 2009. This article in Salt Lake City Weekly borders on sensationalism? I don’t think so. This newsworthy story deserves to come out in the open.
Roger, it takes a great deal more time to process the names of tyrants, mass murderers, pirates, gangsters and other criminals through Mormon temples than to quickly look up these easily-found names in the Mormon database. I am not the one who is wasting time with futile exercises.
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